The University of Georgia Athletic Association and equestrian head coach Meghan Boenig have agreed to a new contract extension through 2025, J. Reid Parker Director of Athletics Josh Brooks announced Tuesday.
“Coach Meghan has built this program to a perennial power house in collegiate equestrian,” Brooks said. “She leads the team with tremendous integrity and passion for Georgia. Our equestrian student-athletes excel in competition and in the classroom, while also working hard to support the daily function of the program, including the care of our four-legged athletes. She has led our program through an incredibly difficult time with COVID-19 and they represented Georgia with the utmost respect, dignity and excellence. I’m proud to have Meghan lead our program for another four years.”
“I’m grateful to UGA and Josh Brooks for continuing to invest in the sport of equestrian,” Boenig said. “We remain committed to represent the G with pride by having both exemplary standards and work ethic. It’s an honor to work within this team.”
The only coach in Georgia equestrian history, Beonig led her team to its seventh national title this season, which is the most of any school in the National Collegiate Equestrian Association. Her teams have finished second in the nation eight times. The Bulldogs hold an all-time home record of 83-11 in dual regular season competition.
Four-time SEC Coach of the Year, Boenig has coached 11 Bulldogs to 17 SEC Rider of the Year honors. Since 2011, Georgia riders have garnered 75 NCEA All-America awards.
Her teams continue to shine academically, earning numerous top GPA honors at UGA. The Bulldogs have earned a total of 95 NCEA All-Academic Team honors. In her tenure, there have been 611 selections to the SEC Honor Roll and most recently, senior Isabelle Heckler was named the SEC Equestrian Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
A staunch advocate for equestrian on the national scene, Beonig is on the NCEA board of directors and is actively involved in a variety of conference and national committees. Georgia student-athletes have highlighted the sport with a wide range of award recognition, including the first Top 30 nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year to be from the sport of equestrian, Emma Mandarino in 2019.
Beonig’s contract, which was set to expire at the end of this academic year, now includes a four-year extension with compensation increase and additional staff investment.