Sunday, July 1, 2012

Former Jayhawk rower returns as assistant coach


Former Jayhawk Carrie Callen has been named an assistant coach for the Kansas University rowing team.

Callen comes from the University of Iowa where she served as an assistant coach of the rowing team for six years. The Garden City native was an assistant coach of the year nominee at Iowa, which is a consistent top 20 program. Callen was a member of the Jayhawk rowing team from 2002 to 2004.

In addition to assisting coach Rob Catloth, Callen will be the recruiting coordinator.


ukanjhox 9 years, 10 months ago

Recruiting coordinator for the rowing team consists of setting up a booth on Wescoe Beach and asking athletic-looking girls if they'd like a full scholarship. This is not a joke.

april28 9 years, 10 months ago

Perhaps one of the ten most ridiculous comments ever on this board. KU rowing should be a perennial top-5 program. No excuses.

Truckhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

The real story here is that it looks like they are going keep Caltoth as head coach if he is hiring new assistants. The contracts section at kusports says that him and the tennis coach are up for renewal this year and both these teams have been terrible. They have big brand new facilities, so that isnt holding them back. I know they just built a huge new row building down by the Kaw about 3 years ago and they bought out the old First Serve tennis club around then. It was a good move firing the terrible golf coach, but what happened to all the new accountability and higher standard stuff for the rest of these guys?

Bville Hawk 9 years, 10 months ago

You can't fire all under-performing head coaches at once. I'm guessing the 2 you refer to have been given a 'success time line' and if they don't hit the AD's marks they understand they will be replaced.

I like the facts that the new rowing assistant: 1) has Kansas roots, 2) was nominated by a perennial top 10 program for assistant of the year in the Big 10, 3) probably knows the Detroit Boat Clubs, etc. of Big 10 country and can recruit those areas.

Truckhawk 9 years, 10 months ago

I didn't say fire all the under performers, just the ones that their contracts are expiring. That should leave plenty of under performers to go around for the next few years :) By the way, is Detroit some kind of hotbed for this? I thought crewing was an east coast, Harvard Yale, preppy kid kinda thang.

Michael Wattai 9 years, 10 months ago

Truckhawk, Rowing is big on the east and west coasts. It's also big in Wisconsin and Canada, and as you know Detroit is north of Canada.

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