Aug. 5, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Todd Vogt will join the Wisconsin lightweight rowing team as an assistant coach, head women’s rowing coach Bebe Bryans announced Monday.
Vogt comes to the Badgers from the University of Portland, where he served as the Pilots’ assistant coach last season and led the team’s novices. Prior to that, Vogt was an assistant at D-III Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., from 2011-12 and at Williamette University in Salem, Ore., from 2009-11, helping the Bearcat women to a No. 12 national ranking.
“I’m very excited to be here. This is an excellent opportunity for me,” Vogt said of coming to Wisconsin. “To be at a school that has such an excellent coaching staff, is so well regarded and well-resourced and has a huge tradition of success is something I’m really looking forward to.”
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Vogt also has significant club coaching experience. He was the head coach for the Portland Women’s Rowing Club (2011-12) and spent his past few summers as a coach at both the Pennsylvania Athletic Club and the Craftsbury Sculling Center in Vermont. While at the Pennsylvania Athletic Club, the lightweight eight boat Vogt coached won at the USRowing Club Nationals.
“Todd has a lot of good experience coaching women,” Bryans said. “He’s coached juniors, masters and collegiate rowing, so he’s done it all. Being the freshman coach, having that experience with juniors is critical.”
Vogt began his coaching career in 2005 as an assistant with Lake Oswego Community Rowing in Portland, where he worked with both juniors and masters rowers. He rowed at the University of Buffalo for four years and with the West Side Rowing Club in Buffalo (1997-00) and the Portland Boat Club (2000-2013) following his collegiate career.
Vogt will serve and re-unite with UW lightweight head coach Lisa Schlenker. The two previously coached together at Lake Oswego Community Rowing during Vogt’s time there.