Courtney is in her sixth year as the top assistant for the WWU Rowing program, in 2017 she helped to lead the Vikings to their eighth NCAA DII National Championship and as assistant coach was recognized as the Vikings were named the DII 2017 Staff of the year. Before coming to Bellingham in 2015 to coach the Vikings she coached the previous 10 years in the greater Seattle area. Two as operations manager of Renton Rowing Center, a community boathouse of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation, following eight as program director and junior women’s coach for Sammamish Rowing Association. In 2014, as junior women’s coach at PRC, her first novice eight, second novice eight and novice four all placed first at Northwest Junior Regionals. While at SRA, her teams captured points trophy championships at Brentwood Regatta four straight years (2008-11). Her varsity eight was victorious at Brentwood Regatta, Opening Day Regatta and Northwest Junior Regionals in both 2010 and 2011. Her crews made appearances at U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships from 2008 to 2012, including fifth place finish by lightweight eight in 2009 and sixth place finish by varsity eight in 2010. Her Masters crews were regular contenders for medals at both local and national regattas including Tail of the Lake, Head of the Charles, Head of the Lake, Opening Day, and NW Masters Regionals. Member of WWU’s first NCAA Division II national championship team in 2005 as stroke of varsity four. Holds U.S. Rowing Level III coaching certificate. When she’s not at the boathouse coaching she can be found hitting the hiking trails or paddle-boarding with her right-hand girl, Lexie the Dog!
Junior & Masters Coach
I was introduced to the sport of rowing at the age of 11. My grandfather who has a deep love for the sport to this day, took me to his local club and a few days later, him and his coach sealed my fate and by no fault of their own, established that I shall be forever tied to it. The following summer I attended the Craftsbury sculling camp in Vermont after which there was no escape. I had subsequently joined the SVK rowing club in Bratislava and started competing on a junior level in central Europe. At 16 I interned at Craftsbury, getting a little more insight into the community as well as the logistics and business surrounding the sport.
I moved back to the US on January 7th, 2015, this time arriving in Seattle. It didn’t take much for me to become part of Row Town, USA as within a month after arriving, I joined Seattle Rowing Center. Training under the heavy hand of Conal Groom taught me more than I could put into words. One thing I must mention though is that I developed a new respect and perspective of the sport after the year and a half spent at the club.
In 2016 I decided to attend Western Washington University. The men’s rowing team took me in with open arms and gave me a new sense of belonging in a place I would eventually call my new home. My fourth year of crew during which I occupied the position of Vice president was cut short, sadly (due to Covid-19). But they shall be the years I loved the most in the sport, despite remembering very little due to sleep deprivation.
The little time I have coached at WRA have been an absolute pleasure and a blast. With no end in sight, I have lots of plans. I’m excited for the future of this team and for my involvement in it.