Aug 16, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Navy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced today (Aug. 16) the hiring of Shawn Bagnall as lightweight rowing head coach. Bagnall comes to the Naval Academy after spending the last three years as an assistant coach with the Syracuse University men's rowing team.
"I couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to be the head coach of the Naval Academy lightweight rowing team," said Bagnall. "One of the biggest motivators for me in wanting this position is knowing the type of student-athletes that are here at the Naval Academy and the respect I have for what they will be doing after graduation. I'm also looking forward to working with the entire Navy rowing coaching staff."
While at Syracuse, Bagnall 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, his 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.
Bagnall also has significant experience and success on the international level, as 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- boats at the 2012 and '13 Under-23 World Championships.
Prior to Syracuse, Bagnall served for eight years at Gonzaga University where he worked as the men's freshman/novice coach, junior varsity coach and recruiting coordinator. At Gonzaga, Bagnall was integral to helping the freshman/novice program reach several milestones. 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.
Bagnall's coaching career began at his alma mater, Washington State University, where he 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.
Bagnall, a 1999 graduate of WSU, enjoyed a successful career as a varsity rower from 1996-99. As team captain, he was an All-Pacific-10 Conference selection in 1998. He received his bachelor's degree in psychology from WSU and completed his master's degree in sport and athletic administration at Gonzaga in 2009.