OKCBF Hires New High Performance Training Center Coach
OKLAHOMA CITY – The USRowing National High Performance Center at the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation has named Reilly Dampeer as the new head coach. Dampeer will work in collaboration with USRowing in providing coaching and training for Olympic hopefuls in the sport.
The OKC Boathouse Foundation is a US Olympic and Paralympic Training Site for both rowing and canoe/kayak. The USRowing National High Performance Center is headquartered in the Devon Boathouse in Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to further the program’s success here in OKC,” Dampeer said. “The USRowing National High Performance Center provides an incredible environment for developing world class rowers, and I’m excited to turn those resources into results.”
Two rowing teams from the USRowing National High Performance Center competed on behalf of Team USA in the 2016 Rio Games. Mix King, Tony Fahden, Tyler Nase and Robin Prendes made up the men’s lightweight four. Ellen Tomek and Meghan O’Leary competed in the women’s double sculls.
“We’re excited to add Reilly to the team we’ve built here,” said Mike Knopp, executive director of the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation. “She has some great experience and we’re happy to have her expertise to lead our program into the 2020 Tokyo Games and beyond.”
Dampeer has coached US National Team athletes since 2010, including U23 World Championships, two Pan American Games, five World Cups and the 2016 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta. She has also coached many athletes to the podium at US National Championships, US National Selection Regattas and other international events like Henley Royal Regatta and the Australian National Championships.
“I am committed to the USRowing mission to continually improve the performance of our athletes representing the United States internationally, particularly in the small boats” Dampeer said. “I look forward to seeing our high performance athletes continue to share the Olympic dream with the Oklahoma City community.”
USRowing is a nonprofit membership organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the national governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing selects, trains, and manages the teams that represent the U.S. in international competition including the world championships, Pan American Games, Olympic Games, and Paralympic Games. More than 85,000 individuals and 1,300 organizations strong, USRowing serves and promotes the sport on all levels of competition. USRowing membership reflects the spectrum of American rowers – juniors, collegians, masters, and those who row for recreation, competition, or fitness. USRowing receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners. For more information, please visit www.usrowing.org.