Dukes take novice 8 and varisty 4b
Five more athletes to join the Dukes this fall
Dukes head to Washington, D.C. Thursday
Dukes travel to Philly next weekend
Quintet will officially become Dukes next fall
Joseph Setting enters his ninth 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.
In the eight Atlantic 10 Championships that Coach Setting has overseen, the Dukes have captured thirteen total medals, including seven gold, three silver, and three bronze. The most recent medals came at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship in the Freshman 8+ (gold) and the Freshman 4+ (gold). The Dukes Lightweight 4+ from the 2007 season set a conference championship course record time that has yet to be eclipsed. There have been a total of nine student-athletes named as All-Conference selections over Coach Setting's tenure.
At the Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate race in the country, in 2013, Coach Setting led the Dukes to a program first appearance in the Varsity 8+ grand final, achieving a 4th place finish. In 2014, the Varsity 8+ once again returned to the grand final, finishing 5th, while the Freshman 4+ achieved the bronze medal in the grand final. The Dukes captured silver medal placements for three consecutive years (2007-2009) in the Freshman 4+ event. Other appearances in grand final events were made by the Lightweight 4+ (2007 and 2009), the Varsity 4+ (2011), and the Freshman 8+ (2012).
In addition to the successes at the A-10 Championship and the Dad Vail, 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. Following the 2011 season, the first Duquesne rower in program history, Rachael Thornton, was selected to the U23 Lightweight squad.
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 and the women's point's trophy. 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 while an undergraduate. 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 35-year old Newtown, PA native holds a Level 3 US Rowing coaching certificate and resides in Dravosburg with his wife, Jennifer.