Taylor Ruden Hired as Women's Rowing Assistant Coach
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Third-year Navy women's rowing head coach Joe Schlosberg announced on Monday that Taylor Ruden would be hired as an assistant coach with the program. Familiar with the team after serving in a volunteer role during the 2016-17 season, Ruden will join the staff of Schlosberg and Jessica Mahon in a full-time role. A collegiate coxswain at Indiana University, Ruden will continue to share her knowledge with Navy's coxswains, while helping coach the entire fleet of Navy female rowers.
"I'm so grateful for the opportunity Coach Schlosberg has given me and beyond excited to get to work with this dedicated staff and team," remarked Ruden. "The Naval Academy is filled with tremendous young men and women and I am very privileged to be able to work with a small group of them on a daily basis. I truly believe in the vision Joe has set forth for this program and can't wait to begin putting in the work."
In her first season with the Mids, Ruden helped the program to its fifth Patriot League Championship title in May with victories by its 2V8 and V4 boats and a second-place result by the team's V8 crew. The conference title automatically qualified Navy for the 2017 NCAA Championship, the fourth such bid in program history. At the national meet, the Mids finished 20th as a team with its V4 boat finishing a team-high 19th.
"It's absolutely wonderful to be able to bring Taylor on full-time," remarked Schlosberg. "She is a fantastic coach for the program to land. She is passionate about this sport and this team. Taylor has already shown herself to be an incredibly hard worker and has developed a lot as a coach in the past year and we are thrilled for the future."