The Yale women’s crew will have an Olympian on staff starting in 2012-13. Sarah Trowbridge, who rowed in the double sculls at the London Olympics, has been named an assistant coach at Yale.
“Sarah will be a great addition to our program,” said Yale head coach Will Porter. “She has a wealth of knowledge having rowed at Michigan and trained with the USA team. As a sculler, she will bring new ideas and a different prospective to our program. I have no doubt her tireless work effort as an athlete will carry over into her coaching and recruiting at Yale.”
Trowbridge, a native of Guilford, Conn., has been a member of the USRowing Senior National Team since 2007. She won a gold medal in the double at the 2007 Pan American Games and competed in four World Championships, winning a silver medal in the quadruple sculls in 2009 and the straight four in 2008.
“I am really looking forward to joining the Yale team,” Trowbridge said from England where she is preparing for the Olympics. “Coming to the position with such a recent history as an athlete will help me to relate my coaching more accurately to the rowers. I also hope to excite the women with my experiences on the Olympic team and encourage them to push the limits on their own speed.”
Trowbridge also has coaching experience. She served as Georgetown’s freshmen lightweight women’s coach for two seasons. In 2008, she led the novice lightweights to a silver medal at the EAWRC Sprints. In addition, she has served as an assistant coach for the Bishop Dennis J. O’Connell High School and the Ann Arbor Rowing Club teams.
A 2006 graduate of Michigan, Trowbridge was a three-year letterwinner for the Wolverines. She helped Michigan to three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championship and was a three-time recipient of an Athletic Academic Achievement Award, presented to athletes who have a 3.0 or better grade point average.