Carrie Cook-Callen became the second head coach in Kansas rowing history after being named the head coach in June of 2017 following the retirement of Rob Catloth.
A former KU rower, Cook-Callen enters her sixth season as a member of the KU rowing coaching staff. A Kansas graduate who helped coach the University of Iowa into the top-20, was named an assistant coach for the Jayhawks’ rowing program on June 29, 2012.
Most recently in the 2016-17 season, Cook-Callen assisted in coaching Kansas’ varsity four rowers. Cook-Callen led the First Varsity Four and Second Varsity Four to fifth-place finishes at the Big 12 Championship.
Throughout the 2015-16 season, Cook-Callen coached Kansas’ First Varsity Four and Second Varsity Four to third-place finishes at the Big 12 Championship. The Second Varsity Four also earned Big 12 Boat of the Week honors, after going undefeated at the Knecht Cup.
With her guidance in 2014-15, the Jayhawks had a great showing setting up the First Varsity Eight to win the Sunflower Showdown with a Second Varsity Four win. The First Varsity Four and Second Varsity Four swept the competition at the Cardinal Invite, while they took third and fourth, respectfully, at the Big 12 Championship.
The 2013-14 season saw the varsity Jayhawk rowers claim nine first-place finishes. The First Varsity Four took first place in the Louisville Invite, Lake Natoma Invite, Big 12 Championship and the Sunflower Showdown.
Cook-Callen served as the graduate assistant and varsity assistant coach for the Iowa Hawkeyes’ rowing team from August 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 as one of the nation’s top-25. Fittingly, Cook-Callen was an Assistant Coach of the Year nominee for the 2011-12 season at Iowa.
In 2011-12, her last year with the Hawkeyes, Cook-Callen was the graduate assistant as she decided to pursue a Master of Business Administration, which she completed in 2014 at Kansas.
A 2006 KU graduate with a degree in business administration, Cook-Callen was a member of the Jayhawk rowing team from 2002-04 and earned Jayhawk Scholar Student-Athlete honors during her career. She then spent two years (2004-06) as a team manager for the KU rowing team.
Fresh out of college, Cook-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, Kansas, native also spent the summer of 2010 coaching at the US Rowing Freshman Camp.
|THE COOK-CALLEN FILE|
|Alma Mater: Kansas, 2006|
|Hometown: Garden City, Kansas|
|2017--Present, Kansas (Head Coach)|
|2012-16, Kansas (Assistant Coach)|
|2007-11, Iowa (Assistant Coach)|
|2006, Iowa (Graduate Assistant)|