Coach-Con Class of 2014

Adam Askham is in his first year as the assistant men’s rowing coach at Marietta College in 2013-14.

Askham comes to Marietta after serving as the head girls coach at Farmington (Conn.) High School during the 2012-13 school year.

Following his time at Farmington, Ashkam spent this summer as the first assistant in the Competitive Junior Women’s Summer Program at Penn AC Rowing Club in Philadelphia.

He started his coaching career as the head rowing coach at Glastonbury (Conn.) High School. He spent four and a half years at Glastonbury taking its rowing program from the bottom of the league to a state championship in 2011.

While working with the Connecticut General Assembly Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee during the spring of 2012, Askham worked as a volunteer assistant coach at Simsbury (Conn.) High School.

A four-year varsity letter winner in rowing at Washington College, Askham earned a bachelors degree in History in 2007. He holds a Level III Coaching Certification from USRowing.


Josh Adam enters his third season as an assistant women’s rowing coach at Washington State, after a two-year stint at Indiana University.

Adam began coaching at his alma mater, Seattle Pacific University, in 2000 where he acted as an assistant varsity and head novice coach for the men’s and women’s teams through 2002. Following his time at SPU, Adam was the head men’s novice coach at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., from 2003-05. While in Portland, he was also the head master’s women’s coach at Station L Rowing Club from 2004-05.

From 2005-08 Adam was the volunteer assistant and graduate assistant coach for the University of Minnesota women’s rowing team.

Outside of collegiate and master’s rowing, Adam has coached lightweight and openweight women for the U.S. National team. He coached the U23 LW2x at the U23 World Championship in Strathclyde, Scotland in 2007. During the summer of 2008, Adam served as the head coach for the development camp and coached the U23 LW2x at the U23 World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany. In 2009, he led an U.S. National Pre-Elite group out of Indiana University. During the summer of 2011, Adam coached the US Women’s National Team Under-23 Scullers.

An athlete himself, Adam rowed for four years at Seattle Pacific University, and participated in pre-elite rowing camps at Lake Washington Rowing Club in 1998 and Nereid Rowing Club in 2000.

Adam earned a B.A. in both history and Christian education with a minor in European studies from Seattle Pacific University in 2000 before going on to earn his master’s degree in sports and exercise science at the University of Minnesota in 2008.


Taylor Black is in his first year as assistant coach for the Dartmouth Lightweight Men. Black, a former rowing captain at Cornell recently graduated from the Big Red program in 2013. Since graduation, Black has worked and coached at several rowing camps and clubs, including the CRI of Boston, Boston University Rowing, and the Cornell Rowing Camp.

Aside from his duties at Dartmouth, Black is enrolled at the Institute of Rowing Leadership in Boston.


Andrew Blum is in his first season as men’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Bates College Rowing Team.

Prior to coming to Bates, Blum served as a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Rhode Island women’s rowing program in 2012-13. While with URI, he worked primarily with the varsity fours.

In 2011-12, Blum worked with the Rhode Island men’s rowing club, assisting with the team’s novice rowers.

A 2011 graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Blum earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education and writing and rhetoric from URI and also holds USRowing Coaching Certification at levels I and II.


Katie Bruggeling is in her first season as an assistant coach with the Clemson program.

Bruggeling works primarily with the student-athletes in the varsity boats. She leads the video analysis and technical review for the varsity group as well as assisting with recruiting.

The native of St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Clemson on May 10, 2013. The first-year coach spent the last four seasons (2010-2013) as a coxswain for the Tigers.


Bill Brumsted enters his second year as the intern assistant coach with the Cornell University Lightweight Rowing team. A native of Ithaca, NY, Brumsted began rowing in 2003, and rowed for Cornell from 2007 until 2010.

An Ithaca native, Brumsted comes from a long line of Cornell graduates, including his cousin, former Big Red basketball player Pete Call.


Megan Cooke Carcagno is in her sixth season as part of the Wisconsin coaching staff, but her first as varsity assistant coach. She spent her first five seasons at Wisconsin coaching the frosh squad.

A Los Gatos, Calif, native, Cooke Carcagno spent four years with the U.S. national team from 2004-07. As part of the 2006 U.S. World Champion women’s eight, she helped establish a world record for Team USA. While in Princeton, she provided private instruction to numerous high school athletes in the region.

Cooke Carcagno rowed for Cal, and was a co-captain as a junior and senior.
She spent her first year out of Cal as assistant frosh coach for the Bears, while also coaching the Oakland Strokes, Inc., and at Marin Rowing Association during the 2002-03 season.

Cooke Carcagno earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology from California in 2002.


Jenifer Forbes is in her first season as Assistant Coach of the Georgetown Women’s Rowing team. Prior to joining Georgetown, Forbes was in elite training at the Oklahoma City National High Performance Training Center. Forbes won a bronze medal in the Women’s Eight during the 2011 U23 World Rowing Championships.

Forbes began her coaching career teaching learn-to-row classes while still an athlete at Northeastern. While training in Oklahoma, she coached novice and intermediate rowers for the Oklahoma Riversport Corporate League. Forbes also assisted in coaching two aspiring paralympic rowers at the Oklahoma City National High Performance Training Center in 2013.

Forbes was a four-year member of the Varsity Eight at Northeastern University, and captained the team during her senior year. Forbes graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science in 2012.


Former Olympic rower Sarah McIlduff is in her second season as an assistant coach with the Louisville rowing program.

A three-year member of the USRowing national team, McIlduff rowed to a fourth-place finish in the women’s pair event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

A native of Itasca, Ill., McIlduff McIlduff is a 2009 graduate of Grand Valley State University, with a degree in health professions. She started her rowing career in 2005 at Grand Valley State.


Hugh McKeegan began his rowing career at Central Catholic High School (Pittsburg, PA), before attending Trinity College, where he rowed for four years.

After graduating, Hugh took a position at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA, teaching English and coaching boys’ crew.

In addition to coaching the men’s freshmen at GVSU, Hugh is working towards a Master’s Degree in English.


Samantha Sarff joined the NSU rowing staff in August 2012.

Prior to coming to NSU, Sarff coached for the club rowing team at the University of Florida from 2011-2012.

Sarff graduated from Central Florida in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. While at UCF, she was a member of the UCF women’s rowing team, team captain, co-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and a CRCA Scholar-Athlete.

Sarff is currently pursuing her master’s degree in athletic administration.


Allyson Zoppa, a 2008 UConn graduate, is in her fifth season as assistant coach of the UConn rowing program in 2012-2013. Zoppa was a four-year member of the Husky team.

A native of East Hartford, Conn., she earned her bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies with minors in English and psychology and her master’s degree in sport management.

At UConn, Zoppa works primarily with the novice/walk-on rowers. Outside of Uconn, she has coached rowers of all ages the past eight years at the Riverfront Recapture Program in Hartford.

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