Doepker Joins Rowing Staff


By Brian Kuppelweiser for WVUsports.com
August 22, 2012 12:11 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University rowing coach Jimmy King has announced the addition of Grace Doepker to the staff as an assistant coach.

Doepker joins the Mountaineers after spending the past year at Vassar College as the assistant rowing coach and head novice rowing coach.

“Grace is a coach whose youthfulness belies her experience,” King says. “Despite being just a year removed from collegiate competition, Grace has already accumulated significant coaching experiences spanning junior, collegiate and masters levels. In addition, she has trained and competed under the tutelage of some highly-regarded coaches throughout her rowing career. Just as her coaching influences have had a very positive impact upon her, I expect Grace to have a similar impact with our Mountaineer rowing program.”

In her time with the Brewers, Doepker coached a team of over 30 men’s and women’s rowers at the collegiate level. In addition, Doepker assisted with the recruitment of student-athletes as well as the planning and execution of practices.

“I am honored to have such a wonderful opportunity,” Doepker says. “I have admired coach King, the West Virginia University rowing program and the Mountaineer community for years. I am excited to help to continue to build the program.”

A native of Dayton, Ohio, Doepker was a member of Dayton’s rowing team as well as Penn AC Rowing and All-American Rowing. While competing, she won several medals at the Club Nationals and Elite Nationals, won the Dayton Crew Competitor’s Cup and was a member of the 2011 Atlantic-10 Varsity 8+ Champions crew.

Prior to Vassar, Doepker was the head novice women’s coach at the Dayton Boat Club from 2008-11 as well as the Hudson River Rowing Association Competitive Masters’ Program head coach in 2011.

Doepker is certified as a US Rowing Level II coach.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Dayton in 2011.



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