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Katie Thurstin
Position: Assistant Coach
Phone: 515-271-1831
Email: katie.thurstin@drake.edu

Katie Thurstin was hired as assistant rowing coach at Drake University on July 31, 2013.

Thurstin served as the head coach of Denver University’s club rowing team this past year where she collaborated with university administrators and students to establish the school’s first-ever rowing club.

“Katie has a wealth of rowing knowledge and training,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “I’m excited for her to join our program and the Drake athletic department. She was instrumental in starting the Denver program, which takes a lot of work and is very instrumental in our sport. She will help set an example to the girls on properly balancing being a student-athlete.”

The Egan, Minn., native was a member of the University of Minnesota rowing team for two seasons and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in global studies and a minor in Spanish from Minnesota. Thurstin holds a US Rowing Level II certification and was a member, private lessons instructor and an advanced program coach for the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club from 2004-2013.

“I’m excited to join the Drake family,” said Thurstin. “I’m thrilled to be back in the Midwest and work with Charlie and the girls towards building a championship team.”

Thurstin will be in charge of the Drake novice team, while assisting with the day-to-day operations of the entire program and the recruitment of student-athletes.