Williams' tabs Maloney as next coach
Six-time defending national champions welcome new leader
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Williams has won six consecutve NCAA Championships under three different head coaches and if the Ephs extend their record string of NCAA titles next spring to seven it will be under the fourth head coach in that span.
Williams Athletic Director Lisa Melendy announced today that Kate Maloney, an assistant women's crew coach at Yale and former U.S. Olympic rower, has been hired as the head coach of the Eph women's team, replacing interim head coach Brad Hemmerly.
"Kate Maloney comes with a strong background in rowing as a member of many U. S. National Teams, culminating in her membership on the 2000 Olympic Rowing Team," noted Melendy. "For the past eight seasons Kate has been an assistant coach in the Yale Women's Crew Program and comes highly recommended by many in the world of rowing. The search committee was impressed by her enthusiasm for the sport of rowing, her coaching experience, and her understanding of the role of rowing in the lives of our student athletes."
While at Yale Maloney served as the Bulldogs' recruiting coordinator and coached the novice women. Maloney's 2009 Yale crew won the Eastern Sprints title, a first for Yale since 1987. Maloney was named the 2007 CRCA New England Assistant Coach of the Year.
"I am extremely humbled and excited to be joining the Williams community," stated Maloney. "The dedication and work ethic of the women's rowing team is without parallel and I am eager to support and enhance their already proven track record! I look forward to being a part of a program that so obviously understands the balance between academics and athletics at Williams and is successful in combining both. Go Ephs!"
Maloney has served as a coach for the USRowing Junior National Team since 2004 and for the last two years under then Williams head coach Justin Moore. The 2009 US Rowing Junior National team competed at the FISA World Rowing Junior Championships in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France and captured an 8+ gold medal and a silver medal in 2010 in Racice, Czechoslovakia. This summer the USRowing Junior National Team will compete in Eton, Great Britain.
Maloney has coached rowing at every level from high school to college to masters. Her collegiate coaching career began at Northeastern as the second assistant in 2002-03 working mostly with the third varsity before joining the Yale staff.
Additionally, Maloney has coached at Lake Union Crew in Seattle.
Maloney's first exposure to rowing came in 1992 when she joined Mt. Baker Rowing in Seattle. The next year she enrolled at the Washington and started an impressive string of four undefeated regular seasons and four Pac-10 Championships.
During the summers of her collegiate years Maloney competed with the U.S.A. National Team at the Nations Cup Regatta. In 1995 she won a bronze in the pair at Groningen, The Netherlands, and in 1996 she won a gold in the straight four at Hazewinkel, Belgium.
Maloney moved on to the U.S.A. Senior National Team and began racing at the World Championships. In 1997 she raced in the 4-, and in 1998 she was in the USA 8+ that won a silver medal in Cologne, Germany. In 1999 again she won a silver medal with the USA 8+ in St. Catharine's, Ontario. Finally, Maloney finished her competitive racing career at the Sydney 2000 Olympics where she rowed in the USA 8+.
Maloney graduated from the Washington in 2001 with degrees in art history and anthropology.