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Media Guide
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Debra Morgan, Head Coach . . . . 2
Women’s Rowing Staff. . . . . . . 3-4
Athlete Biographies . . . . . . . 5-12
Athletic Facilities . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Shane Watersports Center. . . . 14
The University of Miami . . . . . . 15
Miami, Florida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
President/Athletic Director . . . 17
Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Academics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Compliance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Strength and Conditioning . . . . 21
Athletic Training. . . . . . . . . . . . 22
The ACC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Review and Outlook . . . . . . . . . 24
Women’s Rowing Quick Facts
University Information
Location: Coral Gables, Fla.
Enrollment: 15,250
Founded: 1926
President: Dr. Donna E. Shalala
Athletic Director: Paul Dee
Faculty Representative: Dr. Clyde McCoy
Nickname: Hurricanes
Mascot: Sebastian the Ibis
Colors: Orange, Green and White
Conference: ACC
Team Information
Head Coach: Debra Morgan
Email: [email protected]
Assistant Coach:Michael Gilbert
Email: [email protected]
Assistant Coach:AndreaSaathoff
Email: [email protected]
Rowing Coordinator: Rachel Sander
Email: [email protected]
Women’s Rowing Office Phone: (305) 284-3311
Shane Watersports Center Phone: (305) 861-1295
Returning letterwinners: 25
Newcomers: 8
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2005-06 VARSITY WOMEN’S ROSTER
Name
Cl.
Kelly Amsler
Fr.
Olivia Arkell
Fr.
Marenda Chamberlin** Jr.
Rachel Clausing***
Sr.
Laura Coltman**
Jr.
Laura Comeau***
Sr.
Sarah Conlon**
Jr.
Laura Cordner
Fr.
Taurii Coyne***
Sr.
MacKenzie Dove***
Sr.
Marleena Eyre
Fr.
Caroline Fernandez** Sr.
Sarah Greyer*
So.
Jaquelene Heywood*** Sr.
Charlotte Hillery*
So.
Megan Hudson
Fr.
Emy Huntsman*
So.
Bethany Krawec*
So.
Natasha Lejer**
Jr.
Justine Lewis
R-Fr.
Meghan Leydecker** Jr.
Jordan Louie*
So.
Jessica Martin***
Sr.
Madison Nesbitt
So.
Julianne Parker*
So.
Michelle Pinon*
So.
Elizabeth Skidmore
So.
Rachael Sporko
Fr.
Sarah Stocks**
Jr.
Ashley Via**
Jr.
Valerie Webb**
Jr.
Meghan White*
So.
Karen Wiley**
Jr.
Molly Wilson**
Jr.
Ht.
Hometown/Previous School
5-7
Redmond, Wash./Lake Washington High School
5-11
Kelowna, British Columbia/Kelowna Secondary School
5-8
Lake Oswego, Ore./Lakeridge
5-10
Lansing, Ill./Illiana Christian
5-11
Toronto, Ontario/Runnymede Secondary School
5-4
St. Catharines, ONT Canada/Eden
5-9
Doncaster East, Australia/Methodist Ladies College
6-1
Melbourne, Australia/Wesley College
5-6
Tampa, Fla./Tampa Catholic
5-11
Phoenix, Ariz./Xavier College Prep
5-8
Seattle, Wash./Lakeside School
5-2
North Miami Beach, Fla./Monsignor Edward Pace
5-10
Peterborough, Ontario/Crestwood Secondary School
5-8
Grimsby, Ontario/Grimsby Secondary School
5-5
New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield High School
5-10
Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny High School
5-9
Melbourne, Australia/Methodist Ladies College
5-8
St. Catharines, Ontario/Governor Simcoe Secondary School
5-10 Victoria, British Columbia/Pacific Christian Secondary School
5-11
Edmonds, Wash./Meadowdale
5-5
Orchard Park, N.Y./Nardin Academy
5-0
Kent, Wash./Kentwood High School
5-3
Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Poughkeepsie
5-8
Delran, N.J./Moorestown High School
5-8
Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant High School
5-8
Miramar, Fla./Flanagan High School
5-7
Bluefield, Va./Graham HS/William & Mary
5-10
Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs High School
6-2
Scotia, N.Y./Scotia Glenville High School
5-10
Philadelphia, Pa./Springside
5-9
Brentwood Bay, British Columbia/Stelly's Secondary School
5-10
SW Ranches, Fla./Pembroke Pines Charter High School
5-11
St. Catharines, Ontario/West Park Secondary School
5-9
Oconomowoc, Wis./The Lawrenceville School
*- Varsity letters earned
Head Coach: Debra Morgan
Assistant Varsity Coach: Mike Gilbert
Novice Coach: Andrea Saathoff
Rowing Coordinator: Rachel Sander
Media Relations and Support Staff
Asst. Athletic Director/Communications: Mark Pray
Assistant SID/Rowing Contact: Elaine Cardenas
Phone: (305) 284-3230
Email: [email protected]
Fax: (305) 284-2807
Assistant Athletic Director/SWA: Connie Nickel
Athletic Trainer: Ron LeClair
Strength and Conditioning Coach: Victor Ishmael
Athletic Website: www.hurricanesports.com
Mailing Address: Hecht Athletic Center
5821 San Amaro Drive
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Credits
Edited by: University of Miami Women’s Rowing, Elaine
Cardenas, Etta Schaller and Brandon Gross
Design: Etta Schaller
Printing: APrinters Inc.
Photography: J.C. Ridley
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Debra Morgan
Head Coach
In her 13th year as a collegiate coach, UM’s Debra
Morgan enters her fifth season at the helm of the
University of Miami rowing team in 2005 as the
Hurricanes move into their second season in the traditionrich Atlantic Coast Conference.
Since taking over at Miami in August of 2001, Morgan
has transformed the Hurricane rowing program into one of
national recognition, building on a solid foundation she
has set based on a strong work ethic and a desire to
become one of the country’s best.
Last season, the Hurricanes had 11 rowers named to the ACC Academic Honor
Roll while the team received an ACC Spring Sportsmanship Award. The ACC presents the award in an effort to recognize teams who earned the utmost regard from
their peers during competition.
Morgan returns 21 letterwinners from 2005, including junior Sarah Conlon who
was named and All-ACC selection following a standout sophomore year.
Building the Hurricanes
In 2001-02, her first season at Miami, Morgan led the Hurricanes to a number
of accomplishments including first-place finishes by the varsity eight and varsity
four crews on their way to an overall third-place finish at the Florida Intercollegiate
Rowing Association Championships.
With a full year of coaching under her belt, Morgan took the Hurricanes to a
new level in 2002-03 highlighted by wins at the Head of the Creek, Head of the
Chattahoochee, Chattahoochee Chase and the Florida Fall Freshman Regatta
while posting sixth-place finishes at the BIG EAST Challenge and the NCAA South
Region Championships. Morgan also led the Hurricanes to another first in 2002-03
as UM rower Jenny Krawec became the first Hurricane to be named to the CRCA
All-America team, drawing second team honors in addition to being name a CRCA
All-South Region First Team selection.
In 2003-04, Morgan once again set a new precedence at UM. The Hurricanes
kicked off the fall season with an overall team point title at the Head of the
Chattahoochee Regatta and an undefeated junior varsity eight.
Morgan’s Hurricanes returned in the spring without missing a beat, taking six
first-place finishes as the host of the First Annual Hurricane Invitational and placing
second overall in the California Cup standings at the 2004 San Diego Crew Classic
featuring some of the nation’s best teams.
The Hurricanes then swept the field at the 2004 Florida Intercollegiate Rowing
Association Championships, placing first in all eight events entered to take the state
title. The Hurricanes then competed at the BIG EAST Challenge where they
medaled in all events entered, which resulted in a second place standing in the
conference, marking the highest conference finish in school history.
Under Morgan’s direction, Jenny Krawec drew CRCA All-America Second
Team accolades and was named to the CRCA All-South Region First Team for the
second consecutive season while Rachel Clausing was named to the CRCA AllSouth Region Second Team following the 2003-04 campaign.
Though the 2005 season was seen as more of a development year, the
Hurricanes enjoyed many firsts including their first-ever trip to the Rivanna Romp.
The junior varsity eight also joined the varsity eight crew at the San Diego Crew
Classic where it reached the Petit Final in only its first year at the event. The varsity
eight squad reached the Grand Final of the Women’s Cal Cup.
After a one-year stint at Kansas State, Morgan was named the Director of
Rowing at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1997 prior to joining the
UM coaching staff. At UCSB, Morgan oversaw both a men’s and women’s rowing
program that consistently placed among the top in the country year-in and year-out
while making a mark as one of the west coast’s most dominant teams.
In June of 2004, Morgan’s coaching resume was nationally recognized as she
spent two weeks as a guest coach at the U.S. Junior National Team Development
Camp in New London, Connecticut.
A Prolific Background
Morgan, herself, was an accomplished rower on the collegiate level, rowing at
the University of Southern California from 1987-1992. As a member of the USC
rowing team she lead the Trojans to a California Cup title at the San Diego Crew
Classic as a member of the USC varsity eight. Morgan also helped USC to a
bronze medal at the Pac-10 Championships and a fifth-place finish at the Collegiate
National Championships rowing with the Trojans varsity four. A four-year letterwinner at USC, Morgan was also a Pac-10 All Conference Team selection.
Following her graduation from USC in 1992, Morgan was invited to join the
United State National Development Camp where she helped lead the U.S. to a second-place finish in the quad at the World University Games trials and a fourth-place
finish in both the four and the quad at the U.S. National Championships. In 1993
she was invited to attend the U.S. National Team Selection Camp in Seattle,
Washington.
In 1994, she was selected to attend a pre-elite sculling camp in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania and in 1995 she qualified for the U.S. Olympic Festival in the
women’s single where she won gold.
Born in Boulder, Colorado, Morgan grew up in Tucson, Arizona before going on
to USC, where she graduated with a degree in English in 1992 and is currently
working towards her master’s degree in sports administration with an emphasis in
international administration at UM.
Proven Success
Morgan began her coaching career in 1993 when she was named the head
coach at the University of California, Irvine where she led the Anteaters varsity
eight to a bronze medal at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships.
Morgan left UCI in 1996, moving on to Kansas State where she served as an
assistant coach, overseeing the Wildcat’s novice crew while coordinating KSU’s
recruiting efforts. Under Morgan’s guidance, the Wildcat’s novice four placed fourth
at the Midwest Championships.
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Michael Gilbert
Andrea Saathoff
Assistant Varsity Rowing Coach
Assistant Coach - Novice Women
Michael Gilbert enters his second season as the
Hurricanes' Assistant Varsity Rowing coach.
Prior to joining Miami, Gilbert served as Head Coach
of Hamilton College before being named Junior Women's
Varsity Coach at the Saratoga Rowing Association. While
at Hamilton, Gilbert led his team to a 2003 best team finish at the New York State Championship, a 2004 UCAA
Championship women's varsity 4+ and a second place finish in women's varsity 4+ petite final at the ECAC
Championships.
Gilbert was also the Competitive Women's Head Coach for Community Rowing
Inc., in Boston, Mass. where in 2001 he led his women's open 8+ to a second place
finish in the Women's Henley Regatta and a USRowing Nationals Women's Overall
Points Trophy. Gilbert began his coaching career as the Women's Varsity Coach at
the University of Vermont where he rowed on the men's team for four years.
In 1995, Gilbert participated in the Lightweight Development Program at the
Riverside Boat Club which culminated in a silver medal in the elite men's lightweight 4+ at the USRowing National Championships. In 1999 and 2000, Gilbert
also won medals at the USRowing Master's National Championships.
Gilbert received a bachelor's of science degree in biological science in 1992
from the University of Vermont. He is a USRowing Level II certified coach.
Additionally, Gilbert is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Coach and a
Personal Trainer by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also
a United States Ski and Snowboard Association Level IV Alpine Ski Coach.
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Andrea Saathoff enters her third season on the Miami
coaching staff and her second season as the Hurricanes’
Novice Coach. Saathoff’s primary coaching responsibilities include building the foundation of the Miami rowing
team by working with the UM novice crews comprised
mainly of freshman and walk-ons.
Prior to coaching to Miami, Saathoff was the women’s
novice coach at Boston University, a Division I program in
the Eastern Sprints League, from 2001-03.
Saathoff brings a wealth of knowledge to the Hurricane coaching staff mainly
due to her own success as a rower. In 2000, she lived and trained at the U.S.
Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. while competing for a spot on the
U.S. Olympic Team. Although she did not make the 2000 Olympic Team she was
named to the U.S. National Team that competed at the 2000 World Championships
in Zagreb, Croatia.
She also competed on the U.S. Under-23 team throughout her career, bringing
in a number of accolades including a bronze medal as a member of the U.S. 4squad in 1999 in Hamburg, Germany, a first place finish in the petite finals in 1998
in Ioannina, Greece with the women’s 2- crew as well as competing with the 4crew in Milan, Italy in 1997. Saathoff was also selected to compete with the 2- in
1995 as a member of the U.S. Junior National Team.
Saathoff attended the University of Virginia, earning her bachelor’s degree in
Psychology in 1999. As a rower at UVa, under the guidance of head coach Kevin
Sauer, Saathoff helped lead Virginia to national prominence while competing at the
NCAA Championships in each of her four seasons. During her senior campaign,
the Cavaliers finished second overall at the NCAA Championships behind a second
place finish by the Varsity 8+. As a senior, she was tabbed an All-American and
was named the team captain and team MVP. She also earned ACC Academic
Honors.
Saathoff began her rowing career at Melbourne High School under head coach
Matt Kaminski.
Saathoff is a part-time graduate student at the University of Miami, working
towards her master’s in Mental Health Counseling in the School of Education.
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Rachel E. Sander
Support Staff
Rowing Coordinator
Rachel Sander enters her second year as the
Hurricane Rowing Coordinator. Sander, joined the program fresh from her undergraduate studies at the
University of Miami, where she earned a bachelor’s
degree in both History and Marine Affairs.
Sander, who was a freshman walk-on to the Hurricane
Rowing program, earned four varsity letters and was the
team co-captain her senior year.
Among her career highlights were helping the team
achieve a second place finish at the Big East
Championships in 2004, the best result in school history. Also, in 2004 she helped
the Junior Varsity 8 achieve several medals, including gold at Head of the
Chattahoochee, gold at the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association (FIRA)
Regatta and bronze at the Big East Championships. She was also part of the
Junior Varsity 4 that won gold at the FIRA 2002 Regatta.
Rachel plans to continue her studies at the University of Miami as a graduate
student pursuing a master’s degree in Education and Sports Administration.
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Connie Nickel
Associate
Athletic Director
for Internal
Operations/SWA
Elaine Cardenas
Assistant Sports
Information
Director
Alex DeGracia
Director of
Events
Ryan Butcher
Assistant
Director of
Events
Ralph Noguera
Assistant
Equipment
Manager
Etta Schaller
Publication
Coordinator
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Rachel Clausing
Laura Comeau
Senior, 5-10
Lansing, Ill.
(Illinois Christian)
Senior, 5-4
St. Catherine’s, Ontario,
Canada
(Eden)
At Miami: Three-year letterwinner…competed in the varsity eight in
2004-05…finished fourth in the Cal Cup Grand Final
at the San Diego Crew Classic...garnered ACC Crew
of the Week honors on April 4th...finished second in
the varsity eight at the FIRA State Championships…
finished fourth in the varsity eight at the ACC
Championships…claimed a victory over Duke in the
varsity four…was named to the 2004-05 ACC Honor
Roll…competed with the Varsity eight 2003-04…gold
medalist at the 2004 FIRA State Championships…
silver medalist at the 2004 San Diego Crew Classic...
bronze medalist at the 2004 BIG EAST Championships…member of the 2004 CRCA All-Regional
Team…gold medalist in Freshman/Novice 8+ and
freshman/novice 4+ at the 2003 FIRA State
Championships…bronze medalist with the novice
eight at the 2003 BIG EAST Championships…placed
12th place at Lexus Central/South Region Sprints
2004…majoring in marine science and biology.
Illinois Christian: Three sport athlete…basketball, cross country and track…assisted basketball
team to 5th place finish in the state in 2002…assisted
the 2x800m relay team to a 9th place finish in the
state in 2002.
T H R O U G H
At Miami: Three year letter winner…served as coxswain for the varsity eight as a
junior in 2004-05…finished fourth in the Cal Cup
Grand Final at the San Diego Crew Classic...garnered
ACC Crew of the Week honors on April 4th...finished
second in the varsity eight at the FIRA State
Championships…finished fourth in the varsity eight at
the ACC Championships… claimed a victory over
Duke in the varsity four at Indian Creek…named to
the 2004-05 ACC Honor Roll…served as coxswain for
the varsity eight as a sophomore in 2003-04…gold
medalist at the 2004 FIRA State Championships…silver medalist at the 2004 San Diego Crew
Classic…bronze medalist at the 2004 BIG EAST
Championships…gold medalist in the freshman/
novice 8+ and freshman/novice 4+, and bronze
medalist in the Varsity B 4+ at the 2003 FIRA State
Championships…bronze medalist with
freshman/novice 8+ at the 2003 BIG EAST
Championships…majoring in health science.
Eden High School: Coached by Brian Elliot…
served as coxswain…gold medalist collegiate four
2002 English Women’s Henley Regatta…silver
medalist in the Senior Varsity Four at the 2002
Stotebury Cup Regatta…gold medalist 2002 American
Scholastic Rowing Association Championships…gold
medalist 2002 Canadian Schoolboy Championships.
St. Catherine’s Rowing Club: 2002 Most
Valuable Coxswain of the Year.
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UM ROWING TIMELINE
1986
• The University of Miami establishes club rowing and names
Joe “Okie” O’Connor head
coach.
1987
• Novice eight wins national
championship at the Dad Vail
National Rowing Championship
Regatta.
1989
• Junior varsity eight takes
bronze medal at the Dad Vail
National Rowing Championship
Regatta.
1990
• The Hurricanes’ varsity eight
and varsity four win Miami
International Regatta.
1991
• UM varsity eight wins State
Championship at Florida
Intercollegiate Rowing
Championships
• Varsity eight wins Head of the
Chattahoochee.
1992
• UM varsity eight earns bronze
medal in Dad Vail National
Championship.
1993
• The Ronald W. Shane
Watersports Center becomes
the home of the University of
Miami rowing program.
• UM rowing named the
Southeast Collegiate Team of
the Year.
• Head Coach Joe “Okie”
O’Connor honored as the
Southeast Collegiate Coach of
the Year.
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1994
• UM novice eight earns a
bronze medal at the Champion
Intercollegiate Championship.
1996
• The NCAA and the University
of Miami officially recognize
rowing as a varsity sport.
1997
• The Hurricanes’ Sheila
Sachdev named a GTE
Academic All-American.
1998
• UM rower Aisha Chow named a
GTE National and District III
Academic All-American and
Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholar-Athlete
award winner.
1999
• The Hurricanes’ Aisha Chow
named to US Rowing’s 1999
Collegiate Honor Roll First
Team.
• UM varsity eight and varsity
four win gold medals at Head
of the Chattahoochee.
• Hurricanes earn five medals at
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Taurii Coyne
MacKenzie Dove
Senior, 5-7
Tampa, Fla.
(Tampa Catholic)
Senior, 5-11
Phoenix, Ariz.
(Xavier College
Preparatory)
At Miami: Three-year letterwinner…competed with the varsity and
second varsity in 2004-05…gold medalist in the open
quad and bronze medalist in the Club eight at the
Head of the Hooch…took fourth place in the junior
varsity petite final at the San Diego Crew Classic…silver medalist in the junior varsity eight and four at the
FIRA State Championships… competed with the varsity four in 2003-04…gold medalist at the 2004 FIRA
State Championships…silver medalist at the 2004
BIG EAST Championships…gold medalist in freshman/novice eight at the 2003 FIRA State Championships…bronze medalist with freshman/novice 8+ at
the 2003 BIG EAST Championships…finished third in
doubles at the 2002 Chattahoochee Chase Cup…finished fourth with the second varsity eight at the 2002
FIRA State Championships…first place Women’s
Championship Doubles at 2002 Head of Creek…
enrolled in the School of Arts and Sciences.
Tampa Catholic High School: Coached by Pat
Huey…team captain…three year varsity letterwinner
women’s rowing…coved in Boy’s novice four for second place at Milo’s Roundup…stoked girl’s varsity for
third place at The Halloween Regatta…four-year
varsity letterwinner in women’s track…earned AP
Scholar, President’s Award for Academic
Excellence…Female Athletic Scholar of the Year,
2001-02…Florida Academic Scholar-Bright Futures
Award winner, 16 consecutive High Honors
Awards…Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee,
2001…“Who’s Who Among American High School
Students” Multiple Year Honoree…National Honor Roll
Inductee, 2001…Outstanding Community Service
award, 2002. Tampa Rowing Club: Coached by Dr.
Gray Baines…placed second in women’s open single,
third in women’s open doubles at the Halifax Rowing
Summer Regatta…raced women’s club single at
Milo’s Roundup…multiple medalist at the Sunshine
State Games: 2002, 2003.
At Miami: Two-year letterwinner…competed with the varsity four in 200405…claimed a victory over UCF in the varsity four at
the Hurricane Invitational…bronze medalist in the varsity four at the ACC Championships…redshirted during the 2003-04 season…lettered with the varsity as a
freshman…gold medalist in freshman/novice 8+, and
bronze medalist in the junior varsity four at the 2003
FIRA State Championships…bronze medalist with the
novice eight at the 2003 BIG EAST Championships…
12th at the Central Sprints…sixth in the South
Region…finished first in women’s club four at the
2002 Head of the Creek…majoring in International
Relations and Economics.
Xavier College Preparatory: Coached by Dan
Duxbury in club rowing…stroke for 2002 CAL Cup
gold medalist varsity four…fifth at the Southwest
Junior Regionals Championship.
the Georgetown Invitational.
2001
• Debra Morgan hired as head
coach.
• UM’s Jenny Lee named
January 2001 Academic AllStar.
• The Hurricanes win varsity
eight I, II and varsity four at
Florida Intercollegiate Rowing
Championships.
• UM rower Monika Manios
named a 2001-02 BIG
EAST/Aeropostale Female
Scholar-Scholar-Athlete award
winner.
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Caroline Fernandez
Jaquelene Heywood
Senior, 5-2
North Miami Beach, Fla.
(Monsignor Edward Pace)
Senior, 5-8
Grimsby, Ontario, Canada
(Grimsby Secondary)
At Miami: Two-year letterwinner…served as coxswain in 200405...finished 16th in the club “B” four at the Head of
the Chattahoochee…in 2004-05 earned second place
at Florida Fall Regatta…gold medalist at FIRA…
earned first place overall at FIRA…majoring in history.
Monsignor Edward Pace: Lettered in soccer.
T H R O U G H
At Miami: Three-year letterwinner…competed with the junior varsity eight in 2004-05…finished fourth in the junior varsity eight petit final at the San Diego Crew Classic…silver medalist in the junior varsity eight at the FIRA
State Championships…competed with the junior varsity eight in 2003-04…gold medalist at the 2004 FIRA
State Championships…bronze medalist at the 2004
BIG EAST Championships…gold medalist in freshman/novice eight and freshman/novice four at the
2003 FIRA State Championships…Bronze medalist
with the Novice 8+ at the 2003 BIG EAST
Championships…placed 12th Lexus Central/South
Region Sprints…majoring in health sciences.
Grimsby Secondary School: Coached by Paul
Beedling…earned Senior Oarswomen of the
Year…rowed singles to eights…2001 Canada Cup
silver medalist…Bronze medalist 2001 Canadian
Schoolboy Regatta…Ontario Scholar…Stotesbury
Cup and Canadian Henley Medalist.
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UM ROWING TIMELINE
2002
• UM Women capture first place
finishes at the Head of the
Indian Creek, the Head of the
Chattahoochee,
Chattahoochee Chase and the
Florida Intercollegiate Rowing
Association Championships.
2003
• The Hurricanes’ Jenny Krawec
earns a position on the CRCA
All-South First Team and
named a Second Team CRCA
All-American.
• UM Women’s Novice Eight
earns a bronze medal at the
BIG EAST Championships.
• Incoming freshman Natasha
Lejer competes at the Junior
World Championships in
Athens, Greece.
• Jenny Krawec competes at the
Under 23 World Championships
for Canada.
2004
• Miami’s varsity eight places
second overall in the California
Cup standings at the San
Diego Crew Classic.
• Hurricanes take the team point
trophy at the 2003 Head of the
Chattahoochee Regatta.
• UM rowing team takes six firstplace finishes as the Hurricane
Invitational.
• Hurricanes finish the season
ranked fifth in the South
Region.
• UM rowers sweep the field at
Florida Intercollegiate Rowing
Association Championships.
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Jessica Martin
UM ROWING TIMELINE
Senior, 5-3
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
(Poughkeepsie HS)
2004
• Miami turns in a school-best
second-place finish at the BIG
EAST Challenge.
• Jenny Krawec named to CRCA
All-America Second Team and
All-South Region First Team.
• Rachel Clausing named to
CRCA All-South Region Second
Team.
2005
• The Hurricanes compete in
their inaugural season in the
tradition-rich Atlantic Coast
Conference.
• Miami competes at the
Rivanna Romp for the first time
in school history.
• Hurricanes’ junior varsity eight
reaches the Petit Final at the
San Diego Crew Classic while
the varsity eight reached the
Grand Final of the Women’s Cal
Cup.
H U R R I C A N E
At Miami: Three-year letterwinner…served as coxswain during the
2004-05 season for both the varsity and junior varsity
eight…gold medalist in the championship eight at the
Head of the Creek…won a gold medal in the open
eight and a bronze medal in the varsity eight at the
Head of the Hooch…finished fourth in the junior varsity eight petit final at the San Diego Crew Classic…silver medalist in the junior varsity eight at the FIRA
State Championships…named to the 2004-05 ACC
Academic Honor Roll…during the summer, was a
gold medalist in the men’s open four and silver medalist in the men’s eight at the Empire State Games…
competed with the junior varsity eight as a sophomore…earned Team MVP honors for 2003-04 season… undefeated during the fall of 2003 …gold and
bronze medalist at the 2003 Head of the
Chattahoochee…gold medalist at the 2004 FIRA State
Championships…bronze medalist at the 2003 BIG
EAST Championships…served as coxswain for the
Varsity 8+…places ninth in the 2003 San Diego Crew
Classic…earned gold with Miami Club four and silver
with the junior varsity eight at the Head of the
Creek…majoring in criminology and political science
with a concentration in Pre-Law. Summer 2003...
served as coxswain for the men’s varsity four that won
gold at the Empire State Games and gold at the
Hudson River Rowing Association Regatta.
Poughkeepsie High School: Coached by Mike
Smith, Warren Buhler, Mike Corts and Eric Height,
Kevin Piotti and Gary Krom…served as coxswain…
three year medalist Empire State Games…2002 silver
medalist at the Scholastic National Championship and
fourth at Stotesbury Cup Regatta…All-Time 2001 and
2002 Key Returnee…2000 New York State
Champion.
• 11 rowers are named to the
ACC Academic Honor Roll.
• The Hurricanes are awarded
the ACC Spring Sportsmanship
award.
• Sophomore Sarah Conlon is
named an All-ACC selection
after a standout sophomore
season.
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Marenda Chamberlin
Sarah Conlon
Meghan Leydecker
Junior, 5-8
Lake Oswego, Ore.
(Lakeridge)
Junior, 5-9
Melbourne, Victoria,
Australia
(Methodist Ladies College)
Junior, 5-4
Orchard Park, N.Y.
(Nardin Academy)
At Miami: Two-year letterwinner…competed with the varsity four
in 2004-05…gold medalist in the championship eight
at the Head of the Creek…won gold in the open eight
and bronze in the championship eight at the Head of
the Chattahoochee…claimed a victory over UCF in
the women’s varsity four at the Hurricane Invitational
…gold medalist in the varsity four at the FIRA State
Championships…bronze medalist in the varsity four at
the ACC Championships…placed first in the varsity
four C-Final at Central Sprints…named to the 2004-05
ACC Academic Honor Roll…competed with the
novice eight in 2003-04…gold medalist at both the
2003 Head of Chattahoochee Regatta and the 2003
FIRA State Championships…silver medalist at the
2004 BIG EAST Championships…placed fifth at the
2004 Lexus Central/Southern Sprints…majoring in
environmental science. Oregon Rowing Unlimited
Club: Coached by Nick Haley…Team captain 20022003…Most improved 2000-2001…2001 first place in
Northwest Junior Regionals…2002 Top Ten at the
Head of the Charles.
Laura Coltman
Junior, 5-11
Toronto, Ontario
(Runnymade C.I.)
At Miami: Two-year letter winner…competed with varsity eight in
2004-05…gold medalist in the championship eight
and four at the Head of the Creek…won a gold medal
in the open eight at the Head of the Chattahoochee…
finished fourth in the varsity eight in the Women’s Cal
Cup Grand Final at the San Diego Crew Classic…
selected as part of the ACC Crew of the Week
(4/4/04)…silver medalist in the varsity eight at the
FIRA State Championships…finished fourth in the varsity eight at the ACC Championships…named to the
2004-05 ACC Academic Honor Roll…competed with
the varsity four and novice eight in 2003-04…gold
medalist at both the 2003 Head of the Chattahoochee
Regatta and the 2004 FIRA State Championships…
silver medalist at the 2004 BIG EAST Championships
…placed fifth at the 2004 Lexus Central/Southern
Sprints…majoring in psychology. Toronto Argonaut
Rowing Club: Coached by Heather Cartwright…first
at the 2001 Indoor Rowing Championships…gold
medalist at the 2003 CanAmMex Regatta in Mexico
City, representing Canada…fourth at the 2003
Canadian and Ontario Indoor Rowing Championships
…third at the 2003 Royal Canadian Hanlay Regatta in
the Senior B Women’s quad.
At Miami: Two-year letter winner…competed with the varsity eight and four in 200405…an All-ACC Team selection… gold medalist in the
championship eight at the Head of the Creek…won a
gold medal in the open eight and the open quad at the
Head of the Chattahoochee…finished fourth in the
varsity eight in the Women’s Cal Cup Grand Final at
the San Diego Crew Classic…selected as part of the
ACC Crew of the Week (4/4/04)…gold medalist in the
varsity four and silver medalist in the varsity eight at
the FIRA State Championships…finished fourth in the
varsity eight at the ACC Championships…claimed a
victory over Duke in the varsity four at Indian Creek…
named to the 2004-05 ACC Academic Honor Roll
…competed with the junior varsity eight and the varsity eight in 2003-04…won team’s Most Inspirational
Award in 2003-04…undefeated during the fall 2003
season…gold medalist at both the 2003 Head of the
Chattahoochee Regatta and the 2004 FIRA State
Championships…silver medalist at the 2003 San
Diego Crew Classic…bronze medalist at the 2003
BIG EAST Championships…enrolled in the School of
Education. Methodist Ladies College high School:
Coached by Paul Francis and Brent McDonald…first
at the 2002 Australian Nationals in the youth quad
with coxswain…first at the quad scull Schoolgirls…
first at the 2002 Head of the School Girls and
Victorian State Championships in a quad with
coxswain…second in the 2001 Australian National’s
Rowing Championships in a quad with coxswain.
Junior 5-10
Victoria, British Columbia
(Pacific Christian)
At Miami: Two-year letterwinner…competed with the junior varsity and varsity eight in 2004-05…gold medalist in the
open quad at the Head of the Chattahoochee…finished fourth in the junior varsity petite final at the San
Diego Crew Classic…silver medalist in the junior varsity eight at the FIRA State Championships…finished
fourth in the varsity eight at the ACC Championships…claimed a victory over Duke in the varsity four
at Indian Creek…competed with the novice eight in
the 2003-04…gold medalist at both the 2003 Head of
the Chattahoochee Regatta and the 2004 FIRA State
Championships…silver medalist at the 2004 BIG
EAST Championships… placed fifth at the 2004
Lexus Central/Southern Sprints…majoring in nursing.
Victoria City Rowing Club: Coached by Drew
Harrison and Gavin McKay…placed fifth in the
Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships – Monster
Erg 2003…gold medalist in the 2003 Brentwood
Regatta and Shawnigan Lake School Regatta in a
quad…silver medalist in the 2003 Shawnigan Lake
School Regatta in doubles. Canada: Member of the
2003 Junior National Team…finished ninth in the
women’s quad at the 2003 Junior World
Championships in Schinias, Greece
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Sarah Stocks
Junior, 6-2
Scotia, N.Y.
(Scotia-Glenville)
Natasha Lejer
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At Miami: Two-year letter winner…served as a coxswain in 200405…named to the 2004-05 ACC All-Academic
team…gold medalist in the championship four at the
Head of the Creek…bronze medalist in the open eight
at the Head of the Chattahoochee…claimed a victory
over UCF in the Hurricane Invitational…gold medalist
in the junior varsity four at the FIRA State
Championships…bronze medalist in the varsity four at
the ACC Championships…claimed a victory over
Duke in the varsity four at Indian Creek…won the CFinal of the varsity four at Central Sprints…competed
with the novice eight in 2003-04…gold medalist at
both the 2003 Head of the Chattahoochee Regatta
and the 2004 FIRA State Championships…silver
medalist at the 2004 BIG EAST Championships…
placed fifth at the 2004 Lexus Central/Southern
Sprints…majoring in criminology. Nardin Academy:
Coached by John Cartur and Alleen McNamera in
high school and the Frank Becht in club rowing…
earned Nardin Crew Coaches’ Award…2002 New
York State Scholastic Champion and fifth place at
Stotesbury Cup Regatta with the Junior 8+…Bronze
medalist at the 2001 Canadian Schoolboys with the
junior four…2000 New York State Scholastic
Champion with the freshman eight…also placed 24th
2002 Country Club Golf singles and placed fifth in
2001 Country Club Tennis doubles.
At Miami: Earned a varsity letter
as a sophomore…competed with the
varsity eight in 2004-05…gold medalist in the championship eight and championship four at the Head of the
Creek…gold medalist in the open eight at the Head of
the Chattahoochee…finished fourth in the varsity eight
in the women’s Cal Cup Grand Final at the San Diego
Crew Classic… selected as part of the ACC Crew of
the Week (4/4/04)…silver medalist in the varsity eight
at the FIRA State Championships… finished fourth in
the varsity eight in the ACC Championships…named
to the 2004-05 ACC All-Academic team…walk-on to
novice eight in the 2003-04 season…won Gold at the
Head of the Chattahoochee…gold medalist in the
2004 FIRA Championships in the novice four and
novice eight…won silver at the BIG EAST championships…majoring in industrial engineering. ScotiaGlenville High School: Was the captain of the swimming team.
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Ashley Via
Karen Wiley
Sarah Greyer
Junior, 5-10
Philadelphia, Penn.
(Springside)
Junior, 5-11
St. Catharines, Ontario
(West Park Secondary
School)
Sophomore, 5-10
Peterborough, Ontario
(Crestwood Secondary
School)
At Miami: Two-year letterwinner…gold medalist in the junior varsity four and bronze medalist in the club eight at the
Head of the Chattahoochee…won a gold medal in the
junior varsity four at the FIRA State Championships…
named to the 2004-05 ACC All-Academic team...competed with the novice eight in 2003-04…gold medalist
at both the 2003 Head of Chattahoochee and the
2004 FIRA State Championships…silver medalist at
the 2004 BIG EAST Championships…placed fifth at
the 2004 Lexus Central/Southern Sprints…enrolled in
the College of Arts and Science. Springside HS:
Coached by Bruce Lalonde and Silke Brunner…Team
MVP and captain as a senior…rowed stroke, three
seat , and two seat in four…National bronze medalist
as a senior…won New Jersey State Championship in
novice year.
Valerie Webb
Junior, 5-9
Victoria, British Columbia
(Stelly’s Senior Secondary
School)
At Miami: Two-year letterwinner…bronze medalist in the club eight and the open
eight ‘B’ at the Head of the Chattahoochee…finished
fourth in the petite final of the junior varsity eight at the
San Diego Crew Classic…silver medalist in the junior
varsity eight and the junior varsity four ‘B’ at the FIRA
State Championships…competed with the novice
eight in 2003-04…gold medalist at both 2003 Head of
the Chattahoochee Regatta and the 2004 FIRA State
Championships…silver medalist at the 2004 BIG
EAST Championships…placed fifth at the 2004 Lexus
Central/Southern Sprints…majoring in physiology.
Stelly’s Senior Secondary School: Coached by
Vikki Agate in high school and Danielle Stokes in club
rowing...a standout as a high school athlete...awarded
2003 and ’02 Stelly’s School Senior Aggregate Award
for Athletics and 2001 Stelly’s School Junior
Aggregate Award for Athletics...2001 and ’03 in three
different regattas placed first in doubles, quad and
eight...gold and silver medalist at the 2001 Canadian
High School Rowing Championships. Victoria City
Rowing Club:Placed first in every race 2001 and ’02
in a four and eight at the Brentwood International
Regatta and 2001 became the top female novice
rower...has been a member of the Piranhas Summer
Swim club for 12 years...gold and silver medalist at
the 2002 British Columbia Summer Games as a
swimmer...awarded 1995, ’96 and ’00 Dean Freestyle
trophy...placed first in basketball at the 2001 Island
Championships...is a triathlete...won in soccer the
1998-99 British Columbia Cup Island and the
Classical Coastal Cup...placed third in water polo at
the 1998 Alberta Open Tournament with Regina’s
Cadet.
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At Miami: Two-year letterwinner…competed with the varsity eight in 200405…gold medalist in the championship eight at the
Head of the Creek…won a gold medal in the open
eight and bronze medal in the championship four at
the Head of the Chattahoochee…finished fourth in the
varsity eight in the Women’s Cal Cup Grand Final at
the San Diego Crew Classic…selected as part of the
ACC Crew of the Week (4/4/04)…gold medalist in the
varsity four and silver medalist in the varsity eight at
the FIRA State Championships…finished fourth in the
varsity eight at the ACC Championships…claimed a
victory over Duke in the varsity four at Indian
Creek…named to the 2004-05 ACC All-Academic
team…competed with the junior varsity eight and the
varsity eight in 2003-04…undefeated during the fall
2003 season…gold medalist at both the 2003 Head of
the Chattahoochee Regatta and the 2004 FIRA State
Championships…silver medalist at the 2004 San
Diego Crew Classic…bronze medalist at the 2004
BIG EAST Championships…majoring in environmental science. West Park Secondary School: Coached
by Alf Sacco...Oarswoman of the Year 2001,
2003...Gold medalist at 2003 Canadian Schoolboy
gold in senior women’s pair...gold medalist at 2002
Canadian Schoolboy in eight and Silver medalist in a
four...Gold medalist at the 2001 Canadian Schoolboy
in an eight and four...silver medalist at the Stotesbury
Cup Regatta. St. Catharines Rowing Club:
Coached by Mike Thompson...gold medalist at 2002
Canadian Henley...five-time gold medalist at 2002 and
2003 Ontario’s...bronze medalist at 2002 Head of the
Charles...two-time gold medalist at Head of the Ohio.
At Miami: Undecided
major…walked on to the 2004 novice squad…won
gold in the novice eight and novice ‘B’ four at the
Florida Fall Classic…placed second in the novice
eight at the Florida State Championships…finished
first in the novice eight against Duke…placed fourth in
the novice eight at the ACC Championships.
Crestwood Secondary School: Participated in basketball, volleyball and badminton.
Charlotte Hillery
Sophomore, 5-5
New Fairfield, Conn.
(New Fairfield High School)
At Miami: Majoring in pre-physical therapy…placed first in FIRA Fall
Regatta in both novice eight and four in 2004…second in novice eight and third in novice four at the
Florida State Championships…placed fourth in the
novice eight at ACC Championships…placed firth in
B-Final in Open 4 at South Central Sprints. New
Fairfield High School: Coached by Erik Haight…participated in four years of varsity soccer…named NewTimes All-Area lacrosse player as team captain.
Molly Wilson
Junior, 5-9
Oconomowoc, Wis.
(The Lawrenceville School)
At Miami: Two-year letterwinner…gold medalist in the junior varsity four at the FIRA State Championships…finished
fifth in the junior varsity eight at the ACC Championships…lettered with the varsity as a freshman…
bronze medalist in the open eight ‘B’ at the Head of
the Chattahoochee… gold medalist in the junior varsity four at the FIRA State Championships…
competed with the novice eight in 2003-04…gold
medalist at both the 2003 Head of the Chattahoochee
Regatta and the 2004 FIRA State Championships…
silver medalist at the 2004 BIG EAST Championships…placed fifth at the 2004 Lexus Central/
Southern Sprints…enrolled in School of Arts and
Science. The Lawrenceville School: Coached by
Mark Schoeffol in club rowing...team captain...had
impressive rowing experience at Philadelphia Cities,
New Jersey Scholastic, Stotesbury Cup Regatta,
Head of the Charles and Head of the Schuylkill...
played four years varsity basketball...junior varsity
soccer team captain...frisbee and football All-Star.
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Sophomore, 5-9
Melbourne, Victoria,
Australia
(Methodist Ladies’ College)
At Miami: Lettered as a freshman…silver medalist in the junior varsity and novice
eight at the FIRA State Championships…finished fifth
in the junior varsity eight at the ACC Championships…finished fourth in the petite final of the junior
varsity eight at the San Diego Crew Classic…named
to the 2004-05 ACC All-Academic team…majoring in
exercise physiology. Methodist Ladies' College:
Coached by Helen O'Conner and Char Coote her
freshman year, Mary O'Conner and Troy Kooloos her
sophomore year, Emily Trewartha her junior and
senior years as well as Paul Francis her senior
year...Was named the fastest sculler in the history of
Methodist Ladies' College in 2003...second in the
senior eight at the 2002 State Championship... third
place in the varsity eight at the Head of Schoolgirls
Championship in 2002...second place in the quad at
the Head of Schoolgirls Championship in 2001...third
place in the quad at the Head of Schoolgirls
Championship and at the State Championship in
2000...was fourth at Nationals, third at State
Championships and third at the HSOG with the varsity
8+ her senior year...placed first at State Championship
and HOSG and sixth at Nationals in the second varsity eight+ her junior season...placed first in the HOSG
and second in State Championship in the second
quad her sophomore year...was part of a third quad
that placed first in every race including the State
Championships and HOSG...also participated in soccer, cricket, swimming and Australian Rules football.
Mercantile Rowing Club: Coached by Marty Francis
and Tom Courtney...was a Victorian Junior State team
member in the four+ in 2004...bronze medalist in the
junior double and the junior eight+ at the 2004
Nationals.
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Women's English Henley...named St. Catherine's
Junior A Oarswoman of the Year and Row Ontario
Crew of the Year in 2004...in 2003 won silver in senior
quad and a bronze in the double at the Canadian
Schoolboy, won gold in quad and double at the Royal
Canadian Henley...named St. Catherine's 2003 Junior
B Oarswoman of the Year...2002 gold medalist in the
senior quad and junior double at Canadian Schoolboy,
silver in quad at Royal Women's English Henley and
bronze in quad at Canadian Henley... 2001 silver
medalist in the single at Canadian Schoolboy.
Jordan Louie
Sophomore, 5-8
Tampa, Fla.
(H.B. Plant High School)
At Miami: Majoring in pre-forensics…walked on to the novice squad as a coxswain in
2004…placed first in the novice ‘B’ four at the Florida
Fall Classic… placed second in the novice eight at the
Florida State Championships… took first in the novice
eight against Duke. Kentwood Sr. High School:
Participated in track and field in the pole vault
event…was named most improved in the pole vault…
won coach’s award in tennis.
Madison Nesbitt
Sophomore, 5-8
Delran, N.J.
(University of
Tampa/Moorestown High
School)
At Miami: Majoring in elementary education and
spanish. University of Tampa: Won gold in novice
four at the Stetson Sprints, Akon Sprints and Florist
State Championships…won silver in novice four at
SIRA…gold medalist in the novice eight at the Stetson
Sprints. Moorestown High School: Participated in
field hockey, basketball and lacrosse.
Bethany Krawec
Julianne Parker
Sophomore, 5-8
St. Catharines, Ontario
(Governor Simcoe
Secondary School)
At Miami: Lettered as a freshman in 2004-05…gold medalist in the championship
four at the Head of the Creek…bronze medalist in
both the open eight ‘B’ and the club eight at the Head
of the Hooch Regatta… finished fourth in the petite
final of the junior varsity eight at the San Diego Crew
Classic…silver medalist in the junior varsity and
novice eight at the FIRA State Championships…finished fifth in the junior varsity eight at the ACC
Championships…named to the 2004-05 ACC
Academic Honor Roll…enrolled in the School of
Education...sister Jenny rowed for the University of
Miami from 2000-2004. Governor Simcoe
Secondary School: Coached by Alex Wilson...first
place in Canadian Indoor Championships...was
named Junior Oarswoman of the Year in 20012004...also played basketball and volleyball. St.
Catherine's Rowing Club: Coached by Troy Wallace
and Carl MacCullogh...2004 gold medalist in the quad
and eight at the Canada Cup, quad at Royal
Canadian Henley, and in the senior double at
Canadian Schoolboy...2004 bronze medalist at the
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Tampa, Fla.
(H.B. Plant High School)
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Michelle Pinon
Sophomore, 5-8
Miramar, Fla.
(Flanagan High School)
At Miami: Majoring in
biology…silver medalist at the 2005
FIRA State Championships in the novice eight…gold
medalist in the novice four “B” at FIRA’s…finished first
in the novice eight against Duke at Indian Creek…
placed second in first heat of the open four and finished fifth in the open four B final at the Aramark
South/Central Sprints…was a gold medalist in the
novice eight at the 2004 Head of the Creek Regatta.
Flanagan High School: Participated in volleyball,
soccer, track & field and flag football.
Elizabeth Skidmore
Sophomore, 5-7
Bluefield, Va.
(Graham High School)
At Miami: Majoring in exercise
physiology and sports administration. William and Mary: Coached by Robert
Montague…placed fourth at SIRAS…placed tenth at
the Dad Vail Regatta…placed third at the Mid-Atlantic
Championships…finished fifth in the intermediate
eight at the US Rowing Nationals with the “B” eight.
Graham High School: Named school valedictorian in
2004…earned All-District honors in basketball and
softball…was team captain in basketball, volleyball
and softball…named GHS Female Athlete of the Year
in 2004.
Meghan White
Sophomore, 5-10
SW Ranches, Fla.
(Pembroke Pines Charter
High School)
At Miami: Majoring in ecosystem science and biology…in 2004, placed second in
the novice eight and third in the novice four at the
FIRA State Championships…finished fourth in the
novice eight at the ACC Championships…placed first
in the novice eight against Duke…finished fourth in
the open four ‘B’ final at Central Sprints.
At Miami: Lettered as a freshman in 2004-05…bronze medalist in
the open eight “B” at the Head of the Chattahoochee
…finished first in the novice eight at the Florida Fall
Classic and at the FIRA State Championships…third
place in the novice four at the FIRA State Championships…finished fourth in the novice eight at the ACC
Championships…defeated Duke in the novice eight at
Indian Creek…named to the 2004-05 ACC Academic
Honor Roll …majoring in international studies, political
science and spanish. H. B. Plant High School:
Coached by Mike Smith and Kate Niebauer...won gold
in the varsity eight in 2004, in the varsity four 2003-04,
in the junior varsity eight and four in 2002 at the
Tampa City Championships... 2003 gold medalist in
the varsity four at the Florida State Championships...
also earned a varsity letter in swimming.
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Justine Lewis
Laura Cordner
Megan Hudson
Redshirt Freshman, 5-11
Edmonds, Wash.
(Meadowdale)
Freshman, 6-1
Melbourne, Victoria,
Australia
(Wesley College)
Freshman, 5-10
Pittsburgh, Pa.
(North Allegheny Senior
High School)
At Miami: Was granted a redshirt for the 2004-05 season…majoring in psychology and criminology. Meadowdale High
School: Was a member of Meadowdale's varsity
eight...was named MVP of her high school
squad...also lettered in basketball...part of the 2004
Washington State Basketball Championship team.
Kelly Amsler
Freshman, 5-7
Redmond, Wash.
(Lake Washington High
School)
At Miami: Majoring in marketing.
Lake Washington High School:
Coached by Kirkland Barrett and Kara Eiber…participated with the selection camp for the US National
team this summer…named Lake Washington team
captain and most inspirational in 2005…received the
2003-04 Outstanding Student Leadership Award and
was nominated for the King County Journal’s Top
Grad Salute Leadership Award…garnered most
improved honors in 2003…in 2003, was nominated for
the Northwest Crew of the Year… won gold in the
women’s open eight at the San Diego Crew Classic in
2003…at the 2003 US Rowing Nationals, won gold in
the Jr. B women’s four and placed fourth in the Jr. B
women’s single…won gold in the varsity four in 2005,
placed fourth in the varsity eight in 2004 and fifth in
the varsity eight in 2003 at the Youth Invitational…at
the Northwest Junior Regionals won gold in the 4x+
and bronze in the four and eight, in 2004 won gold in
the 4x+ and 8x+, in 2003 won silver in the eight.
At Miami: Undecided major in
the School of Arts and Sciences. Wesley College:
Coached by Guy Begley…holds the current Wesley
girls all-time record for the 2000-meter erg...placed
fourth in Head of the River and Head of the School
Girls in 2004…received college colours for rowing in
2003 and 2004…participated in varsity soccer, receiving general colours…a member of the International
Baccalaureate Program, Corder received academic
awards for English, Biology, Geography and
Indonesian.
Marleena Eyre
At Miami: Majoring in neuroscience…named most improved novice rower in
2005. North Allegheny High School: Coached by
Don Heckenstaller…three year varsity letter winner in
rowing…placed second in the petite final in the
women’s junior four a the US Rowing National Youth
Invitationals in 2005…won silver in women’s senior
four at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta…gold medalist in
the women’s varsity four at the Midwest Scholastic
Championships in 2004 and 2005…won gold in the
eight at Head of the Ohio and at the Princeton
Regatta…gold medalist in the 2- at the Philly Youth
Regatta…named to the US Rowing 2004-05
Scholastic Honor Roll.
Freshman, 5-8
Seattle, Wash.
(Lakeside School)
At Miami: Majoring in health
studies. Lakeside School: Coached
by Coby Stites…attended the US Rowing Northwest
I.D. Camp held in Seattle, Wash. in 2004…placed
ninth out of 52 in the varsity eight at the Head of the
Charles in 2003…in 2005, won silver in the four at the
U.S. Rowing Youth Invitational…won gold in the junior
varsity eight and four from at the NW Jr. Regionals
from 2003-2005…in 2002, won silver in the junior varsity eight at the NW Jr. Regionals.
Olivia Arkell
Rachael Sporko
Freshman, 5-10
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
(Saratoga Springs High
School)
At Miami: Majoring in psychology. Saratoga Springs High School: Coached by Eric
Catalano, Chris Chase and Heather Smith…won four
gold medals at the New York State Sectionals and at
the New York State Championships…won two gold
medals at the Head of the Fish…at Trail of the Fish
won four gold medals…placed fifth at nationals…
competed at the Head of the Charles…was a fourtime Section II and New York State Scholastic Rowing
Champion and became a National finalist in
2005…participated in basketball, lacrosse, dance and
ski club…named Who’s Who Among America High
School Students from 2001-2003…earned the “Sports
Edition” honor in 2004 and 2005.
Freshman, 5-11
Kelowna, British Columbia
(Kelowna Secondary
School)
At Miami: Majoring in advertising. Kelowna Secondary School: Coached by June
Hawkins…silver medalist at Canadian Juvenile
National Track and Field Championships…bronze
medalist in the 400m hurdles…silver medalist in the
shot put at the BC High School Championships…heptathlon silver medalist in Canadian Juvenile
Championships and gold medalist in heptathlon during BC Juvenile Championships…lettered one year in
basketball and two years in volleyball.
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Mark Light Field
at Alex Rodriguez Park
Completed in 1977, and
refurbished with natural grass for
the first time in 1994, ”The Light”
has been the home of the 1982,
1985, 1999 and 2001 College
NCAA World Series Champions.
One of the nation’s most complete facilities, MLS has a seating capacity of 5,000.
Cobb Stadium for
Soccer, Track and
Field
Through a major gift from
Ambassador and Mrs. Charles
E. Cobb and the Cobb family,
Cobb Stadium for Soccer, Track
and Field opened in the spring of
1999. The project included the
reconstruction and expansion of
the University track and the construction of a new soccer field to
accommodate the University’s
soccer program. The facility
includes seating for 500 persons.
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Center
Dedicated in 1987, the home
of Miami tennis is one of the top
five facilities in the country. With
16 courts and seating for 1,000
spectators, the facility hosts
many of the nation’s top amateur
events, including the
International Junior Orange Bowl
Tournament, ITCA Women’s
Rolex Qualifier and BIG EAST
Tennis Championships.
Hurricane Strength and
Conditioning Complex
Greentree Practice
Fields
Norman Whitten
Student Union Pool
The crown jewel of the
Hecht Athletic Center is the
Hurricane Strength and
Conditioning Complex.
Completed in 2001, the 11,500square foot facility is more than
double the size of the old weight
room and features the latest in
strength and conditioning equipment.
The practice home of the
1983, ’87, ’89, ’91 and ‘01
national football champions
under went a $2 million renovation during the 1998 off-season
and includes three full length
prescription athletic turf fields.
Lights were also installed to
allow for evening practices.
One of the most underrated
facilities on campus, the Norman
Whitten Student Union Pool has
been home to 27 Olympians, 41
National Champions and 118 AllAmericans. Located in the heart
of campus, the Norman Whitten
Student Union Pool has been the
home of the Hurricanes since its
dedication in 1966.
Knight Sports Complex
Hecht Athletic Center
Completed in 1985, this building
houses practice courts, locker
rooms and coaching offices. The
“Knight” was refurbished with a
new permanent playing surface
in the spring of 1994.
Dedicated in 1979, the
Hecht Athletic Center houses all
the administrative offices within
the University of Miami athletic
program.
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Wellness Center
Orange Bowl
This state-of-the-art recreation and fitness facility opened
in January 1996. Located next to
the Hecht-Stanford residential
calleges, the Wellness Center
provides students a variety of
activities and services, including
a fitness room; aerobics classes;
indoor track; gymnasium with
basketball, volleyball and badminton courts; racquetball and
squash courts; indoor pool, spa,
and sauna.
Dedicated on December 10,
1937 the Orange Bowl serves as
the home of the University of
Miami football team. The facility
has a seating capacity of 72,319
and has played host to five
Super Bowls and numerous collegiate bowl games. Since 1970,
when the collegiate national
champion was first selected after
the completion of the bowl
games, the Orange Bowl Classic
has hosted 11 games that decided the national title. Until the
1996 season when the OBC
moved to Pro Player Stadium,
Orange Bowl Stadium had hosted eight of the previous 11
national championship games,
including University of Miami
titles in 1983, 1987 and 1991.
BankUnited Center
On Jan. 4, 2003, the
University of Miami began competition in the BankUnited
Center, the home of Miami men’s
and women’s basketball and the
University’s first large-capacity
venue for other educational, cultural, and community events.
The $48 million facility was totally funded through private donations.
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Artist rendering of the new boat house.
RONALD W. SHANE WATERSPORTS CENTER
Located on the east bank of Indian Creek in the heart of Miami
Beach, the Ronald W. Shane Watersports Center is home to the
University of Miami Rowing Team.
The 4,200 square foot facility is equipped with locker rooms,
offices, meeting rooms, a weight room, and bay space to store
over 75 boats. Currently, the Center is undergoing an expansion
project that will add an additional 3,500 square feet of bay space
as well as an enlarged weight room, an erg room and more meeting space. Upon completion of the expansion project in the near
future, the Shane Water Sports Center will truly be one of the finest
rowing facilities in the country.
The Indian Creek waterways are similarly impressive and ideal
for rowing. They offer a protected three mile stretch of water that
opens up onto Biscayne Bay. In addition, there are several networks of canals linking Indian Creek to Biscayne Bay, which provide a wide variety of options for training sessions. It is also home
to a variety of marine life including dolphin and manatees. These
ideal conditions are the reason many universities, high schools,
and even the US Men’s National Team have chosen this site for
their winter training trips.
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A World-Class Student Body
THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
The University of Miami is the largest, most comprehensive private research
university in the southeastern United States with a well-earned reputation for academic excellence. Over 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from every
state and more than 114 nations around the world call UM home during the academic semesters. The University has grown from its main location in the City of Coral
Gables to the Medical campus located in Downtown Miami, the Rosenstiel School
of Marine and Atmospheric Science on Virginia Key, the John J. Koubek Center in
Little Havana, the James L. Knight Center in Downtown Miami, and the South and
Richmond campuses in southwest Miami-Dade County. With more than 8,400 fulland part-time faculty and staff, UM is one of the largest private employers in MiamiDade County.
Enrollment: Total enrollment for the 2003-2005 academic year was 15,250 students. Of that number, 9,741 were undergraduate students, 3,235 were graduate
students, and 1,911 were professional students. During the 2003-2004 academic
year, the University awarded 2,155 bachelor’s, 1,183 master’s, 381 J.D.’s, 142
M.D.’s, 119 Ph.D.’s, and 40 other doctorates.
New Freshman Standings: Two in five new freshmen graduated in the top 5%
of their high school class. Almost two-thirds graduated in the top 10% of their high
school class.
International Students: The University continues to attract able students from
South Florida, as well as from other parts of the nation and around the world. It was
one of the country’s first universities to have an organized international recruitment
program. The University of Miami sends representatives worldwide to seek qualified students. These students represent 113 foreign countries, the 50 states, three
territories, and the District of Columbia.
Honors Program/HonorSocieties:
Approximately 1,200 students participate in the Honors Program. UM has 51
academic honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa.
Research: Research and sponsored program expenditures totaled $263.14
million (FY 04). According to the National Science Foundation, UM ranked 56th of
all universities in expenditures of federal funds for research and development (FY
02).
Budget: The budget for 2004-05 is $1.4 billion, with $803 million projected for
the medical campus. At the end of the FY 04 the endowment was $475 million.
Development: In FY 04, contributions reached $125.7 million in private cash,
gifts and grants. In FY 03, the University ranked 49th among national research institutions in this category. In October 2003, Momentum: the Campaign for the
University of Miami was announced to increase the University’s endowment and
raise needed funds to support its research, teaching, and service missions.
Enrollment at the University of Miami continues to experience tremendous
growth. Applications for the freshman class during 2003-2004 reached 185,490 —
the highest freshman class application figure in the University’s history.
The student body also has become more diverse. Hispanics account for 28 percent, and African-Americans for11 percent, while Asian students accounted for 7
percent.
Women accounted for approximately 57 percent of the new freshman class that
year, about 58 percent of all undergraduates, and 50 percent of the graduate and
professional students.
Education outside the traditional classroom is an important part of student life at
University of Miami. The University has 60 programs offered in 25 countries on a
full academic year, semester, or summer basis.
Campuses and Schools
Coral Gables Campus: The Coral Gables campus, with its two colleges and
seven schools, is located on a 230-acre tract in suburban Coral Gables.
Medical Campus: The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of
Medicine campus consists of 35 acres within the 80-acre University of
Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center complex. Other facilities at the medical
center, in addition to Jackson Memorial Hospital, include the Miami Veterans Affairs
Medical Center and two University-owned hospitals—the University of Miami
Hospital and Clinics and Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital, along with the Sylvester
Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Dedication of
the Lois Pope LIFE Center in fall 2000 and the Batchelor Children’s Research
Institute in spring 2001 in the Schoninger Research Quadrangle marked major contributions to the research facilities at the medical campus. School of Medicine faculty currently conduct more than 1,300 research projects aimed at advances in basic
science and clinical care in facilities totaling more than two million square feet of
owned and leased space.
Rosenstiel Campus: The Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric
Science is located on an 18-acre waterfront campus on Virginia Key in Biscayne
Bay.
South Campus: The south campus, located ten miles southwest of Coral
Gables, is on a 136-acre site used for conducting research and development projects.
Richmond Campus: The Richmond campus, established in 2001, is a 78-acre
site near south campus. Research facilities for the Rosenstiel School’s Center for
Southeastern Tropical Advanced Remote Sensing (CSTARS) and Richmond
Satellite Operations Center (RSOC) are located on a portion of the new campus.
Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; 22 professional
accrediting agencies.
University Administration
Officers: Donna E. Shalala, president; Dean Colson, Esq., chairman, Board of
Trustees; Thomas J. LeBlanc, executive vice president and provost.
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Sizzling the silver screen
MIAMI: WHERE THE HEAT IS ON...
“Welcome to Miami…bienvenidos a Miami.” With 84 miles of Atlantic coastline,
yearlong sunshine, and a boasted average daily temperature of 75 degrees, it is no
wonder in his hit single, rapper Will Smith dubbed Miami “the city where the heat is
on.”
The Heat on the Court
Thanks to South Florida’s year-round, sports-friendly climate, Miami has a lot to
offer in outdoor recreational activities. From some of the PGA’s finest golf courses
to almost 700 parks, there is something for everyone. With countless opportunities
for kayaking, scuba-diving, fishing, beach volleyball, and rollerblading, there is no
excuse for going without a tan.
South Florida truly has the perfect weather for sports, and is one of only eight
metropolitan areas in the United States that can boast of a professional franchise in
each of the four major sports. The Major League’s Florida Marlins had everybody
“doing the fish” when they won the World Series in 2003. The NFL’s Miami
Dolphins have thrilled fans for decades at the Dolphins Stadium, which hosted both
the 1995 and 1999 Super Bowls. Despite the warm weather, South Florida’s own
hockey team, the Florida Panthers, keep up on the ice. And for basketball fans, the
NBA’s Miami Heat keep things heated up at the American Airlines Arena.
Miami is Caliente
Truly a melting pot, Miami plays home to a variety of cultures, creating a totally
unique, vibrant cultural mosaic. With representatives of every Hispanic nation in the
world, Spanish serves as a second language to most of Miami’s residents. Little
Havana is the heart of Miami’s Cuban community, where churro vendors line the
streets, the aroma of high-octane café Cubano fills the air, and the spirit of friendly
competition fills Domino Park.
The spirit of the Caribbean is alive in Little Haiti, where many Haitian artists,
musicians and entrepreneurs get their start in Miami. The proud focal point of this
neighborhood is the Caribbean Market, an open-air replica of Port-au-Prince’s Iron
Market, where Creole is the dominant language, and there are elements of AfroCaribbean religions such as voodoo.
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With tropical weather, a high quality labor pool, low production costs, and direct
links to Latin America, Miami has become one of the most important entertainment
centers in the world. Dubbed as the Latin-American Hollywood by the New York
Times, such block busters as Big Trouble, written by Miami Herald columnist Dave
Barry, and starring Tim Allen and Rene Russo, Any Given Sunday, There’s
Something About Mary, The Birdcage, and Wild Things were all filmed in Miami.
Miami is a Hollywood favorite off-screen as well as on-screen, with dozens of
celebrities calling Miami home, and even more who consider it a favorite weekend
getaway. Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s Star Island estate and Gianni Versace’s
Ocean Drive mansion-turned-museum are just a couple of examples of Miami’s
celebrity appeal. It is not uncommon to spot Sean “P.Diddy” Combs, Jamie Foxx or
Pharrell of the Neptunes dancing at a South Beach club or former president Bill
Clinton playing golf at the Biltmore Hotel.
Miami Hot Spots
For shopping, for dancing, or for just plain people watching, Miami offers several places to see and be seen. With over 800 buildings designed in the 30s and
40s, South Beach serves as the largest collection of Art Deco architecture in the
world. Celebrity-owned restaurants like Cameron Diaz’s Bambu, night clubs such
as Crobar and Level, and a medley of huge anchor stores and small unique boutiques create the flavor of Miami’s most famous hot spot.
Coconut Grove, just a ten-minute drive from the University of Miami, is another
student favorite. Built mainly by West Indian craftsmen brought in from the
Bahamas, it still holds onto the Caribbean appeal its name suggests. Attracting writers, artists, and non-conformists, this hub of the bohemian arts contributed to
Miami’s cultural renaissance. Fast-forward a century, and the Grove is still one of
Miami’s hottest nightspots, with more than 75 cafes, restaurants, and clubs that line
the streets.
The warmth of Coral Gables, the “City Beautiful”
The University of Miami campus is located in Coral Gables, dubbed “the City
Beautiful.” Founded by George Merrick almost a century ago, the Gables is one of
Miami’s most beautiful areas. The palm-lined streets are all named after European
villages, each one bordered by Old Spanish style homes. Downtown Coral Gables
is bustling with the many offices of multi-national corporations. The city’s central
boulevard, Miracle Mile, has a wide array of designer boutiques and art galleries.
One Gables favorite is the Venetian Pool, a beautiful swimming lagoon carved out
of coral, which features cascading waterfalls and underwater caves.
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Donna E. Shalala
Paul Dee
University President
Director of Athletics
Donna E. Shalala became the fifth President of the University
of Miami on June 1, 2001. President Shalala is an accomplished
scholar, teacher, and administrator whose career has been
marked by a variety of leadership positions reflecting her interest
in young people. She also is a big sports fan! Shalala was influenced by her mother, Edna, a former nationally ranked tennis
player, while growing up in Cleveland, Ohio. While attending college, she played tennis and still plays a competitive game of doubles. She also enjoys golf, skiing and other outdoor activities.
"Sports gave me discipline," she said. "During the course of a year, I try to attend all of
our sports, and I wish I could watch more of the games."
In 1987 President Shalala, a distinguished political scientist, became the first woman
chancellor of a Big Ten university, the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She led what
was then the nation’s largest public research university. In 1992 Business Week magazine named her one of the top five managers in higher education.
President Shalala’s success at Wisconsin was reflected in athletics as well. She
hired a new football coach, recruiting Barry Alvarez from Notre Dame. Four years later,
Wisconsin won the Big Ten football championship and represented its conference in the
Rose Bowl for the first time in 30 years. President Shalala served on the first Knight
Commission, a committee to review college athletics, and has served on the board of the
National Collegiate Athletic Association Foundation.
In 1993, Shalala was named U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services (HHS)
and served for eight years, becoming the nation’s longest-serving HHS Secretary.
In 1999 she spearheaded the United Way campaign for federal employees that
raised a record $44 million for local and national charities. In 2000 she led the official
U.S. delegation to the Olympics in Sydney, Australia. At the end of her tenure as HHS
Secretary, The Washington Post described her as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times.”
As President of the University of Miami, President Shalala presides over one of the
most successful college athletic programs in the country. The Hurricanes football program consistently ranks in the top of the polls. In 2001 the baseball team won its fourth
College World Series and the football team won its fifth national championship. In 2003
the men and women’s basketball teams began play in a new, on-campus facility, the
Convocation Center. Other Hurricane sports—from golf to tennis—have also earned
national recognition.
As to the future of UM athletics, Shalala said, "We have to make sure that we have
first-class facilities and coaches. We need substantial fan support for all of our sports to
be able to maintain them at the highest competitive levels. All of our sports deserve
strong support. We have to make sure we have enough opportunities for young women
and men. Compliance will always demand our attention. We have people of great integrity. I believe our biggest challenge is not getting complacent about our programs, and
investing in women's sports at the same level as men’s sports."
For a sports fan like President Shalala, there is no better place to call home than the
University of Miami.
Career Highlights
2001- . . . . . . . . President, Professor of Political Science, University of Miami
1993-2000 . . . . Secretary
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1987-1993 . . . . Chancellor University of Wisconsin -Madison
1980-1987 . . . . President, Hunter College of the City University of New York
1977-1980 . . . . Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and
Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
1975-1977 . . . . Director and Treasurer of the Municipal
Assistance Corporation for the City of New York
1972-1979 . . . . Professor and Chair, Program in Politics and
Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
1970 . . . . . . . . . Ph.D. Syracuse University
1962-1964 . . . . U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Iran
1962 . . . . . . . . . A.B. Western College for Women
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Paul Dee has served as Director of Athletics since 1993. Prior
to his appointment, Dee had served the University as its Vice
President and General Counsel beginning in 1981.
During his tenure as Director of Athletics, Dee has focused the
efforts of the Athletic Department on four major points of emphasis: 1) the success of its programs; 2) the development of its student-athletes, both athletically and academically; 3) the quality of
its staff; and 4) the improvement of facilities. The department has
achieved success in each of these areas.
Program Success
During Dee’s tenure as Director of Athletics, the University of Miami has won three
team national championships (baseball in 1999 and 2001, football in 2001).
Prior to joining the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1, 2004, Miami was a dominant
program in the Big East Conference, winning 34 league titles between 1993 and 2004.
Included in those league championships were eight football titles, eight women’s tennis
titles, seven men’s tennis titles, six Big East women’s outdoor track and field championships, two women’s indoor track, and one title in men’s basketball, women’s basketball
and men’s swimming and diving.
In their inaugural year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, UM teams won conference
championships in women’s indoor and outdoor track, and the women’s tennis and volleyball teams finished in second place. The football team finished in third place, and the
men’s basketball program had a resurgence under new head coach Frank Haith.
Under Dee’s supervision, the University of Miami athletic department has added full
scholarship programs in women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and women’s rowing, and
the university will begin playing women’s lacrosse in 2007.
Student-Athlete Success
University of Miami student-athletes have continued to achieve academically. UM
student-athletes have shown consistent improvement in grade-point average and graduation rates over the last decade.
Perhaps the most successful scholar-athlete of the last decade at UM was football
offensive tackle Joaquin Gonzalez, who earned the 2001 HealthSouth Draddy Award (the
“Academic Heisman”), in addition to earning first-team All-America honors on the field in
2000 and 2001.
Quality of Staff
Miami coaches have been widely recognized by their peers as some of the nation’s
best. The current UM coaching staff has earned a combined 18 National Coach of the
Year honors, including nine by diving coach Randy Ableman, four by baseball coach Jim
Morris, three by football coach Larry Coker, and two by women’s golf coach Lela
Cannon.
Improvement and Expansion of Facilities
Since 1993, the University of Miami athletic program has seen an almost complete
makeover of its athletic facilities. During that period, Dee has overseen the following facility projects:
• Construction of new football field at Greentree Field
• Construction of Cobb Stadium (track and soccer)
• Renovation of football locker and equipment rooms
• Renovation of the athletic training room
• Renovation of athletic department offices
• Construction of the academic study hall facility
• Construction of the weight training facility
• Construction of the football meeting rooms
• Construction of locker rooms for track, soccer and volleyball
• Construction of Convocation Center for basketball
and, looking ahead constuction of Alex Rodriguez Park
A Commitment To A Well-Rounded Program
Dee believes intensified fund raising efforts and developing stronger interest in
women’s sports are vital to ensuring the future success of the Hurricanes’ program.
National Influence
During his 12 years as Director of Athletics, Dee has been active in professional
activities. Dee has served on several NCAA committees, including the Committee on
Certification and the Management Council. He is currently a member of the Committee
on Infractions.
Before Miami
Before joining the University, Dee was with the Miami law firm of Mershon, Sawyer,
Johnston, Dunwoody & Cole and was a law clerk for Chief U.S. District Judge Charles
Fulton in Miami. He received his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Florida in
1970 and his master’s of education and juris doctor degrees with honors from the
University of Miami in 1973 and 1977, respectively.
Dee has a son, Terrance, who practices law in Miami.
President Shalala keeping up with the races at the Hurricane Invitational
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ERG-A-THON
In 2005, the rowing team participated in an Erg-a-thon at the University Center on
campus to benefit the Miami Chapter of Habitat for Humanity and to raise money for
equipment.
HURRICANES IN THE COMMUNITY
Row-for-Humanity
The University of Miami Women’s Rowing team joined 15 other university
crews and participated in the annual “Row for Humanity”. The purpose of the event
was to raise money for Habitat for Humanity and their respective rowing programs.
Habitat for Humanity has built more than 450 low-income homes in the Miami
area, including Overtown, Little Haiti, and Liberty City. All funding for Habitat for
Humanity comes from sponsors and private donors.
Overall, the Hurricanes raised $7,000.00 rowing a total of 714,559 meters, a
great feat for the first year of participation in this program, in an “Erg-a-thon” that
was organized on campus. A check for approximately $700.00 will be given to the
Miami Chapter of Habitat for Humanity at the end of February.
The fundraiser also helped the Hurricanes raise money for the purchase of new
equipment that will provide additional opportunities for the team’s success.
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At the University of Miami, our student-athletes, coaches, and staff take great
pride in giving back to the community. The Hurricanes are dedicated to the
improvement of our community with a special focus on the children of South
Florida. Through volunteerism, student-athletes will have the opportunity to serve
the community and be positive role models to youth.
As an educational institution we want to instill the importance of education and
hard work into our youth through examples of leadership and dedication to our
community and its members.
Through community service projects, student-athlete and staff appearances,
contributions and fund-raising events it is our goal to build a partnership with our
community that will assist us in our goal of enhancing the quality of life for South
Florida’s youth.
The University of Miami has a number of different programs for student-athletes
to become involved. The following is a list of community programs and events that
the Hurricanes have contributed their time and service to:
Hurricanes Speaker’s Bureau - Student-athletes, coaches and staff take time to
speak to groups about developing a positive, winning lifestyle.
5000 Role Models - The project’s goal is to have student-athletes and athletic
department staff members intervene in the lives of at-risk boys to provide them with
alternatives that will lead them away from crime and violence.
Join-a-Team, Not-a-Gang - Its purpose is to encourage area youth to seek
positive alternatives to gangs.
Red Ribbon Week - An annual week-long event where student-athletes make
appearances at local schools and organizations to educate children on the importance of staying drug free.
Hurricane Helmet Helpers - Area youngsters are given the opportunity to
greet Hurricane players and serve as a personal attendant.
Thanksgiving Dinner Delivery - Student-athletes deliver Thanksgiving dinners, donated by Sysco Food Services, to needy organizations.
Future Canes Program - Exposes at-risk youth, disabled persons and disadvantaged children to a university atmosphere and Hurricane athletic events.
Canes on Patrol - Student-athletes are given an inside look at police work riding with Broward County Sheriffs and assisting in their patrols.
UM, City of Hialeah Team Up - The UM Athletic Department entered in a 5year grassroots partnership with the City of Hialeah that will allow the Hurricanes to
reach out into the community and create opportunities for local youths to participate
and enjoy athletics.
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Haunted House
Ronald McDonald House
Thanksgiving Dinners
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys and Girls Club
Hospital Visits
Youth Clinics
Creek Sweep
YMCA
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ATHLETIC ACADEMIC SERVICES
An 11-year veteran of the office of Athletic Academic
Services, David enters his first year as the Director of
Academic Services. As the director, he provides oversight of
Athletic Academic Services and is the academic liaison to
campus. He specifically advises senior football and women’s
track & field/cross country student-athletes as well as coordinates continuing eligibility for all student-athletes. David
earned his baccalaureate (B.S.) degree in accounting from
Florida A&M University and his graduate degree (M.S.) from
St. Thomas University in sports administration.
The Athletic Academic Services Staff of the University of Miami Athletic
Department is committed to providing the academic support services necessary to
facilitate the graduation of student athletes and the nurturing of skills to promote the
development of responsible, well-rounded individuals. This mission is fulfilled
through our commitment to promote athletics, academics, personal development
and career development.
The Retention Programs
The University of Miami offers unique programs designed to assist student-athletes in their pursuit of a college education. These are a few of the programs
offered to assist student-athletes:
1. UMX Freshman Experience Course - A unique class designed to assist
freshman student-athletes with the transition from high school to college.
2. Proactive Mentorship Program - This program is designed to assist student-athletes with the transition skills necessary to be successful college students.
All freshmen are required to participate and meet once a week with a mentor covering issues such as time management, goal-setting, class preparation, test preparation, etc.
3. Study Table Program - Provides valuable locations and time to accomplish
academic goals. Structured times, group and individual tutorials, computer labs,
and quiet areas are designated for this program.
4. F.A.S.T. Program (Freshman Academic Success Training) - The main
purpose of this program is to ensure a smooth and successful transition from high
school to college through academic success training. This will be accomplished
through closely monitoring incoming at-risk student-athletes so as to ensure the
use of efficient time management and study skills. Assumptions are made that all of
our student-athletes come to us with good study habits, academic knowledge, and
social judgment. This program will address all these areas and be reinforced
throughout the semester.
5. Computer Lab - Located within the Hecht Athletic Center, student-athletes
have access to 30 personal computers with Internet access and conduct research.
The lab also has 20 laptop computers that student-athletes can check out and take
with them on team trips, or when they want to work on their own.
6. Tutors - Level 1 certified tutors by the College Reading and Learning
Association provide individual and group assistance upon request. The tutor program at the University of Miami is one of a small number of athletic programs in the
country to be awarded CRLA certification.
7. Learning Resource Room - Student-athletes with disabilities have access
to computer programs that aid in their educational skill development.
Roger Bell (M.S.),
Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services
A 14-year veteran at UM, Roger is in his first year as the
Associate Athletic Director for Academic Services. He oversees
the Academic Services and also serves as the academic advisor
for women’s swimming/diving and men’s diving, and Life Skills
Programs. Bell graduated from Morehouse College in 1972 with a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and completed a masters of
Science degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Miami. Bell and his
wife, Denise, have two children, Raja and Tombi.
Carole Walker (M.ED.), Coordinator of Academic Advising
Carole is responsible for providing academic advising for
freshmen and sophomore football, women’s basketball and
women’s volleyball student-athletes. Now in her sixth year at the
University of Miami, she is also responsible for assisting the
Director of Football Operations with organizing Freshmen Football
Orientation. Carole earned her undergraduate degree (BS) in
Business Administration from Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C.
and as a 1996 recipient of the NCAA Ethnic Minority Postgraduate Scholarship,
obtained her Master’s Degree in Education from Auburn University.
Leigh Husband (M.S.), Coordinator of Academic Advising
Leigh is the advisor to men’s basketball, men’s and women’s
tennis and women’s soccer along with serving as the Initial
Eligibility and Admissions Coordinator. She is also responsible for
the Academic Coach and the New Student Athlete Orientation
programs. Entering her eighth year at the University of Miami,
Leigh has 15 years experience in Athletic Academic Advising.
Leigh’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Vermont
(BS) and her Master’s is from Indiana University (MS). Leigh is married to Jamie
Husband and is the mother of five-year-old Ross.
Christine Scheets (B.A.),
Learning Specialist/Academic Advisor
Christine is responsible for providing academic skills development and advising for student-athletes with disabilities and low
study skills. She also spearheaded the F.A.S.T. Program, which
targets incoming “at-risk” student-athletes. Prior to coming to the
University of Miami, Christine taught in the New Jersey Schools
System as an English teacher. She received a Bachelor of Arts
degree in English Education and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at UM.
Christine is also the mother of 13-year-old Lainey and 11-year-old Hunter.
Artavias Thompkins (B.S.), Academic Coordinator
In 2005, senior Yassamin Haririnia was awarded the Weaver-James-Corrigan postgraduate scholarship given by the ACC and a postgraduate scholarship from the NCAA
Committee on Women's Athletics Women's Enhancement Scholarship Program.
Haririnia, graduated in May with a degree in pre-physical therapy.
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Artavias is responsible for providing academic advising for
men’s baseball and junior football student-athletes. He began as
an intern in the Academic Services offices at the University of
Miami Athletic Department and is now entering his second year as
a full time advisor. Artavias received his undergraduate degree
from Utah State University in Interdisciplinary Studies and is looking forward to pursuing a master’s degree in the near future.
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Office of Athletic Compliance
Dear Prospective Student-Athlete:
As a prospective student-athlete, you may have the athletic potential to row at the
Division I-A level. If so, you probably will be exposed to an enormous amount of recruitment activities from universities across the country. Throughout the recruitment process,
coaches will reference various NCAA rules and regulations. The rules are designed for
various reasons. The most important of which are to ease the pressures on prospective
student-athletes and to level the playing field so that all universities operate within the
same guidelines.
During the recruiting process you may have the following questions:
• When and how often can I visit an institutions campus?
• When, where and how often can a coach telephone me?
• How many times can a coach observe me in practice and/or competition?
• What academic criteria must I meet to be eligible to play Division I college athletics?
The answers to these questions and more can be obtained from the University of
Miami Compliance Office or the NCAA by requesting the NCAA Guide for the CollegeBound Student-Athlete. The guide may be provided to a prospective student-athlete at
any time. The guide addresses issues related to Divisions I, II and III academic eligibility,
financial aid, recruitment and more.
To receive a copy of the guide call the NCAA Hotline at 1-800-638-3731 or request it
from the University of Miami coach who is recruiting you.
Please remember that since violations of NCAA rules during your recruitment could
jeopardize your athletic eligibility, it is important for you and your parents to be informed
and to ask questions throughout the recruiting process.
Best of luck and GO HURRICANES!
Sincerely,
Tony Hernandez
Associate AD; Director for Compliance
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is a Prospective Student-Athlete (Prospect)?
You are a prospect if you have started classes for the ninth grade. Before the ninth
grade, you may become a prospect if a university provides you (or your family or friends)
any financial aid or other benefit that is not usually provided to prospective student-athletes.
How do I know if I’m being recruited?
A coach is recruiting you if they try to convince you directly, or through your family, to
attend their school and participate in intercollegiate athletics. There are several ways to
be recruited: (1) a coach may provide you with an official paid visit to view the campus,
(2) a coach may arrange an in-person, off-campus meeting with you (or your family), or
(3) a coach or staff member may call you (or your family) on more than one occasion for
the purpose of recruitment.
Coaches and authorized institutional staff members are the only individuals who may
recruit you. Representatives of athletic interests (boosters) may not call, write or make inperson contact with you anywhere for the purpose of recruiting you to a university and
participating in athletics.
When can a coach contact me?
Off Campus Contact
In the sport of basketball, a coach can arrange a face-to-face meeting, off the
University’s campus, with you beginning the first day of classes of your senior year.
In the sport of football, a coach can arrange a face-to-face meeting, off the
University’s campus, with you beginning July 1 after your junior year. In all other sports, a
coach can arrange one face-to-face meeting, off the University’s campus, with you on
your high school campus during the month of April of your junior year. Then beginning
July 1 after your junior year.
Telephone Calls
• In all sports other than football and basketball, a coach may call a prospect once during the month of March of the prospect’s junior year in high school and then on or after
July 1 following the completion of the prospect’s junior year in high school. Only one
phone call may be made per week to a prospect or the prospect’s family.
• In the sport of football, a coach may initiate one telephone call to a prospect during
the month of May of the prospect’s junior year. Additional telephone calls to a prospect
may not be made before September 1 of the beginning of the prospect’s senior year in
high school, limited to one call per week.
• In the sport of men’s basketball, coaches may make one telephone call per month
after June 15 of the prospect’s sophomore year through July 31 of the junior year.
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nation’s most comprehensive compliance departments. They work closely with the
Hurricane athletic department to ensure full compliance with institutional, Atlantic
Coast Conference and NCAA rules and regulations.
Tony
Hernandez
Associate
AD;
Director of
Compliance
Andrea
Kristine
Nordmann
Kuhr
Assistant
Assistant
Director of
Director of
Compliance for Compliance for
Financial Aid
Eligibility
Debbie
Foley
Administrativ
e Assistant
A Division I institution may provide you with the following printed
materials:
• General correspondence, including letters, U.S. Postal Service postcards and
institutional note cards;
• Game programs, which may not include posters, and one Student-Athlete
Handbook;
• NCAA educational information;
• Pre-enrollment information subsequent to signing a National Letter of Intent
with the university;
• One athletic publication (e.g., media guide or recruiting brochure);
• Official academic,admissions and student services publications published or
videos produced by the institution and available to all students;
• Schedule and business cards;
• Questionnaires which may be provided prior to your junior year; and
• Camp brochures which may be provided prior to your junior year.
Beginning August 1 of the senior year a coach may make two telephone calls per week.
Only one call per week to a two-year college prospect.
• In the sport of women’s basketball, one telephone call during the months of April and
May of the prospect’s junior year in high school, one telephone call between June 1 and
June 20 and then one telephone call may be made to a prospect on or after June 21 of
the prospect’s junior year in high school. In addition, only three telephone calls to a
prospect may be made during the month of July, with no more than one call per week.
• In the following circumstances unlimited calls to a prospect are permitted: (1) during
the five days immediately preceding an official visit to the University of Miami, (2) on the
initial date for signing the National Letter of Intent and the two days following the signing
date, and (3) on the day of a coach’s off-campus contact with a prospect.
• For all sports, coaches may receive telephone calls placed by a prospect at the
prospect’s expense at anytime, including before July 1 following the prospect’s junior
year in high school.
Letters
Letters and recruiting information may be sent to you starting September 1 at the
beginning of your junior year in high school.
What is a Contact?
A contact is any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect’s parent(s) or legal guardian and an institutional staff member or athletic representative during
which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting. NOTE: At the Division
I level, athletic representatives (boosters) may not contact you for the purpose of recruiting.
What can a school offer me to attend their University?
You (or your family) may not receive any benefit, inducement or arrangements such
as cash, clothing, cars, gifts or loans to encourage you to sign a National Letter of Intent
or to attend a NCAA school.
A University may offer you a one-year scholarship that covers room and board,
tuition and fees, and required course-related books, or any part of these. The institution
can recommend that this aid is renewed each year, as is the general practice at the
University of Miami but this renewal is not guaranteed. In addition, they can offer you
quality academic and medical support, as well as the opportunity to compete for one of
the nation’s top programs.
What can I do during this process?
Enjoy your high school years and work hard both in the classroom and in your sport.
At the beginning of your junior year you should sign up for the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Your high school guidance office can provide you with the information to register.
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Victor Ishmael
The Hurricane Strength and Conditioning program operates under the guidance
of head strength coach Andreu Swasey. Swasey returned to Miami in 2000 after
spending the 1999 season as the defensive backs coach at the University of
Houston. Before going to Houston, Swasey served as Assistant Strength and
Conditioning Coach for two years at Miami.
Swasey is known for his enthusiastic approach to weight training and for developing year-round sports specific programs for each student-athlete. Together with
assistant strength coaches Victor Ishmael, Mark Dziadek, Jimmy Goins, Mac
Calloway and Andrew Kilch assure that Hurricane student-athletes are given the
personalized instruction and tools to reach their full physical potential.
The goal of the Hurricane Strength and Conditioning program is to minimize
injury risk and enhance all physical parameters, including strength, speed, power,
flexibility and cardio-vascular endurance.
To help achieve this goal, the University recently completed construction of a
new $4.9 million weight room. The 12,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility houses 20 custom designed weight lifting stations, 17 cardio-vascular machines, a
stretching station, a dumbbell and rehab station and over 44,000 pounds of
weights.
Each year when freshmen players report, baseline data is collected and a
weight-training program is designed. Under the guidance of the strength staff, each
student-athlete’s progress is closely monitored and documented.
UM student-athletes also have use of the state-of-the-art track at the Cobb
Stadium for Soccer, Track & Field. Known as one of the nation’s top training tracks,
Hurricane student-athletes have the opportunity to work on all facets of speed
training.
State-of-the-art Weight Room
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Completed in 2001
Total Cost: $4.9 Million
Area: 12,000 square feet
44,000 pounds of weights
20 custom designed weight lifting stations
17 cardio-vascular machines
Full stretching station
Dumbbell and rehab station
Assistant Strength and
Conditioning Coach
Fifth Year at Miami
Experience
2001-Present . . . . . . . Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
University of Miami
Coral Gables, Fla.
1998-2001 . . . . . . . . . Assistant Dir. of Speed, Strength& Conditioning
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C.
1997-98. . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Speed, Strength& Conditioning Coach
University of South Carolina
Columbia, S.C.
1996 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Volunteer Speed, Strength & Conditioning Coach
University of Georgia
Athens, Ga.
1990-97. . . . . . . . . . . . Head Speed, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Elbert County High School
Georgia
1987-89. . . . . . . . . . . . Graduate Assistant
University of South Carolina
Columbia, S.C.
Education
1987 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B.A. in English Education
South Carolina State University
Orangeburg, S.C.
Personal
Full Name . . . . . . . . . . Victor F. Ishmael
Born . . . . . . . . . . . . . . December 4, 1964
Wife. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The former Renee Davis
Children . . . . . . . . . . . Marisa (16), Victor (9), Aiyana (6)
Strength and Conditioning Staff
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Andreu Swasey
Head
Strength &
Conditioning
Coach
Mark Dziadek
Assistant
Strength &
Conditioning
Coach
Mac Calloway
Assistant
Strength &
Conditioning
Coach
Andrew Kilch
Assistant
Strength &
Conditioning
Coach
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Jimmy Goins
Assistant
Strength &
Conditioning
Coach
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Ron LeClair
Hurricane student-athletes receive the very best in state-of-the-art professional
medical care. Head Athletic Trainer Scott McGonagle, veteran trainers Kevin
Blaske, Garrick Edwards, Jennifer Lister, Angie Lawerence, Megan Rogers and
graduate assistant trainer Ron LeClair work hand-in-hand with a full staff of
internists, surgeons, dentists, optometrists and counselors to monitor and provide
the best in health care to each student-athlete on a year-round basis.
The Miami training room is equipped with the latest in diagnostic and rehabilitative equipment. Computerized testing and a wide range of aerobic conditioning
equipment are also available to help design individual rehabilitation programs and
help reduce the risk of re-injury. The training room also utilizes Biodex machines to
further aid athletes in their rehabilitation.
The University has teamed up with the country’s finest physicians to assist in
the care of UM athletes. The entire medical staff is on 24-hour call should the need
arise for urgent treatment.
Miami also offers a comprehensive program intended to aid and educate student-athletes concerning the problems and dangers associated with the usage of
drugs and substance abuse. The program consists of drug education, testing,
counseling and rehabilitation.
Nationally respected and renowned in the Miami-Dade medical community,
UM’s certified trainers serve as the gatekeepers for the health care of Miami’s student-athletes. They perform injury rehabilitation, evaluate injuries, perform therapy,
use ultrasound, and manage and care for wounds.
The University of Miami also has created a major field of study for athletic training. All student trainers at UM are required to participate in the major under the
direction of program director Scott McGonagle. Current UM trainers have a wealth
of knowledge in athletic training and have a combined 40 years of experience
between them.
The Hurricane training room is easily accessible to all student-athletes and is
centrally located in the Hecht Athletic Center.
Graduate Assistant
Athletic Trainer
Second Year at Miami
Experience
2004-Present . . . . . . . Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer
University of Miami
Coral Gables, Fla.
2003-04. . . . . . . . . . . . Athletic Training Intern
Superbowl Champion New Egland Patriots
Foxboro, Mass.
2002-04. . . . . . . . . . . . Assistant Athletic Trainer
St. Sebastinas School
Needham, Mass.
2001-02. . . . . . . . . . . . Athletic Training Intern
Superbowl Champion New Egland Patriots
Foxboro, Mass.
Education
2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B.S. in Athletic Training
Northeastern University
Boston, Mass.
Personal
Full Name . . . . . . . . . . Ron LeClair
Born . . . . . . . . . . . . . . June 21, 1978
Athletic Training Staff
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Scott
McGonagle
Head
Athletic Trainer
Kevin Blaske
Associate
Athletic Trainer
Garrick
Edwards
Assistant
Athletic Trainer
Angie Lawrence
Assistant
Athletic Trainer
Jennifer Lister
Assistant
Athletic Trainer
Megan Rogers
Assistant
Athletic Trainer
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The Tradition
Consistency. It is the mark
of true excellence in any
endeavor.
However, in today’s intercollegiate athletics, competition has become so balanced
and so competitive that it is virtually impossible to maintain a
high level of consistency.
Yet the Atlantic Coast
John D. Swofford
Conference has defied the
ACC Commissioner
odds. Now in its 53rd year of
competition, the ACC has long enjoyed the reputation
as one of the strongest and most competitive intercollegiate conferences in the nation. And that is not mere
conjecture, the numbers support it.
Since the league’s inception in 1953, ACC schools
have captured 94 national championships, including
49 in women’s competition and 45 in men’s. In addition, NCAA individual titles have gone to ACC studentathletes 119 times in men’s competition and 61 times
in women’s action.
2004-05 in Review
The 2004-05 academic year concluded with the
league pocketing three more national team titles and
seven individual NCAA crowns. In all, the ACC has
won 51 national team titles over the last 15 years.
The ACC’s 2004-05 national champions were
Wake Forest in field hockey, North Carolina in men’s
basketball and Duke in women’s golf. In addition, a
total of 181 student-athletes from the ACC earned
first, second or third-team All-America honors this past
year.
The Championships
The conference will conduct championship competition in 25 sports during the 2005-06 academic
year - 12 for men and 13 for women.
The first ACC championship was held in swimming on February 25, 1954. The conference did not
conduct championships in cross country, wrestling or
tennis during the first year.
The 12 sports for men include football, cross
country, soccer, basketball, swimming, indoor and outdoor track, wrestling, baseball, tennis, golf and
lacrosse. Fencing, which was started in 1971, was
discontinued in 1981.
Women's sports were initiated in 1977 with the
first championship meet being held in tennis at Wake
Forest University.
Championships for women are currently conducted in cross country, volleyball, field hockey, soccer,
basketball, swimming, indoor and outdoor track, tennis, golf, lacrosse, softball and rowing.
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A History
The Atlantic Coast Conference was founded on
May 8, 1953, at the Sedgefield Inn near Greensboro,
N.C., with seven charter members - Clemson, Duke,
Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South
Carolina and Wake Forest - drawing up the conference by-laws.
The withdrawal of seven schools from the
Southern Conference came early on the morning of
May 8, 1953, during the Southern Conference’s annual spring meeting. On June 14, 1953, the seven members met in Raleigh, N.C., where a set of bylaws was
adopted and the name became officially the Atlantic
Coast Conference.
Suggestions from fans for the name of the new
conference appeared in the region’s newspapers prior
to the meeting in Raleigh. Some of the names suggested were: Dixie, Mid South, Mid Atlantic, East
Coast, Seaboard, Colonial, Tobacco, Blue-Gray,
Piedmont, Southern Seven and the Shoreline.
Duke’s Eddie Cameron recommended that the
name of the conference be the Atlantic Coast
Conference, and the motion was passed unanimously.
The meeting concluded with each member institution
assessed $200.00 to pay for conference expenses.
On December 4, 1953, conference officials met
again at Sedgefield and officially admitted the
University of Virginia as the league’s eighth member.
The first, and only, withdrawal of a school from the
ACC came on June 30, 1971, when the University of
South Carolina tendered its resignation.
The ACC operated with seven members until April
3, 1978, when the Georgia Institute of Technology
was admitted. The Atlanta school had withdrawn from
the Southeastern Conference in January of 1964.
The ACC expanded to nine members on July 1,
1991, with the addition of Florida State University.
The conference expanded to 11 members on July
1, 2004, with the addition of the University of Miami
and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
On October 17, 2003, Boston College accepted an
invitation to become the league’s 12th member starting July 1, 2005.
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DUKE — Joined the Southern Conference in
December, 1928; charter member of the ACC in 1953.
FLORIDA STATE — Charter member of the Dixie
Conference in 1948; joined the Metro Conference in
July, 1976; joined the ACC July, 1991.
GEORGIA TECH — Charter member of the
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1894,
charter member of Southern Conference in 1921,
charter member of the SEC in 1932, joined the ACC in
April, 1978.
MARYLAND — Charter member of the Southern
Conference in 1921, charter member of the ACC in
1953.
MIAMI — Charter member of the Big East
Football Conference in 1991; joined the ACC in July,
2004.
NORTH CAROLINA — Charter member of the
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1894,
charter member of the Southern Conference in 1921,
charter member of the ACC in 1953.
NC STATE — Charter member of the Southern
Conference in 1921; charter member of the ACC in
1953.
VIRGINIA — Charter member of the Southern
Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1894, charter
member of the Southern Conference in 1921,
resigned from Southern Conference in December
1936, joined the ACC in December, 1953.
VIRGINIA TECH — Charter member of the
Southern Conference in 1921; withdrew from the
Southern Conference in June, 1965; became a charter member of the Big East Football Conference in
Feb. 5, 1991; joined the ACC in July, 2004.
WAKE FOREST — Joined the Southern
Conference in February, 1936, charter member of the
ACC in 1953.
ACC ROWING
School Affiliations
BOSTON COLLEGE — Charter member of the
Big East Conference in 1979; joined the ACC in July,
2005.
CLEMSON — Charter member of the Southern
Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1894, a charter
member of the Southern Conference in 1921, a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in
1953.
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2005-06 SEASON OUTLOOK
After a season of highs and lows, the University of
Miami rowing program has once again been infected
with the kind of buzz and excitement that is often
times a precursor to success.
Two years removed from one of the most accomplished seasons in the program’s history, the 2005-06
rowing corps of 20 returning letterwinners and 15
newcomers is primed to write history of its own.
During the 2004-05 campaign, fifth year Head
Coach Debra Morgan and her young squad had to
mature quickly after graduating 11 seniors from the
2004 team all the while acclimating into the challenging Atlantic Coast Conference.
In essence, its inaugural season in the ACC was
also a rebuilding year for the rowing program. With six
sophomores in the varsity eight, the young Hurricanes
were tested early and often allowing both their athletic
and leadership abilities to mature.
“Overall I’m really excited that a lot of what we
overcame last season is going to propel us into this
year,” said Morgan. “The team really took some huge
steps last year.”
The Hurricanes did achieve in many instances last
season. Miami won five of six races to open the season in the Head of the Creek Regatta and took first
place in the open quad and the open eight at the
Head of the Chattahoochee.
After enjoying their first trip to the Rivanna Romp
in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Hurricanes entered
both their varsity and junior varsity eights in the San
Diego Crew Classic. There, the varsity crew finished
fourth in the Cal Cup Grand Final, while the junior varsity eight finished fourth in the Petit Final of the JV
Eight.
Though it would be difficult to duplicate the results
of the 2004 season where Miami swept the field, the
Hurricanes walked away with gold medals in the junior
varsity and varsity fours at the Florida State
Championships.
The Hurricanes finished fourth in their first trip to
the ACC Championships where the varsity eight was
merely five tenths of a second behind Duke.
Sophomore Sarah Conlon was the first Hurricane
named to the All-ACC Team. The varsity eight squad
was also honored during the season by being named
ACC Crew of the Week for the week of April 4th.
After the season, the Atlantic Coast Conference
declared the University of Miami rowing team as one
of 11 teams to receive an ACC Spring Sportsmanship
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Award. Teams receiving the award had conducted
themselves with a high degree of character and good
sportsmanship, as determined by a vote of the
league's teams.
In addition, Miami enjoyed success in the classroom with 18 rowers named to the ACC All-Academic
Honor Roll.
Morgan and the Hurricanes are eager to see how
their learning experiences from last season translate
into success this year.
“I have a positive feeling about this year after all
that they learned last season in addition to the great
recruits that we have coming in.”
Morgan is enthusiastic to work with the numerous
newcomers that will make an immediate impact.
Among those newcomers is Kelly Amsler, who
hails from Redmond, Wash. Amsler participated in the
selection camp for the US Junior National Team,
becoming the first UM rower to do so.
Olivia Arkell is another touted recruit whose talent
is evident, “We have a good feeling about Olivia,” said
Morgan. “She is a truly athletic individual who has an
excellent personality to succeed in rowing. She is a
hard worker, diligent, persistent. I’m really excited
about her.”
Rachel Sporko, who hails from Saratoga Springs,
N.Y., should contribute as well. “I think that she is
going to have an immediate impact for us,” noted
Morgan. “She is really going to contribute. Rachel is
tall, athletic and strong. When you look at her you see
a Miami person. She’s coming to a climate and an
environment that she will really thrive in.”
William and Mary transfer, Liz Skidmore who
Morgan considers a “very strong athlete that will be a
big player for us,” and redshirt-freshman Justine Lewis
will likewise be a factor in this seasons success.
Lewis was forced to sit out the year after suffering an
injury, “Justine is back and ready to go. I’m really
excited to see what she is going to do at the college
level. She was an outstanding recruit that we were
really happy to get here last year.”
The Hurricanes will open the fall season as hosts
of the 13th Annual Head of the Creek Regatta,
October 16th, before traveling to Gainesville, Fla. for
the Head of the Chattahoochee Regatta that will take
place November 5-6.
Miami will then travel to the Florida Fall Regatta,
November 12th, before closing the fall season with at
the Rivanna Romp, November 13th.
Morgan is looking forward to the fall season where
the Hurricanes will be doing a lot of sculling to
increase their speed. “We’ll be getting into small boats
and they’ll be racing each other in singles. I’m really
looking forward to a competitive fall semester where
they will get a chance to push each other and compete against one another.”
“It’s a little bit different when you break people
down into one person boats or two person boats,”
Morgan added. “We’ll have a lot of intrasquad competition planned for the fall. Our staff and the team are
really excited about it.”
The Hurricanes will open the spring season with a
trip to Austin, Texas for the Longhorn Invitational
which will take place March 17-19th. Miami will then
travel to the San Diego Crew Classic, April 1-2.
Miami will host the Florida State Championships,
April 8th, at Indian Creek and then take part in the
Southern Intercollegiate Regatta, in Oak Ridge, Tenn.,
from April 15-16th. The Hurricanes will then compete
in the ACC Championships April 22nd before returning
home for races against UCF and Duke on April 28th.
Finally, the Hurricanes will take part in the
Central/South Regionals May 13-14th.
Regardless of last year’s results, it is evident that
the Miami rowing program is shaping up to become
one of the finest in the country.
“I feel like our program has gelled,” concluded
Morgan. “Our recruiting database, our structure of
workouts, our boathouse that has been able to amass
an appropriate kind of fleet, our coaches, it makes it
feel like this is the first year where we’ve had everything in order. On top of that, we’re really putting all
our energy into developing our rowers. They are
ready to come in and step up like upperclassmen.
They have an idea of what it means to be at that level
and that’s what’s creating excitement for me.”
Sarah Conlon was an All-ACC Team selection in 2004-05.
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