July 9, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana University head rowing coach Steve Peterson announced the hiring of three new coaches for the 2008-09 season. Conny Kirsch and Josh Adam will serve as assistance coaches and Stacey Young-Caudell as a graduate assistant coach. Kirsch comes to Indiana after one year as an assistant at the University of Massachusetts, while Adam was a graduate assistant at the University of Minnesota last season. Kirsch will assist Peterson with the varsity boats while Adam will direct the novice crews and Young-Caudell will assist with numerous aspects of the program.
"I'm very excited to add Conny, Josh, and Stacey to our rowing staff," said Peterson. "Both Conny and Josh have been extremely successful prior to Indiana and I look forward to continued success with them here. Stacey's experience as a successful IU athlete will bring invaluable perspectives to the staff, with regard to the day-to-day responsibilities student-athletes in our program are given. All three coaches will be tremendous assets to our program and to the university, and I am very excited about the future of the program with them on our staff."
Kirsh came to the United States from Germany in 1998 and was an All-American and Big Ten Athlete of the Year at Ohio State in 2002. She led the Buckeye varsity eight to a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships that year as well. Kirsch graduated Ohio State with a B.A. in psychology and women's studies in 2003 and went on to earn master's degree in counselor education from Ohio State in 2006.
She has also just recently completed her second summer working with the US Rowing Junior B Development
Following her career with the Buckeyes, Kirch coached for the Greater Columbus (Ohio) Rowing Association in addition to completing an internship counseling urban youth in Columbus. She also worked closely with at-risk student-athletes at Ohio State to develop individual achievement plans through athlete support services.
Prior to coming to the United States, Kirsch rowed with the German National Team from 1995-98 and took first place in the quad at the Junior World Championships in 1995 and in the double in 1997. In 1996, she took second in the quad and second in the double at the 1998 Under-23 Nations Cup.
Adam is currently coaching on his second U-23 US National Team and will be heading to U-23 World Championships in Brandenberg, Germany. He has worked with the lightweight women's sculling program the past two summers and will be the coach of the U-23 US Lightweight Women's Double at the championships.
Adam was initially assigned to the novice crews at Minnesota in the Fall of 2005 before moving up assist with the varsity during the Spring of 2005 and held that position through this past season. In addition to helping out at Minnesota, Adam was also an assistant coach for the U-23 Lightweight Women's Development Camp at the Pocock Rowing Center for head coach Julie McCleery where he was responsible for developing lightweight female scullers.
From 2003-2005, Adam was an assistant men's coach at Lewis and Clark College, where he designed a program for the men's novice teams in addition to the women's novice program. He was also the head master's women's coach at Station L Rowing Club from 2004-2005, as he designed and implemented yearly water and land-based training programs for athletes ranging in age from 27-67 and he grew the female participation from eight to 27 in his two years.
He began his coaching career in 2000 at Seattle Pacific as the head novice coach and assistant varsity coach for both men's and women's programs while developing the program to be able to compete for national championships under head coach Keith Jefferson.
Adam earned a B.A. in history and Christian Education with a minor in European Studies from Seattle Pacific University in 2000 before going on to earn his Master's degree in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Minnesota in 2008.
Young-Caudell, a native of Mitchell, Ind., was named three-time Academic All-Big Ten and twice was a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete. As a walk-on freshman, who learned to row at IU, she quickly became one of the strongest rowers on the team. As a freshman, received IU's Aline Robinson Mental Attitude Award for rowing, leading the novice eight to one of its most successful seasons, culminating with a fourth place finish at the Big Ten Championships.
Stacey was medically unable to row during her junior year due to an injury, so she stepped into the coaching launch and helped coach the novice and varsity fours. For her unselfish efforts, she was awarded the rowing program's Team Sportsmanship Award, which is given to the athlete who best represents the ideals and what it means to be a member of the Indiana University Rowing team.