Nov. 6, 2012
SEATTLE - Men's crew head coach Michael Callahan announced today that first assistant coach Lucas McGee is joining USRowing as a full-time member of the national team coaching staff. McGee has spent the last five years coaching the freshman at UW and serving as the program's recruiting coordinator. Under McGee, the UW freshmen have won three IRA Gold Medals (2009,10,12) and two Silver Medals (2008 and 2011). Last Spring, his freshman team went undefeated in the regular season, winning the gold at the Pac-12 Championships prior to winning gold at the IRA Championships. Additionally, his boats have won the prestigious Temple Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2010 and 2012.
McGee has been working as the coordinator for U-23 National team since October of 2011, and earlier this past summer held a development/selection camp for the team out of Conibear Shellhouse. Nine Huskies were selected to compete for the U-23 team at the World Rowing Championships in Lithuania last July, with five of them earning a gold medal in the M8+race on a team coached by McGee.
McGee will follow a long line of Washington coaches that have gone on to work with the US National and Olympic Teams --a list that includes Ky Ebright, Rusty Callow, Al Ulbrickson, Stan Pocock, Jane Harville, Lori Dauphiny and current UW women's coach Bob Ernst. Through its legion of Olympic and US National Team athletes and coaches, Washington has arguably contributed to the US National Team more than any other institution.
"I am incredibly grateful for all Luke has done for the program at UW, and I am confident he will succeed in his new endeavor," said Callahan. "I also see his departure as a compliment to the Husky Crew program and its ability to not only produce Olympic caliber oarsmen, but coaches as well. Luke's work here has been instrumental in helping us build a culture of winning. He will not only bring technical skill, but a great level of professionalism and enthusiasm to the National Team."
McGee calls his time at Washington "amazing", and is thankful for the chance to work with Callahan and be a part of this program and this university.
"I will always be grateful to Michael for giving me the opportunity to coach at the University of Washington and will always be proud of my time spent coaching the fine men and women here," said McGee. "Michael has been a great person to work with and to learn from over the past five years. I would also like to thank the UW Athletic Department for their tremendous support and all of the Husky Alums who make working for this university so special."
He also views his experience working with the athletes and coaches at UW as a special one, and credits Washington for preparing him for this next phase in his coaching career.
"The great coaches and motivated student-athletes have made this an incredibly rewarding and very special part of my coaching career," said McGee. "The opportunity to join USRowing as the US Men's 8+ Coach and US Under-23 Coordinator has come as a result of the experiences gained and the successes earned over my last five years at the University of Washington. Lessons learned through the professionalism of the coaching staff and the excitement generated by the athletes will serve me well as I help to prepare our country's athletes for the 2016 Olympic Games. "
McGee will begin his new duties with USRowing after Thanksgiving.
Callahan is certain that Washington will continue the tradition of developing elite coaches, and looks forward to what a new coach will bring to an already disciplined and enthusiastic shellhouse.
"Every coach brings different strengths to the position," said Callahan. "We have great people in the shellhouse and I'm excited about the future."