Mike Hughes, Director -
Mike Alton, Hobart and William Smith College
Dave Collins, 1996 Olympic Bronze Medalist
Larry Connell, LaSalle University
Kelly Harris, Marietta College
Karin Hughes, Navy
Jimmy King, University of West Virginia
Kevin Luecke, University of Wisconsin
Laura Macfarlane, Northeastern University
Jim Mitchell, Jacksonville University
Quinlan, St. Joesph's University
Jason Read, Olympic Gold Medalist
Lou Renzulli, Drexel University
Caren Saunders, Washington College
Libby Sharrow, University of Minnesota
Nicky Stimpson, Navy
Sue Taylor, Emma
Wendy Wiseheart, University of Minnesota
*not all coaches will be at
Hughes enters his 7th year as the Head Coach of the Women's Crew. During
his tenure, the team has steadily increased speed and competitiveness in
the Eastern Sprints League.
Hughes came to Navy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 as the
Varsity Men’s Lightweight Coach. While at Penn, his Lightweight Freshmen
medaled twice at the Eastern Sprints. In his second year at Navy, he led
the Lightweights to their first winning season in many years. In the fall
of 1994 Hughes took over the Heavyweight Freshman team and in 1997 his
Second Frosh won the Eastern Sprints.
A 1972 graduate of Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Hughes has been
coaching since 1975. He has managed numerous National Teams and the 1988
1996 Olympic Bronze Medalist
is the Head Coach at JEB Stuart High School in Virginia. *Coach Collins
has also coached at Rutgers and Georgetown. *While at Georgetown, the
Freshmen Heavyweight Team won the 1998 Champion International Regatta.
Coach Collins’ rowing achievements include 6 years on the United States
National Rowing Team and concluded his career earning a Bronze Medal at
the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. *Other highlights include; 1995 Gold
Medal (Pan American Games), 1991 Bronze Medal (World Rowing
Championships), and 7 United States National Championships.
Connell took over as the Head Coach for Men's and Women's Crew at LaSalle
University in the Fall of 2004.
A 19 year
veteran of the University of Pennsylvania, Connell served as
an assistant coach to the heavyweight program, where his main duties are
with the freshman heavyweight squad, in addition to working as the men’s
rowing programs’ recruiting coordinator. Connell left Penn after the 2003
season to form a rowing consulting company called “Rowing Services LLC”
and trading as rowingservices.com.
The Company offers a variety of rowing services including: Program
Development, Individual or Group Lessons, Boathouse Management, College
Recruiting Seminars, Corporate Team Development, Shell Rigging and Sell
joining the Penn program, Connell was the freshman heavyweight coach at
Rutgers University for five years and the head coach at Holy Spirit High
School in Absecon, N.J. for three seasons.
1986-87 rowing season, the Penn freshman heavyweight team went an
impressive 33-0 and captured both the IRA and EARC Championship titles. It
was only the third time in school history that Penn won both championships
in the same season. For his accomplishments, Connell earned EARC Coach of
the Year honors.
Connell’s freshmen won the Eastern Sprints and advanced to the Henley
Royal Regatta, where they rowed to the semifinal. He then experienced
Henley tradition once again when his freshman eight boat won the 1997
Eastern Sprints and sailed into the semifinal at
Henley. Penn lost to eventual winner Goldie, the second varsity boat
1982, Connell has been involved in the coaching and development of the
U.S. Junior Men’s Rowing Team. In 1982, as one of two coaches of the
Junior Men’s Eight, Connell’s crew won a silver medal at the Junior World
Championships. In 1983 and 1984, along with current Penn Head Coach Stan
Bergman, Connell coached the Junior Men’s Eight in the Junior World
Dr. Mike Davenport was appointed
Washington's sixth head coach in the summer of 1990. Prior to that, he
was head coach at the
University of Albany. Mike graduated from FIT in 1978, where he won several Dad
Vail medals. After graduation, he was an assistant
coach and was instrumental in FIT winning several national titles as well
as the Dad Vail overall point trophy.
Davenport's coaching experience
has extended well beyond the collegiate experience realm and onto the
National Rowing Team. For two years, he was an assistant coach to the US
Pre-Elite Heavyweight team. He spent the summer of 1991 in Cuba as a
member of the Pan American team and was a member of the 1992-95 US World
Championship teams. Most recently, Davenport was a member of the 1996
Olympic Team in Atlanta, GA.
Davenport's experiences have carried the Washington College rowing program
to great levels of competition and have earned the team several Dad Vail
and IRA medals.
Hughes is in her sixth season as the Women’s Rowing Coach. Prior to
accepting the Novice Women's position, Hughes assisted with the Freshmen
Men’s Crew and the Varsity Women’s Crew. A 1991 graduate of the US Naval
Academy, Hughes was the Captain of the Varsity Women’s Crew and served in
the US Navy as a Supply Corps Officer following graduation.
A member of the 1997 National Rowing Team, she stroked the Women’s Double
in the World Championships at Aigubelette, France. In 1998, Hughes and
her partner won the Championship Double at the Head of the Charles in
Boston, MA. In 1999 Hughes won a Silver Medal as the stroke of the
Women's Double in the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
is in his seventh year as a coach of the Georgetown
varsity women's crew team. King came to Georgetown in
1999 to act as both the women's heavyweight and
lightweight programs. In 2004, he turned his focus to
only the heavyweight portion, as he is currently the
head varsity heavyweight coach for the Hoyas. King is a
1990 graduate of Bucknell University.
University of Wisconsin
Kevin Luecke is a first-year
graduate assistant coach with the University of Wisconsin Women's Rowing
program. Luecke works primarily with the Openweight squad while pursing
master's degrees in Urban & Regional Planning and Public Policy. Prior
to returning to school and coaching, Luecke severed as Head Boatman for
the men's and women's rowing programs at Wisconsin for 18 months.
Luecke previously served as a jack-of-all-trades at ZLAC Rowing club in
San Diego: he was the Head Junior's Coach, Facilities Manager, Boatman,
learn-to-row coordinator, and occassional master's coach. Luecke got his
start in coaching serving as the Varsity Assistant Coach for the
University of Notre Dame Women's Rowing team.
Luecke graduated from Northwestern University where he majored in
American History and Political Science and rowed as a lightweight.
Laura Macfarlane is
entering her second season as an assistant coach for the Hawkeyes.
Before coming to
Iowa, Macfarlane was a novice coach at Wisconsin during the 2001-02
season. While working with the Badgers, she coached the first
Novice 8+ to a bronze medal and the second Novice 8+ to a gold medal
at the Big Ten Championships. She also led the Novice 4+ and Varsity
4+ to first-place finishes at the Eastern Sprints.
Prior to coaching at
Wisconsin, Macfarlane spent the 2000-01 season as an assistant
rowing coach at Sacramento State. While in California, she also
served as an elementary sports coordinator for the Mission Oaks
Recreation and Parks District.
While attending the
University of Wisconsin, Macfarlane rowed from 1995-99. During her
collegiate career, she earned first team all-Central Region; was
presented the Graves Family Award, given to the team’s most valuable
rower; and was a student-athlete board representative. She won three
Midwest Rowing Championship titles, an IRA title and medalled twice
at the Eastern Sprints. Macfarlane also competed in the 1999 NCAA
Championships and the 1999 Royal Henley in England. While still a
student, she served as an assistant rowing coach with Wisconsin’s
novice openweight program from 1999-2000.
in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science
in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems.
entering his fifth year as the Head Women's and Men's Coach at
Jacksonville University. The Dolphins have won state championships,
Southern championships and medals at Dad Vails every year since Mitchell
Prior to Jacksonville, he served as assistant women's rowing coach at West
Virginia. Mitchell was named the Mid-Atlantic Assistant Coach of the Year
in 2003 and one of five finalists for the
National Assistant Coach of the Year Award. Prior to WVU, Mitchell was
the men's head coach at
from 1998-2002 and the head rowing coach for the Atlanta Junior Rowing
Association from 1994-1998.
Mitchell rowed at Tennessee-Chattanooga, and was part of the Top 20
wrestling squad. He received his bachelor's degree in business
administration from Tennessee-Chattanooga in 1992 and received his
Master's in special education from
St. Joseph's University
After serving as an assistant
coach in 1998-99, Gerry Quinlan is in his third-year as head women’s
varsity coach at Saint Joseph’s
University. A 1991 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Quinlan
brings more than a decade of collegiate head coaching experience to Hawk
Since his arrival at SJU,
Quinlan has been one of the driving forces behind the growth of both the
men’s and women’s rowing programs. Nearly doubling in participation during
his tenure, Quinlan has been active in the development of the new
boathouse, maintaining alumni support and coordinating several local
Quinlan’s resume includes a
six-year stint as the head coach of Northwestern University’s men’s and
women’s programs and a three-year stint as the head women’s coach at Notre
Dame. His teams have won medals at the Dad Vail Regatta, Champion
International Collegiate Regatta, and the Head of the Charles and have
competed in the Henley Royal Regatta and the Mexico City International
his prep career, Quinlan rowed at Monsignor Bonner High School. He then
went on to a successful career at the college level for the Irish.
Louis Renzulli is in his seventh season as head coach of the Drexel men’s
and women’s crew teams. The Absecon, N.J. native came to Drexel after
serving as the head crew coach at Ohio State University. Renzulli served
as the Buckeyes’ head coach for four seasons before coming to
Renzulli led last year’s team to an impressive second place finish at the
37th Annual Kerr Cup hosted on the Schuykill River. The women’s crew team
won the varsity eight race and was rewarded with the Lela H. Kerr Cup
during the Colonial Athletic Association Crew Championship. The women’s
team placed first in the finals at the Occoquan Sprints in varsity eight.
At Ohio State Renzulli supervised more than 110 student-athletes and three
assistant coaches. His 1997 men’s second varsity eight won the Champion
International Collegiate Regatta silver medal and his 1995 women's
lightweight eight won a gold medal in the same event.
Prior to his stint at OSU, Renzulli served as the head crew coach for the
Cincinnati Rowing Center where he directed all rowing for a
100-memberclub. His junior men's eight crew rowed to a silver medal in the
1993 USRA National Championships. He coached three national championship
squads in 1992 as his junior men's four captured a gold medal and the
boys' varsity four and boys' quad won the Scholastic National Championship
that same year.
Renzulli served as teacher and assistant crew coach from 1986-1991 at Holy
Spirit High School in Absecon, his alma mater. He coached five consecutive
Stotesbury Cup medalist crews, including boys' junior eight and boys'
lightweight eight. He began his coaching as an assistant lightweight crew
coach at Rutgers University (1984-86).
Renzulli, who graduated from Trinity College in 1983 with a degree in
philosophy, competed on the varsity crew team for four seasons.
graduate of the University of Kansas, Romens was a member of the Varsity
Rowing Team. Following graduation, Romens assumed an assistant coaching
position at Kansas for two years before accepting the position at Michigan
Caren is currently the Novice
Women's Coach at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. She holds a
USRowing Level III Coaching Certification and continues to row herself
with the local club. Caren rowed for the University of Virginia from 1992
to 1996 and served as co-captain during her fourth year. After graduation
from UVa's Curry School of Education in 1997, Caren took a full time job
as a high school history teacher in Fredericksburg, Virginia. After
teaching for four years, she accepted the position with Washington College
and moved to Chestertown.
University of Notre Dame
is in his fourth season as an assistant rowing coach at Notre Dame. In his
role, he is responsible for alumni relations and equipment management.
Scholsberg also assists in coaching the varsity program and coxswains and
works primarily with the varsity four crews.
Scholsberg has had a great impact working with the varsity four program.
During the past two seasons, Notre Dame's varsity four boats have
experienced great success. In 2004, the varsity four and second varsity
four crews copped gold medals at the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge in leading
the Irish to their first-ever team title. The victory for the varsity four
boat marked the third straight year that the varsity four boat earned the
gold medal. The Irish claimed four victories on the day, tying the
championship record for most individual titles. In addition, the varsity
four boat finished fifth at the Central/South Regional, while the varsity
boat earned an at-large berth for the second time in school history and
finished 11th overall.
"Joe is a definite asset to our program. He has a tremendous background in
engineering, which helps us in preparing the boats on a daily basis. He
also took the initiative to train with some of the nation's best rowing
coaches and has brought new drills and ideas to our team. Much of our
success in the fours is because of Joe. He is invaluable to us," head
coach Martin Stone says.
Schlosberg came to Notre Dame after serving as an assistant rowing coach
at Northwestern in 2000-01. With the Wildcats, Schlosberg worked with the
men's novice team and assisted with the men's and women's varsity squads,
teaching the fundamentals of rowing and designing workout programs. He
also was responsible for all of the rowing equipment.
A 2000 graduate of Northwestern with a degree in mechanical engineering,
Schlosberg competed for the Wildcats' crew team from 1996-2000. He was
captain in 1998-99 as his team won the Midwest Sprints and the Big Ten
Sprint Championship in 1998. Schlosberg was an executive board member of
the rowing team from 1998-2000, as well as the team's marketing assistant
and equipment manager.
University of Minnesota
Sharrow was a
coxswain for the Gophers since the start of the program in 2000 and a
member of the Minnesota club team the previous two years.
Sharrow, a native of Bloomington, Minn., participated in every varsity
contest in the past two seasons. Sharrow was the varsity captain her
senior year, leading the Gopher team to a fifth-place finish at the Big
Ten Championships. Sharrow was the coxswain of the first Varsity Eight
boat, which defeated Big Ten opponents Wisconsin and Iowa on April 20.
With the two wins over conference opponents, Sharrow along with eight
rowers were named the Big Ten Boat of the Week, the first weekly
conference award for the Gophers.
Sharrow was a two-time recipient of the Academic All-Big Ten team and a
Patty Berg Award honoree. She was recently named a national scholar
athlete by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association. Sharrow graduated
from the University of Minnesota in the spring with a bachelor's degree in
Nicky Stimpson is
currently the Assistant / Novice Coach for the Navy Women’s Crew. Nicky
primarily coaches the Novice squad and assists with coaching the Varsity
program. She also plays an integral part in the recruiting process for the
Nicky began her rowing
career in 1996 as a freshman at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She
originally went to Washington College to swim but after giving crew a try
she participated in both sports throughout her collegiate career. By her
senior year Nicky was the co-captain of the Women’s Swim Team and the
Women’s Crew. She was voted MVP of the Women’s Crew for the ’99-’00 season
by her coaches and peers.
After graduating in 2000
with a degree in Economics and Political Science, Nicky began work as the
Assistant / Novice Coach for the Wesleyan University Women’s Crew. That
summer she was honored by the Watchung Hills Optimist Club as its
collegiate athlete of the year in 2000.
While coaching at
Wesleyan, Nicky took classes towards her Master’s Degree in Liberal
Studies. She also worked as the data entry specialist for the Head of the
Connecticut Regatta in 2000 and was Regatta Coordinator for the HOCR in
2001. Nicky has worked at the Navy Rowing Camp for Girls since 2000.
In the Summer of 2002,
Nicky began work as the Assistant/Novice Coach at the United States Naval
University of Notre Dame
Martin Stone is in his fifth
year as the Notre Dame Head Coach, Women's Rowing.
Since coming to the Golden Dome, Stone has put Notre Dame rowing on the
map both on and off the water as the Irish finished the 2001-02 season
ranked 16th nationally, narrowly missing an invitation to the NCAA
Before arriving at Notre Dame,
Stone served as the women's rowing coach at the United States Naval
Academy for five years. In 1994, Stone coached the Mids to a NCAA Division
II national championship by winning the varsity eight title at the
Champion International Collegiate Rowing Championships.
Stone began his head coaching career at the U.S. Naval Academy. That same
year, he directed the Mids' varsity eight to its first gold medal at the
popular Dad Vail Regatta, the East Coast's largest crew regatta.
A 1983 graduate of
California-Berkeley, Swinford rowed on 5 US National Teams and the 1988
Olympic Team, winning the Gold in the 1986 World Championships in
Nottingham, England. As a coach, Swinford has coached programs at
several universities such as Jacksonville University and clubs, including
Penn AC where he helped coach the 1996 World Champion Women's 4-.
University of New Hampshire
Taylor begins her seventh year
on the coaching staff at the University of New Hampshire. Taylor has
served as the Head coach since 1999. Prior to accepting the Head Coaching
position, she served as the Women’s Novice coach from 1998-1999, leading
the Novice team to an undefeated season in their conference and the
school's first ever gold medal at both the New England Championships and
ECAC's in Worcester, MA. In 1999, the Wildcats also won the all-around
Women's Point Trophy at ECAC's.
Taylor continues to guide the Wildcats to the top ranks in their region.
The University of New Hampshire Women's Crew team ended its 2003 season by
capturing the all-around Women's Point Trophy at the ECAC Rowing
Championships. The Wildcats captured second place in both the Varsity
Eight and the Novice Eight events and third place in the Second Varsity
Eight event. At the New England Championships last spring, Taylor also led
the Varsity to a silver medal in the Varsity Eight and a silver medal in
the Second Varsity Eight as well.
Prior to joining the coaching staff at UNH, Taylor coached the Novice
Girls at Phillips Exeter Academy for five seasons. In 1995, Taylor was
invited to the Olympic Development Rowing Camp in Hanover, NH. She
medalled in both the women's eight and the women's four at the American
Taylor graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1996 with a
degree in Political Science and History. She earned her Masters in Early
American History from UNH in 2002.
University of Iowa
is entering her sixth season as an assistant coach for the Hawkeyes.
Wisehart, a native of Cedar Rapids and an Iowa alum, returned to the
University of Iowa in 1998 after two and a half years as the head coach at
New York University.
From 1998 to the spring of 2002, Wisehart worked as the varsity assistant,
handling coaching and recruiting duties. During the fall seasons, Wisehart
worked with the second and third varsity groups in 2‘s, 4’s and 8’s, and
coached the varsity 4’s in the spring.
Before returning to Iowa, Wisehart was head coach at New York University,
and directed all aspects of the men’s and women’s club program. The team
had several successes, taking gold at the NY Metropolitan Championships in
the Women’s Open 4+ (‘97), two golds at the Grimeldi Regatta in N.Y., one
in the Women’s 2- and one in Men’s Novice 4+ (‘98) and a gold in the Men’s
Novice 4+ at the Murphy Cup in Philadelphia (‘98).
Wisehart learned to row at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md., and later
transferred to Iowa to continue rowing with the university’s club program.
Wisehart rowed bow in the Women’s Varsity Lightweight 4+ in 1992, which
went undefeated in its spring sprint season. They won gold at the Midwest
Championships, Dad Vail Regatta, Eastern Sprints and a national title at
the Collegiate National Championships in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wisehart served
as varsity co-captain and the club’s secretary in 1992-93. Currently, she
holds a Level III Coaching certificate from US Rowing.
Wisehart graduated in 1993 from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of
Arts in English and a minor in Women’s Studies. She graduated in 1999 from
New York University with a Master of Arts degree in Women’s History. Her
thesis, entitled “Broads in the Boathouse: There Goes the Neighborhood,”
discusses women’s rowing history.