Carmen Mirochna is in her fourth season in 2007-08, serving as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the rowing team.
The Hoosiers' improvement under Mirochna cannot be overlooked. In the 2004-05 season the second varsity eight accomplished the program's first Big Ten varsity win, over Minnesota, and finished fifth at the Big Ten Championship. In addition, with her first true recruiting class in the fold in time for the 2005-06 season, the novice eight shattered school records throughout the season. The novice eight turned in a sterling 10-2 record, besting the existing school record for wins by the novice eight crew by three.
The 2007 campaign saw Mirochna lead a young second varsity eight through a challenging schedule. At the Big Ten Championships, they finished seventh overall, behind Minnesota and Ohio State who advnced to the Grand Final at the NCAA Championships.
The 2006 novice eight earned Indiana's first-ever medal at the Big Ten Championships with a second-place finish. The crew capped the season by making IU's first appearance in the Grand Final at the Aramark Central/South Region Sprints and matching the school record with a sixth-place finish.
Prior to joining the Hoosiers staff in August 2004, she served as the women's assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Cornell University.
In her first year with the Big Red, Mirochna led her crews to five victories. The second novice eight captured gold at Eastern Sprints, while the novice eight took second in the Petite Final. During the 2002-2003 season, Mirochna's novice eight recorded seven dual season victories and finished fifth in the Grand Final at the Eastern Sprints. Her second novice eight went undefeated all year and captured silver at Sprints.
In her final year at Cornell, Mirochna's crews had their most impressive finish of her tenure. Throughout the 2004 season, her novice eight lost only twice, defeating Eastern Sprints competition including Yale and Harvard. Her novice four defeated the entire field by 12 seconds at Sprints. In addition, Mirochna's novice eight avenged a mid-season loss to a fast Brown crew by winning silver at the Grand Final of Eastern Sprints. The finish brought the Cornell women their first novice eight silver medal at Sprints and earned Mirochna the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) novice coach of the year award.
Prior to her three years with Cornell, Mirochna served as the novice coach for Lehigh University's club program. She led her novice eight to an undefeated season. The novice eight would go on to win the Patriot League Championship, besting the field by more than 20 seconds. The substantial victory at Patriots contributed to Lehigh winning the overall points trophy. The club finished its season at the Dad Vails. While her four made it through to the Grand Final with an impressive heat performance, Mirochna's novice eight won the Grand Final at the Vails and secured Lehigh's only gold medal of the day.
Mirochna joined the Lehigh staff after serving as co-novice coach at the Baldwin Girls School out of the Bachelor's Barge Club in Philadelphia. From the Schuylkill, her crew won a silver medal at the Robert White Regatta and also qualified for finals at the Stotesbury Cup as part of a winning season record.
A 1998 graduate of Rutgers University with a dual degree in American Studies and Women's Studies, Mirochna participated with the Scarlet Knights rowing program for three years. In her first year with the team, she helped her novice eight to a silver medal at Eastern Sprints and a bronze medal at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships. This impressive season remains Rutgers' best Sprints finish to date. Meanwhile, with the help of Mirochna in the bow pair, her varsity eight crossed the line first to capture the 1997 BIG EAST Championship and went on to earn a sixth-place finish at the inaugural NCAA Championships. Her crew then defended its conference title her senior season and went on to win silver at the IRA Championships.
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