LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall rowing coach Rob Weber has been named coach of the women's straight four (W4-) on the U.S. National Team, which will compete at the 2013 World Rowing Championship in Chungju, South Korea from Aug. 25-Sept. 2.
The summer has been a busy one for Weber who has been in Princeton since the middle of May with the women's national team as one of the 34 member coaching and support staff that will travel with the 27 crews to the championships.
"Spending the summer at the Princeton Training Center has been an incredible experience, and I look forward to applying what I've learned to our program at F&M," said Weber. "I'm grateful to women's national team head coach Tom Terhaar and his staff for their generosity and willingness to take me on as an intern, and working directly with the athletes in the straight four as they prepare for the World Championships has been a real privilege. I can't wait to see how they perform in South Korea."
Rowing in the women's four will be Felice Mueller, Tessa Gobbo, Olivia Coffey and Emily Huelskamp who qualified at the Senior Trials last week. The 4- is set to race for lanes on Tuesday, Aug. 27th with the final taking place on Aug. 30th.
United States crews are coming off a historical performance at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup #3 in July, where the U.S. women's eight won gold and set a new world record, men's four and eight won gold, lightweight women's double and women's single won silver, and women's pair and women's double won bronze.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the U.S. brought home three medals: gold in the women's eight and bronze in the men's four and women's quadruple sculls.
For the past few summers Weber has been active working with the U.S. Rowing Women's Development Camp at Penn Athletic Club Rowing Association (Penn AC) in Philadelphia where he served as an assistant coach in 2010 before taking over as head coach in 2011. In 2012 Weber continued to work with Penn AC's summer rowing program, where they won six medals at Club Nationals.