A familiar face to Wisconsin women’s lightweight rowing returns to Lake Mendota, as Dusty Mattison takes over the program as a first-year varsity lightweight coach.
Mattison has a long and successful history as a Badger, with all five of Wisconsin’s varsity lightweight eight national titles (2004-06, 2008-09) and six consecutive Eastern Sprints lightweight eight titles (2005-10) coming with her serving as novice lightweight coach. The St. Paul, Minnesota, native held that post from 2002 through 2010. She spent the prior year, 2001-02, as a volunteer assistant novice lightweight coach after earning her degree in art history in 2001.
Mattison, formerly Darley, rowed for the Badgers from 1997 through 2001, serving as team captain her senior season and winning the team MVP award as a junior. That junior season, she helped the team capture its first Head of the Charles, San Diego Crew Classic and Eastern Sprints lightweight eight titles. The boat also placed second at the 2000 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships, the school’s highest finish at the event up until that point. A three-time All-Academic rower, Mattison helped the Badgers achieve their first No. 1 ranking when the lightweight eight earned the honor in 1999.
Both her coaching and racing accomplishments were recognized by the UW lightweight program in 2009, when a racing shell was named in her honor.
Since 2010 when she left the UW rowing program, Mattison spent her time in the fitness world in Madison, serving as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. She took on the role of general manager for Monkey Bar Gymnasium for just over two and a half years until January of 2013, when she became a corporate and community wellness account coordinator at Orange Shoe Personal Fitness.