Ayers Joins Rowing Coaching Staff

  • By Julie Brown
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  • June 23, 2011 02:04 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – West Virginia University rowing coach Jimmy King announced the hiring of Megan Ayers as assistant coach.

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Ayers has been a part of the WVU rowing program for the last nine seasons, most recently serving as interim assistant coach throughout the 2010-11 season. She has assisted with recruiting, developing the skills of the varsity squad, coaching the novice squad in the basic fundamentals of rowing and organizing, and facilitating practices and functions.

“Meg continually demonstrates the characteristics we strive to instill in our student-athletes,” King says. “She’s a great role model for these young women, and we’re fortunate to have Meg on our coaching staff.”

Previously, Ayers served as the Mountaineers’ assistant coach from 2007-08. She also served as a volunteer assistant (2008-10) and as a graduate assistant (2006-07).

A three-time team captain throughout her four-year Mountaineer career(2002-06), Ayers earned a top 10 ranking at the U.S. Rowing Nationals in both the single and double events in 2002. She also was named to the 2006 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association second team Mid-Atlantic all-Regional Rowing Team, and was a National Strength and Conditioning Association All-American.

In addition to her duties at WVU, Ayers has served as the “Learn-to-Row” coach with the Monongahela Rowing Association (2006-08) and the Greater Dayton Rowing Association (2000-04). As coach, she was responsible for teaching the basic fundamentals of rowing, including core techniques and water survival skills, to participants ranging from youth to seniors.

“I am excited to continue my work with our fantastic group of student-athletes, and I look forward to being a part of the upcoming season,” says Ayers. “I want to thank coach King and the administration here at West Virginia for giving me this opportunity.”