Year at Utah: 1st
2020: Assistant Coach
2019: Director of Recruiting and Player Development
2018: Volunteer Assistant Coach
2012-2017: Falcon Gymnastics Center Assistant Coach
2009-2017: Seattle Pacific
2013-2017: Assistant Gymnastics Coach
2010-2012: Assistant Track & Field Coach
2009: Assistant Gymnastics Coach
2006-2008: Seattle Academy of the Arts & Science
Head JV Soccer Coach
Assistant Track & Field Coach
2007: Shoreline High School
Head Gymnastics Coach
NCAA All-Americans: 4
USAG National Champions: 5
USAG All-Americans: 21
Bachelor's in English
Hometown: Port Moody, B.C.
Birthdate: Jan. 31, 1983
Married: Henry Ruggiero
Children: Crosby, Hayden
Carly Dockendorf, a member of Utah’s gymnastics staff for the past two years, is in her first year as an assistant coach. Dockendorf spent the 2019 season as the team’s director of recruiting and player development and was Utah’s volunteer coach and choreographer in 2018.
Dockendorf brings a decade of college coaching experience to her new position, including her season as Utah’s volunteer coach. Previously, she spent nine years coaching at Seattle Pacific—six as an assistant gymnastics coach (2009, 2013-17) and three as an assistant track and field coach (2010-12). During her time on the SPU gymnastics staff, Dockendorf was the head vault and floor coach, floor choreographer, recruiting coordinator and strength and conditioning coach.
In her first year at Utah in 2018, Dockendorf’s work as a choreographer and volunteer coach was especially beneficial on floor, where the Utes picked up four All-America awards and two postseason apparatus titles. MyKayla Skinner and Sydney Soloski won All-America honors on floor at the NCAA Championships and Skinner and MaKenna Merrell-Giles were regular season All-Americans. Skinner won the 2018 Pac-12 and NCAA Regional floor titles, tying with Merrell-Giles for the regional floor title.
Last July, Dockendorf became Utah’s first director of recruiting and player development. In that full-time role, she was involved in all aspects of recruiting, including strategy, database management, on-campus official and unofficial visits. She also served as a liaison between the Utah gymnasts and campus departments, tracked academic progress reports, study table hours and mentor meetings, and assisted the incoming freshmen in their transition to the collegiate environment.
During her three-year break from gymnastics in 2010-12, Dockendorf served as SPU’s assistant track and field coach while also training for a berth on the Canadian Olympic team in the pole vault. While she narrowly missed making the team, she broke the Canadian indoor pole vault record by clearing 14 feet, 6 inches (4.42 meters) and competed for Canada at the Commonwealth Games in India, where she won a bronze medal. In 2011, she won the pole vault title at the Canadian National Track and Field Championships and set the British Columbia Provincial record, jumping 4.45 meters.
Dockendorf returned to the SPU gymnastics staff in 2013 and would leave with three USA Gymnastics national champions on floor and two on vault (the USAG Championships are for Division II and Ivy League schools). She coached 21 USAG All-Americans (11 on vault and 10 on floor). The Falcons set a number of school records while Dockendorf was there. They placed third at the USAG National Championships from 2014-16 and three individuals advanced to the Division I NCAA Championships, including one on vault and two on floor.
As an undergraduate at Washington, Dockendorf won the 2003 Pac-12 uneven bar title, scoring a 10.0, and was a second-team All-American that season. She set a school record with six 10.0 scores in her career, including five on floor. She won 48 total event titles from 2002-05, including a school-record 24 titles on floor, and was a three-time regional champion.
A two-time All-Pac-10 selection, Dockendorf was Washington’s MVP in 2003 and 2005. She won the team’s Most Inspirational award in 2002 and 2004 and served as the Huskies’ captain in 2004 and 2005.
Dockendorf took up pole vaulting as a sophomore, earning All-America honors with her sixth-place finish at the 2005 NCAA Championships. She placed 11th at the 2006 NCAA Track & Field Championships.
Dockendorf earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in communications from Washington in 2006, where she was a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic selection. She coached one year of gymnastics at Shorecrest High School and three years of track and field and soccer at the Seattle Academy of the Arts and Science before accepting the post at SPU.
Dockendorf became USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Certified in 2016 and earned a certificate from the NCAA Women’s Coaching Academy in Denver that same year.
The Port Moody, B.C., native is married to Henry Ruggiero, who also works in the Utah athletics department as its executive director for Olympic sports performance. They have two daughters: Crosby and Hayden.