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Rowing teams add new assistant coaches Foglia and Hurley



LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates College head rowing coach Peter Steenstra announced the appointments of his two new assistant coaches today, both of whom boast impressive credentials in the sport: Jesse Foglia is the men's team assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, while Elizabeth (Liz) Hurley steps into the same roles for the women's team.

Foglia brings a wealth of knowledge of the sport from coaching at various levels within the massive Three Rivers Rowing Association in Pittsburgh, Pa. Most recently, Foglia served as the head youth/junior novice coach for the Three Rivers Junior Rowing program. In addition, he spent the last three summers coaching the USRowing Junior National Team Development Camp, preparing athletes for the rigors of international racing. Prior to his time with Three Rivers he served as the men's head coach for Fox Chapel Crew, his high school alma mater, where he began rowing as a freshman.

Foglia graduated from Duquesne University in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. He has completed Levels I, II and III of the USRowing Coaching Certification and continued education program.

"We are very fortunate to have Coach Foglia join our rowing family," said Steenstra. "He comes from a terrific rowing background with ample experience at every level of the sport.  His time with youth and junior rowers will serve our program well as he takes over the reigns of the recruiting effort for the men at Bates."

Hurley is a two-time captain and 2010 team MVP at Division II rowing power Nova Southeastern University, where she also received the 2011 Coaches Award and was the female athlete chosen from NSU to attend the NCAA Leadership Academy.

During her time rowing for the Sharks, Hurley won the Sunshine State Conference Championship four times and was selected to compete in the NCAA Division II National Championship Regatta three times. After coaching for two years at the University School in Davie, Fla., Hurley was nominated for the Flo Hyman Award, which is awarded to one who best displays the enhancement of sport through young athletes within their community.

Originally from Syracuse, N.Y., Hurley graduated from Nova Southeastern in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science.

Hurley will be the lead assistant for the juggernaut Bates women's crew, which has finished as the national runner-up at the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships for three straight years.

"I'm excited to welcome Liz to the Bates women's rowing staff," said Steenstra. "She was very successful at the Division II level and I expect that to continue during her time here with us.  She brings with her a good education specific to athletics, the experience of a top competitor and the desire to advance her understanding of coaching."