In her first season with the Wisconsin women's rowing program, Nancy LaRocque will coach the Badger women's openweight frosh team.
LaRocque brings a wealth of coaching experience to the Badgers, having served eight seasons as a coach at the NCAA Division I level, most recently as an assistant during the 2009-10 season at Tennessee. Prior to that, she was the head coach at West Virginia from 2000-07, where she helped direct the Mountaineers move from a club program to the NCAA Division I level and then brought it to nationally-ranked status in just three years. Before joining West Virginia, LaRocque was an assistant for two seasons at Division III Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
The Dover, N.H., native rowed collegiately at the University of Massachusetts, where she won three consecutive Atlantic 10 championships and gold medals at the San Diego Crew Classic, New England Championships and the Champion International Collegiate Regatta. She was also a member of the Minutewomen varsity eight that placed second at the 1997 NCAA Championships and was a two-year captain for the squad.
LaRocque also has national-level rowing experience. From the summers of 1993-98 she was selected to participate in the U.S. Rowing Association's elite development programs, which identify and develop athletes for the national team. In 1995, she finished second in the quad at the trials for World Championships.
Outside of rowing, LaRocque has spent more than five years with Specialized Bicycle Components in human resources, as a recruiter and as an executive assistant to the founder.