MEGAN FITZPATRICK | Navy Women’s Rowing Assistant Coach
Coach “Fitz” joined the Navy Rowing staff in summer of 2019 after five years with the Iowa Women's Rowing program. Originally starting with the Hawkeyes in a graduate assistant position in July 2014, Coach Fitz was promoted to full-time assistant coach in August 2016. Prior to leaving Iowa City, she worked primarily with the team's novice rowers. As a member of Iowa's staff, Coach Fitz helped the team end a 16-year NCAA Championship appearance drought as the Hawkeyes were selected to the national regatta in each of her final three seasons, 2017, 2018 and 2019. At the 2018 NCAA Championship, Coach Fitz and the Hawkeyes placed 11th in the team standings with a school-record 69 points. Earlier in that same postseason, Iowa set a team scoring record at the Big Ten Championships with 111 points, good enough for fourth place. Coach Fitz was part of an Iowa staff that earned back-to-back CRCA Region 4 Staff of the Year honors in 2017 and 2018. Read more…
MACKENZIE WHITESIDE | Navy Women’s Rowing Assistant Coach
Coach Mackenzie joined the Navy staff in summer of 2019. A veteran of the Big Ten Conference, she was both on staff at Michigan State during the 2018-19 school year and a four-year letter-winner at the University of Wisconsin. While with the Spartans, Coach Mackenzie worked with the team's novice rowing squad. Prior to working at Michigan State, Coach Mackenzie served in volunteer assistant positions at Wisconsin and Harvard. Working with the Crimson's lightweight men's program, Coach Mackenzie helped the team rise to the No. 1 ranking in the national poll during the regular season and post a fourth-place result at the EARC Eastern Sprints. With the Crimson, she coached the fourth and fifth varsity eight crews throughout the year. Read more…
ONE OF THREE ERG ROOMS
Navy's boathouse, Hubbard Hall, recently underwent a complete and total renovation, along with repairs and expansion of the existing wharf and floating docks. The approximately $18 million government project modernized Hubbard to compete with the best boathouses and athletic facilities in the country.
The centerpiece of the project is the state-of-the art tank facility, which accommodates 16 athletes rowing at speeds close to six meters/second, enabling our Navy oarsmen to receive better sport-specific training during the winter months (and our campers during foul weather!). The other areas of the boathouse were reconfigured to create three ergometer areas, larger locker rooms, a new video/team meeting area, an industrial laundry facility, a designated small boats aisle in the shell area, and a new shell repair bay; all while refurbishing our beautiful awards lounge.
The "apron" and docks were restored and expanded to launch eight boats at a time. The reconfiguration allows boats to land, be cleaned and stored quicker and more efficiently. The boathouse was modernized to include video and audio equipment installed in the tank and erg rooms; new spacious locker and shower areas have been designed specifically for the teams needs; and grand trophy cases with a championship picture wall in the N-Room display the rich and storied tradition that is Navy rowing.
GREAT 8 ROWING TANK
JOE SCHLOSBERG | Navy Women’s Rowing Head Coach
Coach Joe is in his sixth year as the Navy Women’s Rowing program, having last served as Associate Head Coach for the University of Notre Dame Women’s Rowing program. In the 2018-2019 season, the Mids won their fourth consecutive Patriot League Championship under Coach Joe’s tutelage with wins in the V8, 2V8, and V4. Navy's V8 was named Patriot League Boat of the Year, while Coach Joe garnered Patriot League Coach of the Year honors. The team went on to compete in the NCAA Championship for the fifth straight year where the Mids saw all three of their boats qualify and race in C-Finals for the first time in program history; Navy's V8 placed 15th overall, while its V4 was 16th and its 2V8 finished 18th. In the final USRowing/CRCA Coaches Division I Poll of the 2019 season, Navy was ranked 17th overall and was the only non-Power 5 or Ivy League school to finish the year in the top-20. Coach Joe and his staff were honored as the CRCA Region 2 Staff of the Year. Read more…