Conny Kirsch, a former All-American rower at Ohio State, is in her first year as an assistant coach.
Kirsch rowed for the German National Team from 1995-1998, taking first in the Junior World Championships in the quad in 1995 and in the double in 1997. She took second in the quad in 1996 and second in the double in the 1998 Under-23 Nations Cup.
Kirsch came to the United States in 1998, when she joined the Ohio State rowing team. She was named First Team All-American and Big Ten Athlete of the Year in 2002. Her Buckeye varsity eight finished fourth that season at the NCAA Championship. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 with a B.A. in psychology and women's studies. She also earned a master's in counselor education from The Ohio State University in 2006.
After her rowing career, she coached for the Greater Columbus (Ohio) Rowing Association, while doing an internship counseling urban youth in Columbus, Ohio. She also worked for athlete support services at Ohio State, where she worked closely with at-risk student-athletes to develop individual achievement plans.
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