Callen Named Kansas Rowing Assistant Coach

June 29, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Carrie Callen, a Kansas graduate who helped coach the University of Iowa into the top-25, was named an assistant coach for the KU women’s rowing team Friday.

The former Jayhawk, Callen, comes from the University of Iowa where she served as the graduate assistant and varsity assistant coach for the Hawkeyes rowing team from Aug. 2006 to June 2012. She spent the first five years as a varsity assistant coach in which she assisted with recruiting, budgeting and coaching 15-20 second tier athletes to compete regionally and in the top 25 nationally.

This past season she was the graduate assistant as she decided to pursue a Master of Business Administration. She hopes to graduate in the summer of 2013.

Callen, a 2006 graduate from KU with a degree in business administration, was a member of the Jayhawk rowing team from 2002-04 as she earned Jayhawk Scholar Student-Athlete honors. She then spent two years (2004-06) as a team manager for the KU rowing team.

Fresh out of college, Callen spent the summer of 2006 at the Kansas City Rowing Club where she coached “Learn-to-Row” Clinics and junior and high school camps. The Garden City, Kan. native, also spent the summer of 2010 coaching at the US Rowing Freshman Camp.

Last season Callen was an Assistant Coach of the Year nominee with the University of Iowa.

“We’re excited about having Carrie here,” Kansas head rowing coach Rob Catloth explained. “I think she had a good six years of experience at Iowa where they were a top 20 team and I know two years they were on the bubble of making the NCAA Championship. So, I think her bringing that experience of being with a top 20 team and competing in the Big 10, which is one of the strongest rowing conferences, is really exciting to have in our program.”

Callen will also be the recruiting coordinator for the Jayhawks as well as coaching the varsity with Catloth.