position Director of Operations
Sheila Rinozzi begins her first season with the Buckeyes as director of operations, after temporarily filling the role to close out the 2022 spring season. Rinozzi also works for the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association as the Assistant Director.
Previously, Rinozzi was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Syracuse University Women’s Rowing program, where she helped guide it to an historic 10th-place finish at the 2021 NCAA Championships, the highest finish in program history. Prior to Syracuse, she coached at the University of Louisville where she spent four years, the last two as associate head coach.
No stranger to the Big Ten Conference, Rinozzi was a coxswain and four-year letterwinner for the Iowa Hawkeyes. She was named two-time First Team All-Big as well as a Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholar Award recipient. She served as team captain as both a junior and senior and received the NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship in 2010. Upon graduation, Rinozzi spent the summer with the United States Rowing Association as the national team programs intern.
Rinozzi began coaching in 2010 as the varsity women’s assistant coach at Loyola Academy Rowing Association before moving to Boston to work as an events and operations coordinator at Harvard University while completing her master’s degree.
In 2012, Rinozzi returned to her alma mater as a volunteer assistant coach. A year later, she became the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Indiana alongside current Ohio State Head Coach Kate Sweeney. In two years in Bloomington, the pair helped guide the Hoosiers to their first and second NCAA Championship appearances in Hoosier program history.
Rinozzi earned her bachelor’s degree in interdepartmental studies-health sciences from the University Iowa in 2010 and completed a Master of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership (IAL) from the University of Washington in 2012.