After a busy offseason, Seattle University Men’s Crew is happy to announce Nichole Martin will be helming the coaching staff for the 2017-2018 season.
Serving as the Men’s Novice Team coach since 2015, Martin is well versed with rowing in the state of Washington. A varsity coxswain while a student at Washington State University, Martin now balances her time between Seattle U and Lake Union Crew, where she oversees their Master’s program.
Martin will be taking over the role from Aidan Hennessey, who stepped down from Varsity Head Coach after two years. Hennessey played an indispensable role in growing Seattle U Men’s Crew, an effort which culminated in a fourth-place finish in the Men’s Lightweight Varsity 4 at the 2017 ACRAs.
On transitioning to Varsity, Martin beamed, “I am so excited to be able to coach [these] guys as varsity. We have some speed on this team; I can’t wait to see what we can do this year.”
Continuing a tradition started in seasons past, Martin plans to have the Varsity team participate in mixed workouts with the Novice Team at least once a week. These practices not only give the teams a chance to interact but also for the Novice to see experienced rowers in action as they learn the basics of the sport.
Staying in-house to fill the role of head coach has been a huge boon for Men’s Crew, and Martin, as well as the rest of the team, are eager see where the year will take them.