Aug. 6, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin women's openweight rowing team has brought on Nancy LaRocque as an assistant coach, head coach Bebe Bryans announced on Tuesday.
"This is such a great a program with a long-standing history," LaRocque said of Wisconsin, "and I am really excited to work with the rest of the coaching staff and get going on next season."
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. "Nancy brings a love of teaching rowing to Wisconsin," Bryans said.
"She loves to teach and she loves rowing. She's passionate about teaching people how to row at this level and that's a gift for us. She's the perfect person for this position."
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.
With LaRocque's addition to the program as coach of the frosh women, Megan Cooke Carcagno now becomes the assistant varsity coach.