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Coaches - Women's Team

Lauren Peck: Women's Varsity Head Coach    

Lauren ignited her passion for rowing in 2008 at Marietta HS as a first year varsity novice. Then, as a senior captain and third year varsity rower, she was recruited to multiple DI colleges across the country. A major back injury forced her to retire as a competitor and instead she attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati to pursue her passion of art. There, Lauren began volunteering and marshaling at local and national regattas. Interested in coaching, she began assisting at Cincinnati Country Day School in spring of 2016 and gained regional success. She relocated to Columbus in fall of 2016. She quickly joined the UA Crew staff and aided the women’s team in regional and national successes prior to becoming head coach in Summer of 2018. 

When she’s not coaching or rowing, Lauren enjoys all outdoor activities, studying philosophy, playing guitar, writing, and Jeep rides through the country.

Joanna Gardner: Women's Varsity Assistant Coach 

Joanna began her college athletic career after being recruited to Eastern Michigan University for Track & Field in 2002. A transfer to the University of Cincinnati led to a walk-on position and subsequent scholarship with UC’s Women’s Varsity Rowing team in 2003 where she earned a seat in the top eight after her novice year. After college, Joanna played Women’s Semi-Professional Football for the Cincinnati Sizzle and then Columbus Comets for a combined ten years before retiring and coaching Little League 4th and 5th grade boy’s football in Westerville. 

Joanna has worked at Ohio State University for the past six years, but will always be a Bearcat! She loves tinkering around her 1930s home and yard, camping, grilling, Cincinnati sports, and singing along to local live music. 

Varsity Women's Assistants:

Women's Head Novice Coach:
Kristina Hallof, 
Women's Novice Assistant:
Johann McGwire, 
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