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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa head rowing coach Andrew Carter announced Friday that Natasia Giles has joined the Hawkeye staff as an assistant coach.
“I’m very pleased to have Natasia join our team this year,” said Carter. “She’s been able to work with coach [Dave] O’Neil and his staff at Texas over the past three years, and that’s terrific experience to bring with her to Iowa.”
Giles joins the Hawkeyes after a four-year coaching stint at Texas. She spent her first two years as a volunteer assistant coach where her duties included recruiting and training novice athletes. She was promoted to graduate assistant coach in 2015 and held that position for two years. As a graduate assistant, Giles led the 1V4 boat to a fourth-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships and helped transition the novice athletes to varsity competition.
After playing golf in high school, Giles joined the Texas rowing program as a talent-transfer student-athlete and contributed to four consecutive Big XII Championships for the Longhorns. She earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and health at Texas in 2012 and a master of education in exercise science in 2017.
“Even further, with Natasia starting her own rowing career as a talent-transfer athlete in college, she’s bringing an athletic experience that is valuable to a very important part of our development scheme,” said Carter. “I know she’s going to be a great fit with our team, department, and the University of Iowa.”