Neale Named Rowing Assistant Coach

Neale Named Rowing Assistant Coach

by Catherine Coffenberg

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – University of Miami rowing head coach James Mulcahy announced the addition of Melinda Neale to the coaching staff Tuesday.

“The team and I are so excited to welcome Melinda as our newest coach,” head coach James Mulcahy said. “She brings with her a wealth of experience through her past stops in university administration, compliance, and of course coaching at many different levels.”

Neale joins the Miami staff as an assistant coach after her most recently serving as head novice girl’s coach at Shrewsbury High School (MA) and women’s coach at Community Rowing Inc., (MA). In addition, Neale has coached junior programs at The Waterford School (UT) and New Trier High School (IL). Neale coached the CRI U19 and U17 Competitive Boy’s teams, whose crews all enjoyed notable results at Youth Nationals in summer 2022.

Neale also has Division II collegiate experience, serving as an assistant rowing coach at Merrimack College and novice women’s rowing coach at Northwestern University.

In addition to coaching, Neale has served as the Youth Administrative and Travel Coordinator at CRI, Athletic Academic Coordinator at Franklin Pierce University, and Program Manager for Adaptive Sports New England.

“Melinda also brings a new voice and energy to benefit our athletes. She’s already hit the ground running, making a positive impact on the team during our winter camp, and I know she will help the athletes achieve their goals this spring.”

Neale rowed in college at University of Massachusetts Lowell, where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. Neale earned her Master of Arts in Sports Administration at Northwestern University.

“I’m very grateful to have such a great staff assembled for the upcoming season to work with this awesome group of athletes!”

After over six years of service to the university, assistant rowing coach and recruiting coordinator, Claire Frenkel, has bid goodbye.

“I’d also like to thank Claire Frenkel for her six-and-a-half years of service to Miami Rowing. Claire was an integral part of building Miami Rowing to where it is today, and we wish her all the best as we bid her goodbye.”

The Hurricanes will return to action on March 4 at Stetson University.