Aug. 4, 2008
SEATTLE--- The University of Washington rowing program added a familiar face Monday, as Director of Rowing Bob Ernst announced the hiring of former Washington rower Nicole Minett (Borges) as assistant coach for the women's crew. Minett, who most recently coached the novice crew at Wisconsin, will work with the novice rowers and recruiting.
"Nicole is a Husky, that's the most important thing," said Ernst. "She has purple blood. She has a lot of coaching experience now and is a great recruiter and a great teacher. Washington and Wisconsin are similar in that they are both state schools that draw a lot of gifted athletes who were all-state performers in other sports and who chose the school for academic reasons. We take those athletes and make them into top-notch rowers. One of Nicole's main responsibilities will be to bring the new rowers up to speed."
Minett, a Toronto native, rowed for the Huskies from 1998-2001, earning All-Pac-10 honors in 2001. During her outstanding rowing career, Minett helped Washington to two national titles, rowing as part of the varsity four in 1998 and the varsity eight in 2001. She also won the Royal Henley Regatta in 2000 and helped the Huskies to four consecutive Pac-10 crowns.
In addition, Minett was a member of the Canadian national team in 2001 and 2002, rowing in both the eight and four. With the Canadian team, Minett competed in the World Championships in 2001 and in the World University Games in 2002.
In 2003, Minett joined the coaching staff at the University of Wisconsin, where she was hired as an assistant coach to the varsity women's crew. Midway through her first season, she assumed co-head coaching duties of the varsity squad when the head coach departed. Under Minett, the women's varsity made a return to the NCAA Championships after a four-year absence. The following season, Minett took over the novice rowing program, coaching her squads to an undefeated season in 2005-06 and a fourth-place NCAA finish in 2007. Minett's crews also won several Big Ten titles during her tenure at Wisconsin.
"I've always wanted to come back to Washington," said Minett. "This is my dream job. There's simply nowhere else I would want to coach at this point. I coach rowing because I want to give young women the same experiences I had as a Husky rower. Rowing at Washington was the best experience of my life and I am honored to have the opportunity to come back and represent the school I came from."
Minett and her husband, Charles, also a former Washington rower, will reside in Ballard.