University of Iowa Athletics
Assistant Coach

Katie Thurstin

Katie  Thurstin - Women's Rowing - University of Iowa Athletics


Katie Thurstin joined the Iowa Rowing coaching staff in September 2021.

Thurstin came to Iowa after serving as head coach for the men’s and women’s rowing team at Stetson University from 2017-21.  Prior to Stetson, she was the first assistant/novice coach at Drake University for four years and the head coach of the Des Moines Rowing Club.

Prior to Des Moines, Katie was head coach for the master’s and rec programs at the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club in Denver.

A 2003 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Global Studies, Thurstin began rowing competitively during her junior year. Upon graduation, Thurstin spent four years as a Policy Associate with the National Conference of State Legislatures in Denver before eventually returning to her rowing roots.

She is currently working on an MBA from Stetson University.