PHILADELPHIA - Rebecca Smith, who served as an assistant women's rowing coach at Bucknell University the last two years, has been named an assistant women's rowing coach at Temple University, announced first-year head coach Jason Read.
"Everyone on our team is thrilled to have Rebecca Smith on board as the newest member of the Temple Athletics family,” said Read. “Rebecca brings impeccable academic, athletic, and coaching credentials to our rowing staff. She has had great success in managing nationally recognized summer programs, most notably the Penn AC Gold program of more than 150 student athletes. Her previous work in the admissions office at Penn, coupled with working as a Division 1 recruiter at Bucknell University, the reigning Patriot League Champions, will greatly elevate our recruiting operations.
As a former teammate on the National team, I know she has a thorough understanding of the Four Pillars of High Performance and will help me impart these essential leadership values on the largest team of women in Temple Rowing history."
"This is an incredibly exciting time in the history of Temple Women's Rowing,” said Smith. “The work ethic, drive and potential that our student-athletes possess is inspiring. I am grateful for the opportunity and I look forward to helping Coach Read further develop the tradition of excellence at Temple."
During her time at Bucknell, Smith worked with the varsity fours for the 2009-2010 season and was designated as the head coach for the 2010-2011 Bison lightweight squad. In 2010 she led Bucknell to its first ever medal at the EAWRC Regatta as well as a bronze medal at the 2010 IRA Lightweight National Championship. The 2011 campaign was highlighted by a gold medal in the lightweight eight at the Dad Vail Regatta.
Smith has significant ties to the Philadelphia rowing community as both an athlete and a coach. Following her collegiate career she trained out of Boathouse Row as an elite athlete from 2004-2009. She spent that last two summers working for the Penn AC Rowing Association. In 2010, she was named the assistant coach for the Penn AC Intermediate Women's Program in which she helped oversee the recruitment and development of 40 collegiate women from across the country. In 2011, she was promoted to head coach of the Penn AC Gold Junior Women's program where she was selected to lead and train a team of 30 junior women and three assistant coaches during the seven-week program.
Smith is a 2002 graduate of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. The two-time team captain was a First Team All-New England selection in 2002, helped the Crusaders to three consecutive Patriot League Challenge titles, led the varsity eight to a gold medal at the 2002 Avaya Collegiate Rowing Championship and to a bronze medal at the New England Championships the same year.
Upon graduation Smith spent two years as Holy Cross's assistant women's rowing coach and program administrator. In 2004, she left the position at Holy Cross to focus on her own rowing career. In 2008, Smith finished fourth at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in the lightweight double, won the National Selection Regatta in the lightweight single event, earned gold medals at the Head of the Charles and Head of the Schuylkill, won gold in the lightweight quad and bronze in the open double at the U.S. Elite National Championships, helped the U.S. Women's lightweight quad to a bronze medal at the World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria and earned the Vesper Boat Club Athlete of the Year Award.
Earlier in her career, Smith finished second in the championship double at the 2006 Head of the Charles, won the 2005 Canadian Henley in the senior lightweight quad and earned a gold medal at the 2002 U.S. National Championships in the lightweight pair.