Women's Rowing

    Peterson Adds Four to IU Rowing Staff

    Go Hoosiers! Steve Peterson, Indiana Head Rowing Coach
    Go Hoosiers!
    Steve Peterson, Indiana Head Rowing Coach
    Go Hoosiers!

    Aug 28, 2013

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Rowing head coach Steve Peterson has announced the addition of Sheila Rinozzi, Kate Sweeney, Stefan Evano and Bonnie Chilibeck to the Hoosiers' staff.

    "I am very excited about this new staff," said Peterson. "We had a very large number of good applicants apply for the positions. With such a large pool of applicants to select from, it really gave us a great opportunity to decide exactly what type of coaches and staff would be the best fit for our program at this time. Once we had that, we were able to be very selective and identify the applicants we thought fit those criteria best and would help our athletes succeed right away. Together this new staff brings in a very wide range of experience and a ton of enthusiasm to the program. I can't wait to get started. 2013-14 is going to be a great year for the Hoosiers."

    Rinozzi will serve as an assistant coach with the varsity rowers and will be the primary coach for the Varsity 4 crews. She joins the IU staff after spending the 2012-13 season serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Iowa, where she was a First Team All-Big Ten selection her junior and seniors years as a coxswain for the Hawkeyes. Before Rinozzi returned to Iowa City, she spent two years as the varsity women's assistant coach at Loyola Academy and the past two seasons as an events and operations intern in the Harvard athletic department.

    Rinozzi, a four-year letterwinner for the Hawkeyes, graduated from Iowa in 2010 with a B.A. degree in Interdepartmental Studies and Health Sciences. She spent a summer at the United States Rowing Association as a National Team Programs Intern before spending the 2010-11 season as a novice coach at Northwestern. She earned a master's degree from the University of Washington in 2012 in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership.



    Sweeney will serve as an assistant coach and oversee IU's Novice program. She comes to Bloomington from Ohio State where she was a two-time top-five finisher at the NCAA Rowing Championships and a Big Ten Champion in 2011. Since earning her B.A. in English and Political Science in 2011, Sweeney has worked as a coach at both Three Rivers Rowing program in Pittsburgh, Pa., and for Dublin Crew, Inc., which serves all central Ohio high school students in Columbus.

    Evano will serve as IU's Director of Equipment and Operations. He joins the program after serving as a volunteer assistant coach in 2011 before being promoted to assistant coach at Oregon State during the 2012-13 season, coaching the novice and varsity boats. His Varsity 4 crew earned consecutive PAC-12 medals in 2012 and 2013 and placed sixth nationally in the open four in 2013. During that time, he also served as the head coach for the Corvallis Rowing Club. During the 2010-11 season, Evano worked with Oregon State's rigger managing maintenance and care for the program's rowing equipment.

    Evano was a coxswain for the Beavers from 2007-11. He earned his B.S. from Oregon State in Liberal Studies in 2011.

    Chilibeck will serve as a Volunteer Assistant Coach working with IU's Novice program. She comes to Indiana after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at Oregon State. Before earning her B.S. in Nutrition Science in 2013, Chilibeck was a coxswain for the Beavers from 2008-12.

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