Joe Schlosberg Announced as Women’s Rowing Head Coach
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Joe Schlosberg, a 14-year member of the nationally-ranked University of Notre Dame women’s rowing program, was announced on Thursday as the new head women’s rowing coach at Navy by Chet Gladchuk, Naval Academy Director of Athletics. Schlosberg comes to Annapolis after serving as the associate head coach of a Fighting Irish program that has competed at the NCAA Championships in each of the past four years.
“We knew if would be a challenge to hire a coach who could continue the outstanding legacy of our highly successful head coach Mike Hughes. However, with careful evaluation and patience, we have brought to Annapolis one of the finest coaching talents in the nation,” said Gladchuk. “Joe is a great fit for the Academy in many ways. In addition to being competitively successful with the women’s program at Notre Dame for many years as the Associate Head Coach, he has proven to be philosophically aligned with Academy values and expectations regarding leadership development and educational priorities. We welcome a stellar addition to our team, a wonderful family man, and a role model for our Midshipmen.”
"I first want to congratulate Mike Hughes on his successful tenure here at the Naval Academy and wish him the very best in his retirement,” said Schlosberg. “Throughout the interview process, I observed many parallels between Notre Dame and the Academy - most significantly, the commitment to serving a purpose bigger than one's self. I feel incredibly fortunate to have been given the opportunity by Mr. Gladchuk to lead this motivated group of women and I am excited to get started with the team shortly."
Notre Dame’s associate head coach for the last seven seasons, Schlosberg has shown himself to be a consistent winner. During his 14 total years at Notre Dame, Schlosberg was part of a coaching staff that saw 26 different Fighting Irish crews win gold medals at conference championship regattas and capture 10 straight BIG EAST Conference team titles from 2004-13. Individually, Schlosberg guided 17 of those 26 crews beginning with his first title in 2002 as the leader of the varsity four boat. Notre Dame’s athletic department changed conference affiliation prior to the 2014 school year and Schlosberg and Fighting Irish started competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference against stalwart national programs, Virginia, Syracuse and Louisville. In each of Notre Dame’s first two years in the ACC, the team finished in second place in the conference’s year-end championship.
Schlosberg and Notre Dame’s success on the conference level carried over into strong results on the national scene, as the Fighting Irish qualified for and competed six times at the NCAA Championships since 2006, including the past four seasons. Beginning with a ninth-place finish in the program’s first-ever appearance in 2006, Notre Dame twice finished ranked amongst the top-10. Taking on a field of 22 teams in 2014, Schlosberg and the Fighting Irish equaled its 2006 result with a ninth-place finish. At that championship, all three Notre Dame boats qualified for petite final action for the first time in team history with Schlosberg’s varsity four crew finishing in 12th place.
As a result of Notre Dame’s success in 2014, Schlosberg and fellow Fighting Irish assistant Marnie Stahl were recognized as the 2014 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association South Region Staff of the Year.
A 2000 graduate from Northwestern University with a degree in mechanical engineering, Schlosberg was a four-year member of the Wildcats’ crew team from 1996-2000. Following graduation, he spent one year on Northwestern’s staff assisting with both the men’s and women’s rowing programs before heading to South Bend and beginning work with Notre Dame’s women’s team for the next 14 years. Schlosberg was the Fighting Irish’s second assistant coach from September 2001 through June 2006 before being elevated to first assistant for two years from July 2006 until June 2008.
Schlosberg is replacing Mike Hughes, who retired earlier this summer after 24 years at the Naval Academy and 18 years at the helm of the women’s rowing program. This past spring, Hughes and the Mids won the 2015 Patriot League title and competed in the NCAA Championship for the second time in program history. The team finished 21st at the championship and ended the year receiving votes in the CRCA / USRowing Coaches Poll. Navy is slated to return 14 members from its three 2015 NCAA Championship crews.