New coaches at helm of rowing program for KRC/Queen's
Two accomplished rowing professionals will lead the Queen’s Rowing Team into the 2018-19 season. Rami Maassarani will take on the head coach position in a volunteer capacity, while Katie Bruggeling will be the team’s full-time assistant coach.
“Athletics & Recreation is thrilled to have these two talented coaches on board at what is a very exciting time for our Rowing program,” says Sean Scott, Director, High Performance Sport Operations. “We look forward to welcoming Rami and Katie and to having them take our team to the next level.”
Maassarani was a Gaels rower from 2008-2013, and has assumed a coaching role with the team since graduating as a student-athlete. He has helped coach crews to several top three finishes at both the OUA and Canadian University Rowing championships.
“I have been a part of the Queen’s Rowing Team in various roles over the past 10 years and am lucky to have been influenced by an extremely talented group of athletes and coaches that have made the program what it is today,” says Maassarani. “I am excited to build on the tradition of excellence that has been established over the program’s rich history.”
Bruggeling brings to the program 18 years of experience at the junior, senior and intercollegiate levels. A former NCAA Division 1 varsity coxswain at Clemson University, she was most recently the assistant rowing coach at the University of Oklahoma.
“Working within Queen's environment of academic and athletic excellence is an amazing opportunity,” says Bruggeling. “I am committed to the continued success of these programs and am excited to get started.”
Queen's and the Kingston Rowing Club (KRC) are excited to continue their partnership for these positions that will see Maassarani and Bruggeling provide leadership and support to both Queen's and KRC's programs and athletes.
“In his time at both the KRC and Queen’s, Rami has brought a great deal of skill and dedication to the sport of rowing in Kingston, coaching our athletes to the highest levels of performance and success,” says Michael Vandenburg, Kingston Rowing Club. “In addition, Katie has an impressive record of success as an athlete and coach in both university and club rowing, and we look forward to the extensive knowledge and passion for the sport that she will bring to competitive rowing in Kingston.”
The new coaches will begin working with the team immediately. The Rowing season kicks off in Peterborough on Sept. 29 with the Head of the Trent regatta.
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