Former Viking rower Courtney Moeller is returning to Western Washington University as an assistant coach for the program. Making that announcement on Tuesday, Aug. 4, was WWU head coach John Fuchs.
“I am very excited to have Courtney as our assistant coach,” Fuchs said. “She follows a long line of alums who have continued to coach rowing here at WWU. Her experience in the local Puget Sound area certainly will be a benefit for us.”
Moeller, 31, has served as operations manager of the Renton Rowing Center, a community boathouse of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation since 2014. Previously, she was the program director and junior women’s coach for the Sammamish Rowing Association for eight years.
Last year, Moeller was the junior women’s novice coach at the Pocock Rowing Center. Her first novice eight, second novice eight and novice four all placed first at the Northwest Junior Regionals.
While at the Sammamish Rowing Association, her teams captured points trophy championships at the Brentwood Regatta for four consecutive years beginning in 2008. The varsity eight was victorious at the Brentwood Regatta, Opening Day and Northwest Junior Regionals in both 2010 and 2011.
Moeller’s crews made appearances at the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championships from 2008 to 2012. That included a fifth place finish by the lightweight eight in 2009 and sixth place finish by the varsity eight in 2010.
Moeller was a four-year letter winner at WWU. In 2005, she was the varsity four stroke, helping that boat to a national title and the Vikings to their first NCAA Division I national team championship, the first of seven straight.
Moeller earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology at WWU in 2005 and has a U.S. Rowing Level III coaching certificate.