Rowing names two new assistants

BY DI STAFF | JULY 27, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa rowing team announced the hiring of two new assistant coaches on Tuesday.

Beth Redfearn will join the Hawkeyes after coaching at Mount Holyoke College the past two seasons.
Redfearn was a member of Wisconsin's rowing team from 2001-05 and earned a Big Ten gold medal in 2002. The Badger cocaptain and coxswain also earned bronze medals in 2004 and 2005.

"I am thrilled to return to the Big Ten and be part of such a great institution and campus community at Iowa," she said in a release. "When I first visited campus, I was so impressed with the top-level facilities and all the support surrounding the rowing program."

Joining Redfearn on the Iowa staff will be former Indiana graduate assistant Courtney Valerious.

The former Hoosier (2003-07) was a strength and conditioning coach at Indiana, and she has worked at Great Lakes Naval Base to train Navy SEAL candidates.

"I am excited to add Courtney and Beth to the Hawkeye rowing staff," head coach Mandy Kowal said in a release. "Their Big Ten experience, along with their energy and excitement for the sport of rowing, will definitely affect the student-athletes.

"We will benefit greatly from what they will bring to the program — most notably, their strong desire to lead the Hawkeyes."

— by Seth Roberts

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