Shawn Bagnall will enter his first season as head coach of the lightweight rowing team in 2013-14 after spending the prior three years as an assistant coach with the Syracuse University men's rowing team.
As Syracuse Assistant Coach:
Worked primarily with the freshman crews in addition to serving as the program's recruiting coordinator ... Under Bagnall's tutelage, several freshmen rowers advanced to the first or second varsity boats ... In 2012, the varsity crew included two members of Bagnall's freshman boat from the previous year; the duo helped the Orange take fifth at the IRA National Championships, which was the program's best finish in 22 years ... In 2011, he guided his freshman crew to a 10th-place finish at the Eastern Sprints and helped the varsity boat take ninth at the IRA National Championships.
As Gonzaga Freshman/Novice Coach:
Served for eight years as the men's freshman/novice coach, junior varsity coach and recruiting coordinator ... Bagnall led the Bulldogs freshman/novice four to a Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) championship in 2010 ... He also guided the freshman eight to 13th and 15th-place finishes, respectively, at the 2008 and 2009 IRA Regattas ... In 2006, Bagnall helped the freshman eight claim its first bid to the IRA Regatta.
As Washington State Club Coach:
Took over the club program's top spot in 2000 ... At the helm of the Cougars, he helped improve the competition level and athlete retention rates for the club sport program.
Since 2011 he has worked as an assistant coach with the U.S. Under-23 Women's National Team ... Bagnall helped the women's 8+ boat to consecutive gold medals at the 2012 and `13 U-23 World Championships ... He also served as head coach of the women's 4- and 2- at the 2012 and '13 Under-23 World Championships.
Enjoyed a successful career as a varsity rower from 1996-99 ... As team captain, he was an All-Pacific-10 Conference selection in 1998
Received his bachelor's degree in psychology from WSU in 1999 and completed his master's degree in sport and athletic administration at Gonzaga in 2009