A sense of community and an environment of acceptance is what drives Coach Katie Wuebker. These are the attributes that she plans to perpetuate. As a UAHS grad and a UA CREW alumnus, Katie is thrilled to return to her CREW roots where she feels most at home.
Katie admits that although she really didn’t feel very coordinated for most sports, she felt that CREW was a sport that was custom designed for her. And for the past 18 years, she is a successful rower as well as a coach and mentor. Her passion took her all the way to the Big 10 where she was coaching for Michigan State, a rowing environment that is the most competitive circuit in the country.
Regardless of achieving her goal, she always knew that UA CREW was her home and through a series of events, she achieved her next goal of being our Varsity Girls’ Head Coach. Her coaching style is a combination of engagement, personal growth, and development of the athlete, especially helping the rower realize their full potential.
As a senior, Katie was in the Varsity Girls 4+ that qualified for Youth Nationals. At OSU, she was a member of the 2011 Big Ten Championship team and stroked the 2V4 that won Big Ten in 2012. With what little shelf space was left on her trophy case, she also won the Spare Pair exhibition race at NCAAs 2012. In addition to her new role and past successes, Katie is spearheading the efforts to establish a Middle School Rowing Program that targets 7th, 8th and 9th graders.
Through partnership with UA Parks & Recs. This new program could help grow the team and continue the tradition of excellence and acceptance that Katie herself experienced when she first entered Griggs Reservoir back in the Fall of 2004 when she was a UA CREW Novice.