Head Coach of Women's Crew
2-Part Interview on Rowing Related.com (Spring,
Kate Maloney was named the Ephs' women's head crew coach May 30, 2011. Maloney entering her second year, led the Ephs to the Division III National Championship in her first year as the Eph head coach (2012). The win in Maloney's debut season at Williams extended the Ephs' record win-streak at the NCAA Championships to seven and made her the fourth Eph head coach in that span to win the NCAA title.
Maloney, previously served as an assistant women's crew coach at Northeastern University, Yale University, and with the U.S. Junior National Women's Team and is a former U.S. Olympic rower.
led the Ephs to the 2012 New
England championship in her first year
"Kate Maloney comes with a strong background in rowing as a member of many U. S. National Teams, culminating in her membership on the 2000 Olympic Rowing Team," noted Melendy. "For the past eight seasons Kate has been an assistant coach in the Yale Women's Crew Program and comes highly recommended by many in the world of rowing. The search committee was impressed by her enthusiasm for the sport of rowing, her coaching experience, and her understanding of the role of rowing in the lives of our student athletes."
At Yale Maloney served as the Bulldogs' recruiting coordinator and coached the novice women. Maloney's 2009 Yale crew won the Eastern Sprints title, a first for Yale since 1987. Maloney was named the 2007 CRCA New England Assistant Coach of the Year.
"I am extremely humbled and excited to be joining the Williams community," stated Maloney. "The dedication and work ethic of the women's rowing team is without parallel and I am eager to support and enhance their already proven track record! I look forward to being a part of a program that so obviously understands the balance between academics and athletics at Williams and is successful in combining both. Go Ephs!"
Maloney has served as a coach for the U.S. Rowing Junior National Team since 2004 and for the last two years under then Williams head coach Justin Moore. The 2009 US Rowing Junior National team competed at the FISA World Rowing Junior Championships in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France and captured an 8+ gold medal and a silver medal in 2010 in Racice, Czech Republic. This summer the USRowing Junior National Team will compete in Eton, Great Britain.
Maloney has coached rowing at every level from high school to college to masters. Her collegiate coaching career began at Northeastern University as the second assistant in 2002-03 working mostly with the third varsity before joining the Yale staff.
Additionally, Maloney has coached at Lake Union Crew in Seattle.
Maloney's first exposure to rowing came in 1992 when she joined Mt. Baker Rowing in Seattle. The next year she enrolled at the University of Washington (UW) and started an impressive string of four undefeated regular seasons and four Pac-10 Championships.
During the summers of her collegiate years Maloney competed with the U.S.A. National Team at the Nations Cup Regatta. In 1995 she won a bronze in the pair at Groningen, The Netherlands, and in 1996 she won a gold in the straight four at Hazewinkel, Belgium.
Maloney moved on to the U.S.A. Senior National Team and began racing at the World Championships. In 1997 she raced in the 4-, and in 1998 she was in the USA 8+ that won a silver medal in Cologne, Germany. In 1999 again she won a silver medal with the USA 8+ in St. Catharine's, Ontario. Finally, Maloney finished her competitive racing career at the Sydney 2000 Olympics where she rowed in the USA 8+.
Maloney graduated from the University of Washington in 2001 with degrees in art history and anthropology.
Assistant Coach of Women's Crew
Meg Conan ’09, who rowed all four years for the Ephs and was a member of the first NCAA Division III team to win four consecutive NCAA Division III rowing crowns, returned to campus in the fall of 2010 to join Brad Hemmerly’s staff. The Eph streak of four NCAA titles in a row was extended to five in 2010 in California.
Conan was a walk-on rower at Williams who possessed no prior rowing experience. As a high school student in Skaneateles, NY, Conan competed in volleyball and tennis. Looking for a new challenge in college she found what she was looking for with the Williams crew. She ended her rowing career at 5 seat in the Varsity 8 and was elected Outstanding Senior Oarswoman by her teammates.
"I am thrilled that we’ve been able to get Meg involved with the program again,” said Hemmerly. “She is going to do a great job teaching, educating, and bringing our walk-on athletes along. I have complete confidence in her ability to patiently educate the future oarswomen of Williams Crew. Meg is also going to be able to help them to understand the high standards that this team holds year in and year out, standards that she has helped establish for the program as a rower."
Conan spent the past year training and racing in sprint triathlons (swimming, biking and running).
Conan earned a B.S. in psychology as a pre-med major and earned Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar-Athlete national team honors three times, along with being named Academic All-NESCAC twice.
As a junior Conan spent the fall semester studying in Copenhagen and the experience led her to focus her career goals on medical school and educational policies in special education after studying and observing health care systems throughout Scandinavia.
"Looking back on my experience at Williams, I learned so much on the lake, in a boat: nowhere are dedication, passion and persistence as tangible and nowhere can you find a group of people more motivated to accomplish together,” noted Conan. “I’m so excited to have the opportunity to work with such a driven and dedicated team. I can’t wait to return to a program that became such an integral part of my experience and one with such potential. The energy and enthusiasm of the members of this team have created countless opportunities to achieve and I am looking forward to continuing to foster that environment, that momentum. This team consistently demonstrates what is possible when people commit to one another, and I feel so lucky to become a part of that again!"