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Joe Setting
Joe Setting

Head Coach

8th Year

Alma Mater:
Duquesne '01


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In the latest episode of Dukes 1-On-1 coach Joe Setting sits down with Jay Spinks.

Dukes 1-On-1 episode 17

Joseph Setting enters his eighth season at the helm of the Duquesne rowing program.

In 2007, exactly eight months after his hiring, he guided the Dukes' to a third place finish at the 2007 Atlantic 10 Women's Rowing Championship, the highest finish ever attained by the program since joining the Atlantic 10 Conference in 1996. The previous best finish was seventh in 1999, 2001 and 2005. The 2007 A-10 Championship also featured the Dukes capturing first place in the Lightweight 4+ and in the process setting a course record time that has yet to be eclipsed.

The Dukes have captured a total of nine medals in the six A10 Championships that Coach Setting has overseen, including five gold, three silver and one bronze, with the most recent medals coming at the 2011 A10 Championship in the Freshman/Novice 8+ (silver) and the Quad (gold).

In addition to the successes at the A-10 Championship, over Coach Setting's tenure, the Dukes have competed in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta as one of six teams chosen to race in the inaugural Lightweight 4+ event at 2007 IRA, finishing fourth in a tightly contested race. Also in 2007, the Dukes Lightweight 8+ achieved a national ranking as high as 11th in a US Rowing coaches poll.

At the Dad Vail regatta, the largest collegiate race in the country, the Dukes achieved second place in the Novice 4+ event for three consecutive years (2007-2009). Also, the Lightweight 4+ made appearances in the finals in 2007 and 2009. In 2011, the Dukes advanced the Varsity 4+ to the grand finals, placing 4th. The Dukes advanced to the grand finals the Freshman/Novice 8+ for the first time in program history in 2012, where they finished in 5th place.

Before returning to the Bluff, Coach Setting spent five years (2001-06) coaching the rowing programs at Pittsburgh's Fox Chapel High School serving as the boy's and girl's assistant coach beginning in the fall of 2001 and heading the girl's varsity program from 2003-06. Fox Chapel reined as the 2005 and 2006 Midwest Scholastic Team Points and Women's Points Trophy Champions, giving the Foxes the distinction of being the first high school to take back-to-back trophies in the 13-year history of the 12-state Midwest Scholastic Championships.

In the spring of 2006 at the Western PA Scholastic Rowing Sprints Championship, Fox Chapel captured the team championship trophy, women's point's trophy and placed first in the Varsity 4. The Foxes won the point's trophy in 2005 as well and took first in the Varsity 8 and Varsity 4 events. Coach Setting also guided his women's Lightweight 4 to 10th place and the women's Lightweight 8 to 12th at the 2006 US Rowing Youth National Championship. The Lightweight 8 finished eighth at the 2005 Youth Nationals.

Setting competed on Duquesne's men's club rowing team from 1998 to 2001. He graduated from Duquesne with honors in 2001 with a dual degree in management information systems and communication studies. In 2009, he attained a Master's of Science in Sports Leadership degree from Duquesne.

The Newtown, PA native holds a Level 3 US Rowing coaching certificate and resides in Dravosburg with his wife, Jennifer.

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