Megan Patrick Named Loyola Rowing Head Coach
BALTIMORE - Megan Patrick, a veteran rowing coach with experience in the NCAA and the United Kingdom, has been named head coach of the Loyola University Maryland men’s and women’s rowing teams.
“I am thrilled to welcome Coach Patrick to the Loyola University Maryland Athletics family,” said Woodruff, Loyola’s assistant vice president and director of athletics. “Megan’s impressive coaching background combined with her commitment to student-athlete development and appreciation for Loyola’s core values make her the ideal candidate to lead the young men and women of our rowing team.”
Patrick spent the 2016-2017 season as an assistant women’s rowing coach at the University of Iowa where she helped the Hawkeyes to their first NCAA Championships berth since 2001. Previously, she was an assistant women’s coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Alabama and an intern coach at the University of Virginia.
Following her collegiate rowing experience at Princeton University, Patrick studied, competed and coached in the United Kingdom at Oxford University. At Loyola, Patrick will oversee all facets of the Greyhounds’ program.
“When I first started researching Loyola, two words came up again and again: integrity and service,” Patrick said. “It is an honor and a privilege to join a university where these values are at the forefront. I am very eager to begin working with Loyola's dedicated coaching staff and with student athletes who have such strong character and values.
“At its core, rowing is the epitome of creating a product that is more than the sums of its parts. With Loyola's united men's and women's program we have the unique opportunity to allow the strengths of each squad to enhance the success of the whole. I would like to thank Donna Woodruff and Chris Archacki for this exciting opportunity to lead the next chapter in Loyola Rowing.”
Patrick directed Iowa’s novice rowing program last season and was part of a Hawkeyes team that scored a program-best 116 points at the Big Ten Championships.
Prior to joining the staff at Iowa, Patrick coached at Alabama from August 2011-July 2016 where she was the Crimson Tide’s varsity fours coach and recruiting coordinator. Alabama’s varsity four earned a silver medal at the 2016 Big 12 Conference Championships, the first conference medal in an NCAA boat classification.
The native of the Pittsburgh area had her first NCAA coaching experience in 2011 as a member of the staff at Virginia where she worked as an intern coach with the women’s first varsity eights, second varsity eights and novices, while also assisted with the men’s team, guiding the varsity 4+ and novice 4+.
Patrick spent eight years in England at Oxford where she earned four degrees, competed for the boat clubs and made her first foray into coaching. She was the women’s coach of the St. Hugh’s College Boat Club at Oxford in 2005 and 2010, and she directed the men’s team from 2006-2009. She also served as an assistant coach from 2006-2009 for the Oxford University Women’s Boat Club.
While pursuing her graduate studies in England, Patrick continued her competition. She coxed for the Oxford men in the Isis-Goldie race, twice coxed the Oxford women’s Blue Boat to victory, and set the women’s boat race-course record. On the Henley race course, Patrick has gone off the starting line nearly 20 times, reaching the finals of the Ladies’ Plate with Princeton, the semifinals of the Britannia Cup with Oxford, the semifinals of the Temple Cup with Oxford Brookes University. With the Oxford women’s team, she raced in the Remenham Cup and won the Henley Women’s Regatta.
Patrick first participated in the sport as an undergraduate at Princeton University where she was a coxswain with the men’s heavyweight team from 1998-2001. With the Tigers, she was a three-time Eastern Sprints champion and helped set the Varsity Eight course record her senior year. She earned two silver medals and a bronze at the IRA Championships.
Patrick graduated from Princeton with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2001. At Oxford, she earned a master’s degree in linguistics, a master’s in psychology, and doctorate in Education. She also completed a master’s in publishing from Oxford Brookes University.