March 24, 2009

Steenstra Elevated to Rowing Head Coach at Bates

Courtesy Bates Sports Information

LEWISTON, Maine - Bates College interim head rowing coach Peter Steenstra has been named head rowing coach at Bates, Director of Athletics Kevin McHugh announced Friday.

"Peter has provided excellent guidance and leadership for the rowing teams during the interim coach period, and now that he moves into the position permanently, I know that the programs will continue to flourish under his direction," said McHugh.

Steenstra served as Bates' assistant rowing coach during the 2007-08 academic year, then was named interim coach after former head coach Andrew Carter's resignation in July 2008. Steenstra helped coach both the Bobcat men and women to successful years while also acting as the programs’ recruiting coordinator. The women's team finished fifth at the 2008 NCAA Division III Women's Rowing Championships in their second straight appearance at nationals, while the men's varsity eight ranked No. 5 in New England.

Under Steenstra's leadership, both the men's and women's rowing programs have continued to flourish. The women's first varsity eight finished second out of 32 boats at the Head of the Charles last fall, and are ranked No. 3 in the preseason College Rowing Coaches Association/USRowing preseason rankings.

"Bates was most fortunate to have an experienced, quality coach on board, ready to lead the program and I look to our rowers remaining competitive with the best programs in the country."

Steenstra has vast experience in rowing, beginning with his career on the men's varsity eight at Hobart College, where he graduated in 1996. Steenstra coached the men's and women's novice crews at Colby College for three years, then was the head coach of the men's and women's crew club at The Ohio State University from 1999 to 2006. Steenstra also coached at Cornell University, first as varsity assistant coach of the heavyweight men and then as the assistant women's coach, while earning a master of science degree in sports management from Ithaca College.

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