Aug. 5, 2013
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Andrew Jennette
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - UCF head rowing coach Becky Cramer announced changes to her coaching staff on Monday as Conny Kirsch and Megan Mitchell were named assistant coaches. Kirsch will be the Knights' recruiting coordinator and lead varsity assistant while Mitchell will be in charge of UCF's novice program.
"I am excited for both of these coaches to be here and they are even more excited than I am to be here," Cramer said. "Megan just knows what it takes to win at UCF. She was a walk-on novice and worked her way all the way to team captain during her four-year career here. That kind of experience is going to be invaluable to our novice squad. Conny just has so much experience internationally and at Ohio State, Massachusetts and Indiana. She has many amazing recruiting connections already in place and she's won at the highest levels of the sport. It isn't every day when you can bring someone on with hall of fame credentials."
Kirsch joins the Knights from Indiana University where she spent the last five years as the recruiting coordinator and varsity assistant coach responsible for the development of the second Varsity Eight and Varsity Fours. For the last 6 years, Kirsch has also worked with the US Rowing Junior B Sculling Development in Saratoga, NY. There she developed young female athletes to refine their skills of sculling and educate and empower them to become successful athletes in the near future. She has also spent the past two winters coaching at the Orlando US Rowing Junior B Sculling Development Camp.
Kirsch was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in September of 2007 as the first rower in the history of the school to be honored.
Mitchell, an alumnus of the Knights' rowing program, comes back to UCF after also spending the last three years with the Hoosiers. There she served in the capacity of IU's Novice Coach. Mitchell went to Indiana University in 2010 after graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a Masters of Education in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration and serving as the Sooner's first Graduate Assistant Coach. At OU, Mitchell worked with the Novice squad and the Varsity 4+,
Prior to her time in Oklahoma, Mitchell's first collegiate coaching job was as the graduate assistant for her Alma Mater during the 2007-2008 seasons. At UCF, Mitchell worked primarily with the Novice squad throughout the year.