Katie Kirsten enters her fourth season at the helm of the Dukes' women's rowing program and as a head coach. Kirsten became the first full time mentor of the Dukes in June 2002.
Committed to seeing the overall improvement of the program, Kirsten assures the Dukes' continued progress by competing in top Regattas as well as bringing in solid talent each season.
The 2005 slate was one of the most successful for the Red & Blue who took seventh overall at the Atlantic 10 Championship. Duquesne took silver in two events - the Lightweight 8 and Novice 4 - and advanced to the finals in both the Novice 8 and Quad. The Red & Blue finished fourth overall at the MACRA Championships as the Lightweight 8 took silver and the Varsity 4 captured bronze. Two Dukes, Colleen McCroskey and McGravey were named to the Academic All-Conference squad while McCroskey captured her second A-10 Academic Student-Athlete of Year honor.
Highlighting her second season was DU winning the inaugural Governor's Cup at the 2003 Head of the Ohio and taking the point's trophy at the Head of the Speakmon. The Dukes tied for eighth at the 2004 Atlantic 10 Championship led by a bronze medal performance by the Lightweight 8.
The Novice 8 and Lightweight 4 took first at the 2004 MACRA championships and four Dukes were lauded to the Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference squad in Colleen McCroskey, Jessica Lisjak, Karen Predmore and Kate Talarczyk. McCroskey was tabbed the A-10's Academic Student-Athlete of the Year.
Duquesne finished ninth at the 2003 A-10 championship in her inaugural season at the helm and three Dukes were tabbed to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic team led by Karen Predmore who was named the A-10's Academic Student-Athlete of the Year. Predmore went on to be named a first team District 2 At-Large Academic All-America pick.
Kirsten came to Duquesne after a one-year stint as the assistant rowing coach/head novice coach for the Carnegie Mellon University men's and women's programs. She also serves as the head coach of the Heinz Corporation Rowing Team. As a collegian, Kirsten was a four-year letterman at coxswain for Robert Morris. Her accomplishments include two Dad Vail National Regatta championships, three Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Rowing Championships and representing the United States at the Henley Women's Regatta in England. She graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science of Business Administration with an emphasis in sports marketing. As an undergrad, she also competed on the Colonials' soccer team.
The 26-year old Kirsten also oversees the men's rowing club.