USRowing Announces Partnership with Drexel University | Sports Destination Management

USRowing Announces Partnership with Drexel University

Jan 09, 2017
Masters of Science in Sport Coaching Leadership Degree Program to be Offered in Fall 2017

USRowing announced a new partnership with Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management that will break new ground and expand higher education opportunities in the sport of rowing. Beginning in the fall of 2017, a Masters of Science in Sport Coaching Leadership degree will be offered online, with special pricing for USRowing coaches and members.

"This partnership positions USRowing as a leader in higher education,” said USRowing CEO Glenn Merry. “Very few National Governing Bodies have deep relationships with college institutions for continuing education. This Masters degree program is unique and has been built over the last year to have a specific concentration on rowing with courses that are relevant to the sport. This goes beyond teaching the basics of coaching on the water and incorporates a business approach to the sport as well. Someone who wants to pursue a career in rowing as a profession now has that opportunity, and it’s open online to an international audience that wants to achieve a formalized education.”

“As a rower and a coach in rowing, I am excited to be offering this program, which is the first of its kind in rowing,” said Dr. Amy Giddings, Associate Clinical Professor and Program Director of Sport Coaching Leadership at Drexel University. “We have created a fully online graduate degree program, making it accessible to rowing coaches around the globe. With core coursework taught by interdisciplinary faculty from Drexel University and concentration courses taught by leading rowing coaches and international experts in the sport of rowing, we will prepare students to excel as rowing coaches and to support the goals of USRowing’s coach development initiatives.”

The core coaching courses in Drexel's online MS in Sport Coaching Leadership program are offered by Drexel's full-time faculty, while the rowing specific courses will be taught by qualified experts in rowing, a coordinated approach that prepares rowing coaches to meet challenges both on and off the water.

Core courses include budgeting and fiscal management, coaching theory, NCAA compliance, performance and energy systems, prevention and care of athletic injuries, program development, recruitment strategies, sport psychology, and a Global Coaching Seminar offering a 7-10 day residency abroad.

“Drexel University is going to provide coaches with the advanced and specialized knowledge related to coaching,” said USRowing Director of Coaching Education Kris Korzeniowski. “It is not enough to know how to just teach the rowing motion anymore; it is important that coaches understand the basics of rowing and training, but also how to effectively lead rowing programs, manage athletes and competition, and plan for long term goals. This program will educate a new wave of coaches, well prepared for the requirements of coaching rowing at a high level.”

In addition, rowing courses taught by industry experts include Biomechanics in Rowing, Physiology & Training Methods for Rowing, Emerging Technologies & Trends in Rowing, Equipment Management & Rigging for High Performance, Rowing Safety & Risk Management, and Racing: Rules, Preparation, & Strategy.

Application information is available at

About Drexel University: Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel is a comprehensive urban university of more than 26,000 students, consistently ranked in America’s top 100 by U.S. News & World Report. Drexel is a leader in experiential, technology-infused education, enriched by the nation’s premier cooperative education program. The University’s recognized excellence in translational research is supported by the Coulter Foundation through the Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership. Drexel advances its culture of innovation by encouraging multidisciplinary collaboration, technology commercialization and entrepreneurship — an approach exemplified by the ExCITe (Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies) Center, the interdisciplinary A.J. Drexel Institutes, Drexel Ventures, the Innovation Center @ 3401 Market Street, the Close School of Entrepreneurship and the Baiada Institute for Entrepreneurship. Drexel is also committed to becoming the nation’s most civically engaged university, improving quality of life in its neighborhood and the city through the twin engines of community partnerships and innovation-based economic development.

 About USRowing: USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 93,000 individual members and 1,350 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners. For more information, contact: USRowing Communications, (609) 751-0710,

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