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TABLE OF CONTENTS Table of Contents 2017 Roster Season Preview The Coast Guard Academy Coast Guard Superintendent Director of Athletics Athletics Facilities Strength & Conditioning Staff Directory
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Coast Guard Women’s Rowing Coaching Staff Player Bios 2017 Schedule
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The 2017 Women’s Rowing Media Guide is a publication of the Coast Guard Academy’s Athletic Media Relations Office.
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Lake Zurich, Ill.
Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Kennett Square, Pa.
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COAST GUARD ACADEMY One of the smallest of the five U.S. Military Academies Four-Year Bachelorâ€™s of Science degree program Founded in 1876 aboard the schooner Dobbin Highly selective admissions standards No tuition, traditional application process No congressional nomination necessary Education includes academics, physical fitness, character and leadership development 85 percent of graduates choose to serve beyond their five-year commitment Two graduates have been NASA Astronauts 80 percent of graduates go to graduate school (most paid for by Coast Guard)
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COAST GUARD QUICK FACTS The Coast Guard Academy has 25 Intercollegiate sports (12 men’s, 10 women’s, 3 co-ed) The Bears have been members of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in 15 sports since 1999 Coast Guard has won NEWMAC championships in Volleyball, Men’s Swimming, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Crew and Softball Teams have competed in the ECAC Championship tournament in men’s soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and softball in the past five years The Bears have advanced to the NCAA Tournament Elite 8 in both Volleyball (2006) and Men’s Basketball (2007-08) COAST GUARD ACADEMY CORPS OF CADETS DEMOGRAPHICS - about 1,000 cadets enrolled - 48 states and 11 foreign nations represented - 100% of students housed on campus - 20 NCAA Division III athletic teams - 31% of cadets are women - 22% of cadets are minorities - 1 faculty member for every 8 students - 19 Cadets in an average class
REAR ADMIRAL JAMES E. RENDON ACADEMY SUPERINTENDENT SECOND YEAR Rear Admiral Rendon assumed the duties of the 41st Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, June 1, 2015. He reported to the Academy after serving as Director, Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF West), the U.S. Pacific Command’s executive agent for planning and conducting counter-drug strategy in an area of operations covering more than 105 million square miles. Prior to this assignment, Rear Admiral Rendon served as Assistant Superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy, the Superintendent’s direct representative to oversee day-to-day operations. Prior to his first Academy assignment, he served as Director of Staff to the Vice Commandant. Rear Admiral Rendon is a surface operations specialist with a diverse list of assignments over his 28 year Coast Guard officer
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career. He served as Commander, Sector Northern New England in Portland Maine, as well as, Chief Response, Fifth Coast Guard District in Portsmouth, Virginia. Rear Admiral Rendon is a cutterman with afloat tours as Deck Watch Officer aboard Durable, a 210-foot cutter home-ported in Brownsville, Texas; Executive Officer aboard the Patrol Boat Ocracoke in Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and Commanding Officer of the Surface Effect Ship Petrel in Key West, Florida. Other operational ashore assignments consist of staff advisor, Seventh Coast Guard District Intelligence and Law Enforcement Branch in Miami, Florida, Operations Officer for Group Key West, Florida, as well as Commander, Coast Guard Group Mayport in Northeast Florida. Rear Admiral Rendon served as Aide de Camp to the 20th Commandant of the Coast Guard. He also completed a Congressional Fellowship in our nation’s Capital, where he worked for the House of Representatives, Government Reform Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources, followed by a two-year assignment as Drug Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the House. Rear Admiral Rendon’s personal awards include a Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (6), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3), Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and a variety of other unit awards and service ribbons. He is authorized to wear the Cutterman’s Insignia and the Boat Forces Operations Insignia. A 1983 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, Rear Admiral Rendon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois. He also completed study at the National War College, Class of 2005, where he earned a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy.
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TIM FITZPATRICK DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS SIXTH YEAR Tim Fitzpatrick is in his sixth year as Director of Athletics at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and on his watch the USCGA’s athletic program has seen growth in several key areas.
programs. Additionally, Fitzpatrick managed IU’s external units, including marketing, ticket operations, licensing, merchandising, website, and publications.
In addition to securing a comprehensive, five-year shoe and apparel agreement with adidas America for the academy’s 23 NCAA sports, he oversaw a rebranding initiative that has resulted in new logos and marks and created an athletic booster organization, the CGA Bear Club, as an annual giving entity to fund athletics “margin of excellence” projects and initiatives.
Additionally, he negotiated a 6-year, $21,000,000 shoe and apparel agreement with adidas America and administered the Hoosiers’ multi-media partnerships with Learfield Sports and the Big Ten Network. During his tenure, Indiana realized a ticket sales revenue increase of 15-percent over annual budgeted projections.
Under Fitzpatrick’s guidance, the department now conducts an annual women’s professional development seminar (the Women’s LeadHERship Symposium), which features prominent national leaders in women’s athletics for female USCGA athletic staff members as well as attendees from colleges and universities throughout New England.
Prior to the Academy Fitzpatrick was the Director of Athletics at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for two years prior, after spending the previous four years as the Deputy Athletic Director at Indiana University. At Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, Fitzpatrick secured major gifts for construction of a new outdoor tennis center, as well as renovation of the university’s baseball and softball stadiums. He additionally served on the NCAA’s Division I Women’s Basketball Issues Committee while in south Texas, and executed a strategic plan which increased the department’s corporate sponsorship revenue by nearly 40%. While at Indiana, he was responsible for internal administration of the department, oversaw capital construction and facilities management, and had oversight of the football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball
He arrived at West Point from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he served as the associate athletics director for external affairs and executive director of the athletic foundation during the 1998-99 academic year. Prior to Army and Charlotte, Fitzpatrick served in a similar role at the University of Pittsburgh. Fitzpatrick was a senior associate athletics director at the University of North Texas from May 1994 to June 1996. He was instrumental in UNT’s transition from NCAA Division I-AA football to the Big West Conference. He gained considerable experience as Assistant Commissioner of the Southwest Conference from 1992-94. Fitzpatrick began his athletic administration career as the assistant marketing director at Army before moving on to Virginia Commonwealth as the director of marketing and Ticket Sales (1984-87) and Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing and Public Relations from 1987-92. A 1981 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College with a bachelor’s degree in English, Fitzpatrick earned his master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1982.
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He has launched an external program for sale of corporate sponsorships and partnerships, established a Faculty Affiliate program, began the annual Celebrate New London football game initiative and was the driving force in the men’s basketball teams appearance in the Armed Forces Classic on ESPNU during the 2014-15 season.
Fitzpatrick came to IU after spending the previous five years as COO and associate athletics director for external operations at the U.S. Military Academy.
COAST GUARD ACADEMY NITCHMAN TRACK & FIELD COMPLEX The Track & Field Complex was constructed in the summer of 2007 first used for the men’s and women’s soccer games that Fall. The FieldTurf surface lies on the banks of the beautiful Thames River and is also home to the men’s and women’s track & field program.
COMMANDER JOHN MERRIMAN GYM Merriman Gymnasium is home to the women’s volleyball program and the men’s and women’s basketball programs. The gym holds three basketball courts used for varsity practices and games, as well as intramural competition. The 1200-seat facility has been home to numerous league and regional championships. ROLAND POOL Roland Pool is home to our men’s and women’s swimming and diving program. The eight-lane, 50-yard pool is also used daily for athletic training programs for our cadet-athletes, physical education courses, as well as military training programs necessary to carry out the missions of the Coast Guard for all cadets.
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NITCHMAN BASEBALL FIELD Nelson Nitchman Field is home of the Coast Guard Academy baseball team. The picturesque view from the field overlooks the Thames River.
NITCHMAN SOFTBALL FIELD Nelson Nitchman Field is home of the softball team. The Bears have enjoyed tremendous success winning three of the last four NEWMAC tournament championships and going to the NCAA tournament four straight seasons (20092012).
CADET MEMORIAL FIELD Cadet Memorial Field was made into a FieldTurf surface in 2004 as a gift from the Class of 1952. The facility features a twostory press box that includes two coaches rooms, a room for radio broadcasting and video recording, space for media personnel, and two lounge lounge areas for additional seating. The 1500seat stadium overlooks the Thames River and the Gold Star Memorial Bridge.
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Coast Guard Athletics has two weight rooms, each featuring state-of-theart equipment for our cadets and cadet-athletes to use to improve their overall health and fitness. The facility in Roland Hall is dedicated to freeweight exercising while our Billard Hall facility holds our nautilus, cardio, and other guided machine equipment.
Strength and Conditioning Coach Hassell, in her second season at the Coast Guard Academy, was most recently the fitness manager at XSport Fitness in Chicago. She has a degree in Self-Designed Sports Science from Beloit College in Wisconsin where she was the class president as well as master’s degrees in Health and Physical Education from Valdosta State and Sports and Fitness Management from Troy University.
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She was the tactical strength and conditioning coach at Fort Bragg from 2013-2104 and prior to that the strength and conditioning coach at IMG Academy in Florida from 2011-2013. Hassell began her career as the strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Georgia Southern during the 2004-2005 academic year before moving onto Valdosta State as graduate assistant for two years. She then served as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Troy University from 2007-2011 before taking the position at IMG Academy. Hassell played for both the Chicago Force and the Atlanta Xplosion Women’s of the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL) and her Atlanta team won the 2006 IWFL Championship. She was also a member of the US Virgin Islands Women’s National Basketball team
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Name Tim Fitzpatrick Dan Rose Chris Parsons Art Lamoureux Jason Southard Casey McGarvey Andrea Stewart Donna Koczajowski Katherine Bossardet Jen Meuse Vi Oliver Bruce Cobb Dave Fraboni
ATHLETIC TRAINING Name Ken Niedzwiecki Maura Gillon Jake Ibey Justin Bolton Shaakira Hassell
Name C.C. Grant Mike Turgeon
Name Bill George Dana Fleischmann C.C. Grant Ray LaForte Jay Driscoll Chris Strand Dave Ratner Don Miller
MEN’S BASKETBALL Name Kevin Jaskiewicz Bob Bono Grant Johnson Joe Cyr
MEN’S CREW Name Bill Randall
Name Ethan Brown Greg Ahnrud Mariette Ogg
Title Head Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Assistant Athletic Trainer Strength & Conditioning Coach
Phone 860-444-8619 860-701-6415 860-701-6416 860-701-6617 860-701-6623
Title Head Coach Assistant Coach
Phone 860-701-6132 860-444-8588
Title Director of Rowing/Head Coach
Name Matt Nakagawa
Title Head Coach
PISTOL & RIFLE
Name Title Richard Hawkins Shooting Sports Coach
Name Doug Clark Jack Neades Brian Swingly
Phone 860-444-8577 860-701-6291 860-444-8325
Name Alex Ivansheck Jessica Farley Scott Hawk Catherine Lewis
Title Director of Sailing Head Offshore Coach Head Intercollegiate Coach
Title Phone Head Coach 860-701-6594 Assistant Coach 860-701-6960 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach
Name Bill Randall Jodi Hope
Title Director of Rowing Head Coach
Phone 860-444-8679 860-803-4435
Name Mary Heneberry
Title Head Coach
WOMEN’S LACROSSE WOMEN’S SOCCER
Name Susan Grant Beth Nakagawa Andrea Giuliano Katie Shveda Anthony Occhialini
Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8582 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Goalkeeper Coach
WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING Name John Westkott Mary Westkott Ken Pancoast
WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL Name Mike Bynon
Title Head Coach Assistant Coach Diving Coach
Phone 860-444-8586 860-701-6374
Title Head Coach
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Name Name Title Phone Ethan Brown Ray LaForte Head Coach 860-701-6805 Greg Ahnrud Dave Fraboni Assistant Coach Mariette Ogg Mike Higbie Assistant Coach Pat Powers Assistant Coach WRESTLING Name MEN’S SOCCER Kevin Bratland Name Title Phone Chris Parsons Head Coach 860-701-6197 Patrick McCarney Assistant Coach Anthony Occhialini Goalkeeper Coach
Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8586 Assistant Coach 860-701-6374 Diving Coach
Name Title Phone Donna Koczajowski Head Coach 860-444-8604 Dana Fleischmann Assistant Coach Erin Miller Pitching Coach
Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8590 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach
Name John Westkott Mary Westkott Ken Pancoast
Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8584 Co-Defensive Coordinator/ 860-444-8605 Recruiting Coordinator Co-Defensive Coordinator 860-444-8581 Offensive Coordinator 860-701-6805 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Title Head Coach Associate Head Coach Assistant Coach Assistant Coach
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Title Phone Head Coach 860-444-8590 Assistant Coach Assistant Coach Title Head Coach
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Title Phone Director of Athletics 860-444-8600 Associate AD/Director of 860-701-6798 Physical Education Associate AD for Compliance 860-701-6197 and Admissions Support Assistant AD for Operations 860-444-8601 Director of Media Relations 860-701-6800 Media Relations Assistant SWA/Travel Coordinator 860-701-6799 SWA/Director of Club Sports 860-444-8604 Associate Office Manager 860-444-8600 Director of Special Projects 860-444-8344 Administrative Assistant 860-444-8580 Equipment Manager 860-444-8606 Equipment Manager 860-444-8663
JODI HOPE HEAD COACH
Jodi Hope is in her third season as head coach after serving as the interim head coach. She was also an assistant coach for the Bears for one season. Hope was previously an assistant coach at Division III-rival William Smith College from 2009-2012, and also coached at her alma mater, the University of Connecticut, from 2005-2008. During Hope’s time at William Smith, the Herons made three consecutive appearances at the NCAA Championships, earning third-place medals in the Varsity 8 event and capturing the fourth place overall team trophy in 2012. The Herons earned back-to-back Liberty League Championship titles in 2011-2012 and the New York State Championship title in 2012. The William Smith squad was honored by the Liberty League Conference with the Crew of the Year and Coaching Staff of the Year awards in 2011 and 2012, as well as the Liberty League Novice Crew of the Year award in 2010, 2011, and 2012. At UConn, Hope was on staff for two years as a Graduate Assistant Coach while earning a Master of Arts degree in Education, followed by one year as an Assistant Coach. In 2006, Hope worked primarily with the squad’s fours, leading the second varsity four to silver medals at the Big East Championship, and in 2007 Hope coached the novice 8 to bronze medals at the Big East and Dad Vail Regatta Championships.
Hope competed for four years at UConn, capping her career with back-to-back gold medals at the Dad Vail Regatta Championship in 2004 and 2005. She served as co-captain for the 2004-05 school year and was honored with the team’s “Husky Award” for demonstrating the skills of leadership, friendship, and dedication. Hope received the Drive Award for hardest-working over the winter training season in 2003, and was a four-time Big East Scholar-Athlete and a CRCA (Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association) Scholar-Athlete in 2005.
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LAURA BECK SENIOR TUCSON, ARIZONA Laura is part of the Bears Varsity 8 boat this season .. member of the Dean’s List at the Academy ... named to the 2015 ECAC and NEWMAC All-Academic teams ... Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering major. BEFORE CGA She transferred to the Academy from Arizona State ... attended University High where she was a member of hte volleyball, basketball, cross country and track teams ... has two brothers Stephen and David ... daughter of Barry, a captain in the Air Force, and Mary, a 1LT in the Air Force, Beck. GETTING TO KNOW LAURA Her favorite food is mushrooms and her favorite snack food is granola. Laura’s favorite TV show is 30 Rock, her favorite movie is The Fifth Element and her favorite actor is Jason Statham. An Arizona Wildcats fan, her favorite band is The Black Keys. If she could meet anyone living or deceased it would be astronaut Alan Shepherd.
MEGAN SACKETT SENIOR BOW, NEW HAMPSHIRE Megan, the team captain, is part of the Bears Varsity 8 boat this season .. member of the Dean’s List every semester at the Academy ... Electrical Engineering major. She was an exchange cadet at the Air Force Academy for one semester. BEFORE CGA Was member of field hockey, softball and alpine skiing team at Bow High School ... both of her grandfathers were in the military ... has an older brother Drew, who is currently serving in the Air Force ... daughter of Dale and Suzanne Sackett. GETTING TO KNOW MEGAN Her favorite food is ice cream and her favorite snack food is popcorn and M&M. Meghan’s favorite TV show is Bones and her favorite movie is Iron Man. Her favorite actor is Morgan Freeman and her favorite band is Bastille. A New England Patriots fan, her favorite athlete is Julian Edelman and she lists the greatest coach to ever live as Bill Belichick. If she could meet anyone living or deceased it would be Amelia Earhart.
ALYSSA LAYSTROM JUNIOR LAKE ZURICH, ILLINOIS Alyssa is part of the Bears Varsity 8 for the third straight season. She is a Civil Enginerring major. BEFORE CGA Attended Lake Zurich High ... has a younger brother Jake ... daughter of John and Patty Laystrom. GETTING TO KNOW ALYSSA Her favorite food is pesto tortellini as well as chocolate and her favorite snack food is pretzels and hummus. Alyssaâ€™s favorite TV show is Scrubs and her favorite movie is 21. Her favorite actor id Bradley Cooper while her favorite band is Portugal. The Man ... Her favorite arena is the Superdome and her favorite athlete is rower Susan Francia.
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@ Tufts w/Hamilton, Mount Holyoke
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NEWMAC Championships @ Worcester, Mass.
New England Championship @ Worcester
ECAC Championship @ Worcester