Sept. 17, 2015
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Olympic gold medalist and four-time World Rowing Champion Anna Goodale has been added to the coaching staff of the three-time defending national champion Ohio State women’s rowing team, head coach Andy Teitelbaum announced Thursday. Goodale will serve as an assistant coach, primarily working with the Buckeye novices.
“Anna is an incredible woman and a fantastic role model,” Teitelbaum said. “As a former college walk-on she demonstrates the full spectrum of what rowing can ultimately offer the athletes in a program such as ours. Everyone affiliated with Ohio State rowing was thrilled when she accepted this position.”
Goodale joins the Buckeyes after spending the 2014-15 school year as an assistant coach at Gonzaga. She helped the Bulldogs to a 17th-place team finish – the best in school history – last season at the NCAA championships. Gonzaga earned an automatic birth to the national championships after winning the West Coast Conference title.
“I have followed Ohio State women’s rowing for years and am extremely excited for this opportunity,” Goodale said. “I am thrilled to have the chance to work with, learn from and support Andy Teitelbaum, the women on the team and the entire Ohio State Department of Athletics.”
One of the most decorated U.S. rowers in recent memory, Goodale enjoyed an outstanding career with the U.S. National Team prior to coaching. She was a member of the U.S. women’s eight that captured gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as a member of four world championships and three world cups in the women’s eight. She was also a key contributor in record-setting boats at the Henley Regatta and the Head of the Charles Regatta.
A four-year member of the rowing team at Syracuse from 2001-2005, Goodale, a former walk-on, worked her way to First Team All-America honors in 2003 and 2005 and second-team accolades in 2004. In 2005 she received the Soladay Award, the most prestigious award given to a student-athlete by the Department of Athletics at Syracuse.
A native of Camden, Maine, Goodale was inducted into the Maine Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.