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Katie Donnelly

Head Novice Coach

Katie Donnelly began her rowing career in 1999 as a seventh grader at Cape Cod Academy. She was almost immediately made coxswain, and despite the 4:30am wake up calls, completely fell in love with the sport. Throughout high school, she coxed for both CCA and Cape Cod Rowing, including earning a spot in the Junior 8+ at Head of the Charles her senior year. Katie attended College of the Holy Cross where she continued coxing for the Women’s Varsity team. After Holy Cross, Katie attended Springfield College where she received her Masters in Exercise and Sport Psychology. 

Her coaching career started during college, when she would coach for Cape Cod Rowing youth learn to row, and Masters summer programs. Following graduate school, she returned to Cape Cod Rowing where she served as Assistant Youth coach, then Head Youth Coach. She also developed the Intermediate Masters program, filling a gap between the Learn to Row and Competitive Masters squads. Katie then moved to Boston where she held the position of Assistant Coach for the Wentworth Institute of Technology Men’s Rowing team. She has also coached at several other clubs in Boston, and continues to cox for and compete with a women’s masters team.

Katie has also developed and run several coxswain clinics for multiple programs in Massachusetts.”

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