HANOVER, N.H. – Head women’s rowing coach Wendy Bordeau has completed her staff by naming Kelly Harris and Grace Hollowell assistant coaches. Harris has coached a number of strong programs, such as Bucknell and Louisville, while Hollowell is going into her fourth season with the Dartmouth women’s team.
Bordeau is beginning her second stint at the helm of the Big Green program. She led Dartmouth from 2005-14 before spending three years as a Senior Associate Athletics Director.
“I am thrilled to welcome Kelly to our staff,” Bordeau said. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from over 15 years coaching our sport in competitive programs. On top of that, as an accomplished ultra-marathoner, she embodies the toughness and work ethic we strive to instill in our athletes. Kelly will be a critical piece of the leadership that rebuilds this program.”
Harris comes to Hanover from Bucknell, where she served as the assistant rowing coach from 2013-16 before becoming the student-athlete development assistant. While working with the rowing team, the Bison were first in the second varsity at the 2016 Patriot League Championship, winning a gold medal in the event for the first time since 2011.
From 2007-13, Harris was head coach at Marietta, helping lead the Pioneers to the Division III Rowing Championship two years in a row. The team was Mid-Atlantic Conference team champion in 2011 and 2012 and Harris was named the MAC Coach of the Year three times (2010-12). She also served as the interim assistant coach at Louisville (2014).
“I couldn’t be more excited and ready to begin this next chapter of growth and speed for Dartmouth women’s rowing,” Harris said. “I want to thank Wendy Bordeau and Brian Austin for the opportunity to work relentlessly to get the program back to the top of the Ivy League. Wendy’s evident passion and energy for this sport are contagious. I am truly grateful and humbled to be embarking on this new journey alongside Wendy and Grace, and I look forward to helping build the next phase of championship success for the Big Green.”
Hollowell is entering her fourth season at Dartmouth in 2017-18. Since arriving in Hanover, she has been responsible for the varsity 4s and the third varsity 8 crews, both of which earned silver medals at the 2015 Sprints. She also leads recruiting efforts, organizes and executes junior days, and schedules off-campus evaluations and official/unofficial visits.
“Grace has built tremendous trust and respect with the women on our team,” Bordeau said. “She is committed to making Dartmouth rowing the best it can be, both through coaching and recruiting. She is open-minded and eager to try a new approach. I’m excited that she will remain with us as we reshape the program.
Before arriving in the Upper Valley, Hollowell served as the assistant lightweight coach at Boston University. In just a year, she helped lead the newly-formed program to a top-four finish at the IRA Regatta and assisted in growing the squad to a team of more than 35 women in the span of two years. Hollowell graduated from Harvard in 2010 with a degree in social anthropology and earned her master’s in exercise and sport studies from Smith in 2013.
“I am excited to get back out on the water with the team and build on the hard work we’ve put in over the last few years,” Hollowell said. “The incoming class will be a great addition to the boathouse and I look forward to seeing where the seniors’ leadership can help take us.”