Oct. 31, 2011
SEATTLE - Husky men's crew assistant coach Lucas McGee was named USRowing's U-23 coordinator for 2012, the organization announced Monday.
The position, which rotates every two years, is responsible for identifying and selecting high-performance athletes for the U-23 program. According to a USRowing release, the position involves working with collegiate and club coaches, along with the senior national team, throughout the selection process.
For McGee, this is a chance to reintroduce himself to a familiar atmosphere with USRowing and help prepare American rowers for the rigors of international duty.
"As a coach it's a great opportunity for me to broaden my experiences. It's humbling to be asked by USRowing to take this position," McGee said. "The atmosphere we try to create at Washington is one of guys pushing themselves to another level, and this position offers me a chance to do that on the coaching level."
In four years at Washington, McGee has achieved a tremendous level of success with the freshmen program. The Grunties (as UW freshmen rowers are known) won back-to-back gold medals in 2009 and 2010, along with silver medals in 2008 and 2011. Two years ago, McGee's freshmen boat traveled to London and won the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, a first for the UW program.
"I'm really pleased that Luke will be able to help us out in this role," said Matt Imes, USRowing High Performance Director, in the release. "We really want to strengthen our connection with the colleges and clubs in establishing staffs for the camps and subsequent world under 23 championships. Along with this, we want to create good development opportunities for athletes with national team aspirations. Luke's success as a coach and athlete fits well with this role."
Before coming to Washington, McGee was a regular on the US national team, having competed as a junior, U-23 member and with the senior organization. He won a gold medal at the 2003 World Championships in Milan in the men's four plus coxswain, and was twice a medalist as a U-23 rower, including gold at the 1999 World Championships.