University women’s rowing head coach Portia McGee has announced that she will
be leaving the university, effective February 1, 2013.
husband, Luke, former freshman coach at the University of Washington, has accepted
a position with the U.S. National Team as the Senior Men’s 8+ Coach and as
Program Coordinator of the U.S. Men’s Team. With her departure, McGee has not
yet pursued a new coaching opportunity but hopes to remain strong in the rowing
community as the family relocates to Princeton, NJ.
“While I am sad
to be departing Seattle U so abruptly, I am excited about the work we have
accomplished as a team so far this year,” said McGee. “The team has made great
strides in their first year as a NCAA Division I program. Judging from the
enthusiasm and work ethic of the student-athletes and the quality of the
coaching staff, I know they will have a fulfilling and successful spring
assistant and former Huskies standout, Jennifer Park will assume the role of
interim head coach for the spring competitive season. The university will
conduct a national search for the next head coach.
“I am excited
for Jenny Park to take lead of the program and bring the boats up to race
speed. She is ready for the challenge and the student-athletes really enjoy her
coaching. […] Seattle U women’s rowing is in great hands. I will continue to
support the team and coaches in any way I can and look forward to being one of
the team’s number one fans,” added McGee.
Helen Tilghman will remain on staff as an assistant coach, and new volunteer
assistant coach Kara McKowan, a 2004 graduate of Boston University, joined the
team this winter.