Claudia Herpertz is in her second season as a graduate assistant coach with the Buckeyes.
Herpertz helped Ohio State make history in her first season in Columbus in 2014 as the Buckeyes won their second-consecutive national title, becoming the fifth team to win back-to-back NCAA championships and the first since Brown in 2008. With gold medal finishes in the first varsity eight and second varsity eight, the Buckeyes became the fourth team in NCAA history to win both events at the national regatta in the same year. Five Buckeyes on the 2014 squad -- Claire-Louise Bode, Victoria Lazur, Holly Norton, Ashley Bauer and Catherine Shields -- were named All-Americans, with Shields also collecting Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Rowing Athlete of the Year honors. A fifth Big Ten title in school history was also won by the Buckeyes as the team posted five varsity wins en route to 164 points and a comfortable victory.
A former Ohio State student-athlete (2009-12), Herpertz returned to her alma mater after serving as an assistant coach for the Three Rivers Rowing Association (2012-13). While there, she worked with the men's junior team, guiding the men's pair to a first-place finish at the 2013 Midwest Championships and second-place finishes at both the 2013 Youth National Championships and at the trials for the 2013 World Junior Championships.
During her stint at the Three Rivers Rowing Association, Herpertz also served as the head coach for the Experienced Junior/College summer program in addition to working with the women's masters program, a summer corporate program and a winter rowing fitness class.
In 2012, Herpertz and teammate Nadine Seehaus won gold in the pair event at the Under-23 German national championships. The duo placed first after crossing the line in 9:13.60.
A four-year letterwinner and member of the first varsity eight, Herpertz played a crucial role in winning the 2011 Big Ten Championship. Ohio State held a slim three-point lead (88 points) over Wisconsin (85 points) and Michigan (79 points) heading into the final race of the day. The Buckeye first varsity eight clipped the Wolverines by .48 seconds for a second-place finish and silver medal, clinching the program's third conference title.
Throughout her career at Ohio State, Herpertz earned Second Team All-Big Ten (2010), CRCA National Scholar Athlete (2010-12) and OSU Scholar-Athlete (2010-12) honors.
Herpertz is currently working on a master's degree in sport management at Ohio State.
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