June 20, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Following a standout season that saw the program win its first EAWRC Sprints championship and finish second at the Patriot League Championship, the coaching staff of the Navy women’s rowing team recently earned recognition as the top unit in the Mid-Atlantic region by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). The trio of head coach Mike Hughes, assistant coach Sidney Thorsten and volunteer assistant coach Steve Root were honored for their work with the Mids.
In his 17th year as the head coach of the program, Hughes was directly responsible for the coaching of all varsity eight boats, while Thorsten, a first-year member of the staff, handled the teaching of technique to novices in the fall before working specifically with Navy’s varsity four boats in the spring championship season. After gaining experience with Thorsten in the fall, the novice rowers then came under the guidance of Root for spring competitions.
Under the leadership of Hughes, Thorsten and Root, the Navy rowing program finished first in 30 of 33 races that it competed in this spring. In regular season action, the Mids went 23 of 24, including a perfect 11-0 showing at the George Washington Invitational. Once the stakes were raised in the postseason, Navy continued to produce strong results as it won five of six events on its way to the EAWRC Sprints title and two of three at the Patriot League Championship to finish second overall.
The Navy coaching staff was one of five nationally to be honored by the CRCA. Other regional winners included, Indiana (Central Region), Notre Dame (South Region), UMass (New England Region) and Stanford (West Region).