COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State rowing head coach Andy Teitelbaum has made two changes to his coaching staff, promoting Madeline Davis to associate head coach and welcoming back former Buckeye Kate Sweeney as an assistant coach.
"Madeline has been instrumental in our success the past three years," Teitelbaum said. "Her new title reflects her importance to Ohio State rowing and how much we value her abilities as a mentor and leader of young women.
"And we are thrilled to have Kate return to her alma mater. She's done great things everywhere she's been and we are fortunate to have her back with us on the Scioto."
Davis recently completed her third season as an assistant coach after spending the three previous seasons as the assistant lightweight women's rowing coach at Stanford. This past season she helped Ohio State to a fourth consecutive Big Ten championship -- a conference-record seventh overall -- and a runner-up finish at the NCAA championships in May.
In her second season with the Buckeyes in 2015, Ohio State became the first team in NCAA rowing history to win three consecutive national titles. Along with their historic third team title, the Buckeyes also claimed an individual national title in the first varsity eight, a runner-up finish from the Davis-coached second varsity eight and fifth place in the first varsity four.
A national title was also won in 2014, the debut season for Davis in Columbus. 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.
Sweeney comes back to Ohio State after spending the previous year as a volunteer assistant at California-Berkeley, helping the Bears to a national championship in May.
"I'm thrilled to be back at Ohio State and to work with Andy, the staff and the incredible student-athletes that make up this program," Sweeney said. "Ohio State rowing is tireless in its pursuit of excellence and success at the highest level of competition and I cannot wait to get to work."
Prior to her one season in Berkeley, Sweeney spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Indiana where she was responsible for all aspects of the walk-on program, including recruiting, development and training. She helped the Hoosiers to 11th-place finishes at the NCAA championships in 2014 and 2015.
During both her seasons in Bloomington Sweeney and the IU coaching staff was named the 2014 and 2015 CRCA Regional Staff of the Year and earning National Coaching Staff of the Year honors in 2014 after guiding the Hoosiers to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA championship.
As a student-athlete at Ohio State from 2009-12 she was a two-time top-five finisher at the NCAA Rowing Championships and a Big Ten Champion in 2011. She also was a four-time academic All-Big Ten selection and a distinguished scholar in 2011 and 2012. She is in the process of finishing her master's degree from Saint Mary's College.
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