PRINCETON, N.J. – The USRowing Board of Directors elected new officers on March 22 including a Husky alumnus, Erin O’Connell (’96), who was chosen as the organization’s first female president. O’Connell was one of three women who were elected to the board at its meeting in Tampa, Fla.
O’Connell has previously served as the Women’s Vice Chair and an At-Large Representative since joining the board in 2010.
She is currently the Director of Athletics and the Senior Woman’s Administrator at Seattle Pacific University.
"I am honored to assume the role of president of the USRowing Board of Directors,” said O’Connell. “As a board, we are charged with executing the USRowing mission statement, to provide ongoing opportunities to achieve excellence in rowing in the United States. We'll continue to work with Glenn (Merry, USRowing CEO) to ensure the organization moves forward in a healthy capacity with an eye towards Rio, while concurrently looking to enrich domestic rowing opportunities."
While coxing at the UW O’Connell lettered three times in 1994, 1995 and 1996. Her senior year she was elected team captain and was also selected to the All-Pac-10 team. She saw three crews win Pac-10 championships as well as a bronze medal at NCAAs.
O’Connell also served as the Husky’s assistant coach, working with the women’s varsity 4 that won consecutive Pac-10 championships from 1999-2001.