Alyssa Armstrong enters her second season as an assistant coach for Kansas rowing after being hired in July of 2018. During her first year with the program, she coached the Novice 8+ in the fall of 2018 and the Varsity 4+’s spring 2019.
Prior to Kansas, Armstrong spent three seasons at Old Dominion, one season as a graduate assistant and two years as an assistant coach. In 2015-16, Armstrong helped lead the Lady Monarchs to a sixth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Off the water, the Lady Monarchs also excelled in the classroom in 2015-16, as a total of 22 rowers earned Academic All-Big 12 honors, including 19 first-team selections.
“Alyssa is an energetic coach and does a good job in connecting with student-athletes on and off the water,” Cook-Callen said. “She will play a big role in developing the rowers in our program.”
Armstrong rowed collegiately at the University of Iowa. While at Iowa she picked up consecutive All-Big Ten Academic Team honors (2013-15) and competed in every regatta during her two-year stint. In the 2013-14 season, she was a member of the 1V4+, helping the Hawkeyes bring home a sixth-place finish in the Big Ten Championship and finishing fifth in the 1V4+.
In 2014-15, Armstrong joined the 2V8+ for all 10 regattas during the season helping the team finish second at the B1G/Big 12 Challenge. She also helped the team to a sixth-place finish, the second-highest scoring performance at the Big Ten Championships in program history, and the highest since 2003.
Armstrong graduated from Iowa in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in sport and recreation management and a certificate in Entrepreneurial Management. In 2018, Armstrong received her master’s degree in physical education from Old Dominion.
|THE ARMSTRONG FILE|
|Alma Mater: Iowa, 2015|
|Hometown: Tipton, Iowa|
|2018-Present, Kansas (Assistant Coach)|
|2017-18, Old Dominion (Assistant Coach)|
|2016, Old Dominion (Graduate Assistant)|