Katie Thurstin Joins Iowa Coaching Staff

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The University of Iowa rowing program has added Katie Thurstin to its coaching staff. Iowa rowing head coach Andrew Carter announced that Thurstin will serve as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

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, Thurstin 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.

Thurstin will help lead the Hawkeyes in their fall season opener this weekend. The Hawkeyes host Indiana and Wisconsin in a scrimmage on the Iowa River on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s scrimmage begins at 4 p.m. (CT). Saturday’s crews launch at 8:30 a.m.

 2021-22 Iowa Rowing Schedule
Oct. 1 – 2:  Indiana & Wisconsin (scrimmage) – Iowa City, Iowa
Oct. 24: Jayhawk Jamboree – Lawrence, Kan.
Feb. 10 –13: SMU (scrimmage) – Merritt Island, Fla.
Mar. 26: Harvard & Yale – Cherry Hill, N.J.
April 1-2: Sunshine State Invitational – Sarasota, Fla.
April 15-16: Big Ten Invitational – Sarasota, Fla.
April 23: Michigan State, Tulsa– Iowa City, Iowa
April 30: Minnesota, Oregon State, UCF, USC & Wisconsin – Iowa City, Iowa
May 15: Big Ten Championship – Indianapolis, Ind.