A national team and All-American rower, Megan Cooke is in her third season as part of the Wisconsin coaching staff.
Cooke's first year as a Badger went about as well as the rest of her rowing career. After just her first year as a college coach, she was named the 2009 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
She directed the UW novice crews to Big Ten titles in the novice eight and second novice eight events in 2009. The novice eight also took first in the NCAA Central Regional regatta.
Cooke picked up where she left off in 2010, helping the UW novice crews to their fifth and eighth Big Ten titles, respectively, on the way to a Big Ten Championship crown for Wisconsin openweight rowing. She also directed the novice eight to a win in the grand final and the second novice eight to a win in the petite final at the NCAA Central/South Sprints this past May.
Cooke's prior coaching experience spans six years following her graduation from California. Most recently, she coached masters rowers at Carnegie Lake Rowing Association, USRowing's Club of the Year.
She spent her first year out of Cal as assistant frosh coach for the Bears, while also coaching the Oakland Strokes, Inc., and at Marin Rowing Association during the 2002-03 season. Cooke moved on to New Jersey to train with the U.S. national team, all the while giving private instruction to numerous high school athletes in the region.
As a rower at Cal, Cooke twice earned First-Team All-American honors to go along with a pair of first-team all-region and First-Team All-Pac 10 accolades. Co-captain as a junior and senior, she helped the varsity eight to third at the 2002 NCAA Championships and fourth at the 2000 event.
A Los Gatos, Calif, native, Cooke spent four years with the U.S. national team from 2004-07. As part of the 2006 U.S. World Champion women's eight, she helped establish a world record for Team USA. A 2006 Henley-on-Thames champion, she also won a gold medal at the 2006 Lucerne World Cup in the women's pair and a silver in the women's four without coxswain at the 2001 World Under-23 Championships.
Cooke earned a bachelor's of arts degree in psychology from California in 2002.