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Miami Alum Taurii Coyne Joins Rowing Staff

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami head rowing coach Dave Sanderson rounded out his coaching staff, announcing the addition of Taurii Coyne as an assistant coach.

Coyne is a 2007 graduate of the University of Miami and rejoins the Hurricanes after spending three years as an assistant at Tulsa.

“I am thrilled to announce that Taurii Coyne will be joining our coaching staff as an assistant coach and our recruiting coordinator,” Sanderson said. “She has proven herself to be a great coach and mentor to the student-athletes at Tulsa and a tireless recruiter.”

“In talking with Taurii, I know she had an incredibly positive experience here at Miami as a student-athlete and she can’t wait to help create an even better experience for our current and future student-athletes,” Sanderson said. “Her passion for the “U” is clear and I look forward to having her on the coaching staff as we continue to build the program.”

During the 2012-13 season, Coyne helped Tulsa earn 24 first-place marks and medal 63 boats in 10 regattas. The Golden Hurricane’s Lightweight 8+ recorded a third-place finish at the Dad Vail Regatta and Knecht Cup, while the Lightweight 4+ also earned a bronze meal at the Knecht Cup. TU claimed the Lawless Cup with a 19-second win over SMU and finished ninth in Conference USA. Amy Nelson was named to the CRCA South All-Region team, 10 were tabbed as CRCA Scholar Athletes and 50 rowers received C-USA academic recognition.

Coyne helped lead the Golden Hurricane to 19 first-place marks, while 34 boats finished among the top three in eight regattas during the 2011-12 season. TU’s Lightweight 8+ won their event at the Head of the Hooch, while the Lightweight 2x and Novice 4+ captured top finishes at the Head of the Oklahoma. Tulsa once again claimed the Lawless Cup and finished fifth in Conference USA, while Stephanie Rogers was named as a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-American, the first for TU in program history.

During the 2010-11 season, Coyne helped coach TU to 22 first-place finishes and saw 57 boats medal in 11 regattas. The Golden Hurricane earned a sixth-place finish in the Lightweight 4+ at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship, medaled its first-ever boat at the Conference USA Championship as the Varsity 4+ picked up a bronze medal, and medaled all five boats at the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association to tie for the women’s team trophy.

Coyne was a volunteer coach for the University of Miami women’s crew in 2006-07 and 2009. She coached novice and third varsity rowers.

Prior to Miami, Coyne served as the head coach for the Chicago River Rowing Club in 2007 where she was responsible for training programs for all levels of athletes as well as community outreach programs.

From 2001-05, Coyne was a coach, private instructor, and youth chaperone for the Tampa Rowing Club. Her responsibilities included working with college athletes during their break and keeping equipment maintained and available. She was also involved with the development and implementation of The Stewards Foundation and Learn-to-Row programs.

Coyne has race experience in all boat classes, and earned four varsity letters while a member of the University of Miami (Fla.) women’s rowing team. She graduated from Miami in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in both art history and forensics.

She is Level II certified by US Rowing and is a member of the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.

“I’ve known this athletic department and team as an athlete and as an alumna,” Coyne said. “The incredible growth, success and integrity of the team and department point back to the quality of leadership from President Shalala and Athletic Director Blake James. As coach, I will help our athletes reach their fullest potential, always spring-boarding from the focus on student-athlete welfare and achieving excellence with integrity.”

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