Rowing: Van Order Joins Staff

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • July 18, 2012 04:17 PM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University rowing coach Jimmy King announced today the hiring of Stacey Van Order as assistant coach.

Van Order comes to Morgantown from the University of Delaware, where she served as the assistant women’s rowing coach since 2011. While with the Blue Hens, she served as the head novice coach, created and executed training plans and coordinated all regatta entries. Van Order also recruited student-athletes and managed the team’s social media outlets.

“We often speak of finding the ‘right fit’ in the recruiting process, and that certainly applies to our staff as well,” King says. “The more I spoke with Stacey during the interview process, the more I liked what she had to say about coaching, recruiting and mentoring student-athletes. Coach Van Order joins us during an exciting period of growth for West Virginia University, and I have no doubt she will impact our Mountaineer rowing program in a similar manner.”

In her only season at Delaware, the Blue Hens finished sixth at the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Championships. The squad placed fifth in the Varsity Fours and Second Varsity Eights, and sixth in the Varsity Eights. Additionally, Rachel Conway was named to the All-CAA Team. Van Order also led the Novice 8+ to a fourth place finish at the Dad Vail Regatta.

Prior to joining the Delaware staff, Van Order worked at the Wyandotte Boat Club, in Wyandotte, Mich., throughout the summer of 2011, and served as the junior women’s coach and the head coach of “Youth Learn to Row.” Her duties included creating and executing training plans for the junior women, coordinating regatta entries for summer racing and running two, two-week sessions of “Youth Learn to Row.”

A four-year member (2004-08) of the Eastern Michigan rowing team, Van Order earned the Eagles’ Varsity of the Year Award as a senior. As a graduate assistant for the EMU squad from 2008-11, she served as the recruiting coordinator and coached the novice team. Van Order also conducted try-outs for walk-ons and created and executed workouts.

Van Order is a US Rowing Level III certified coach.

A native of Battle Creek, Mich., Van Order earned a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from EMU in 2008. She is currently working toward a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from EMU.

“I am thrilled to become a part of West Virginia University athletics and to be a part of such a strong rowing program,” Van Order says. “I’m looking forward to working with coach King and continuing the success of the Mountaineer program for years to come.”