Kate McKeown has been named an assistant coach for the Rutgers crew program, head coach Max Borghard has announced.
“I am looking forward to coaching here at Rutgers and looking forward to coaching the novices this season,” McKeown said.
Most recently, McKeown served as an assistant coach for Vesper Boat Club’s summer development camp in Philadelphia. While at Vesper, she assisted with the men’s and women’s collegiate programs in preparation for US Nationals, US National Team Trials, and the Royal Canadian Henley.
Coach Borghard is excited about McKeown’s experience and knows her work ethic will reflect in her coaching.
"Kate is someone who is going to work very hard to add to the success of this program," he said.
Ranked third in the nation in the women’s single at the 2002 Scholastic Rowing Association Championships, McKeown then attended the University of Rhode Island where she graduated with a degree in exercise science and physical therapy. During her tenure at URI, McKeown consecutively medaled at the Atlantic 10 Championship and the ECAC Regatta, including the quad, varsity four, and lightweight eight. Kate also held the lightweight 2k erg record at URI and competed in the lightweight eight at the IRA Championship in ’04 and ’06. McKeown graduated in May 2006, serving as co-captain.
McKeown’s summer rowing career has included participation in several USRowing training camps, including Vesper in ’02 and UPenn in ’05. She qualified for the final of the Women’s Intermediate Single in 2002, placed third in the Senior Women’s Eight with Vesper at the U.S. Nationals in 2003 and was in the top camp double in 2005. McKeown also competed in several USRowing talent identification camps throughout her college career and continues to compete in the lightweight single.
Source: Athletic Department Media Relations