position Assistant Coach
Taylor Ruden begins her third season as an assistant coach at Ohio State in 2021-22 after spending a season at Indiana as an assistant coach with Indiana Rowing.
In her second season as a Buckeye in 2022, the Buckeyes claimed the Big Ten Championship, the 10th conference title in program history. Ohio State then went on to race well on the final day of the NCAA Championships to claim eighth nationally. The Buckeyes have made the NCAA event 22 times in program history.
Her first year as a Buckeye also was a success. The Buckeyes appeared in their 21st NCAA Tournament in 2021, entering the event as one of 12 at-large selections. All three NCAA boats qualified for the championships after a second-place finish in the 2021 Big Ten Regatta.
The Ohio State 1V8 ended the 2021 campaign No. 7 (NCAA No. 7 seed) behind the No. 5 2V8 (NCAA No. 6 seed) and the No. 4 1V4 (NCAA No. 6 seed).
Ruden returned to Bloomington after a three-year stint as an assistant at Navy. While with Navy, she was part of a staff that earned back-to-back CRCA Region 2 Staff of the Year honors as the Midshipmen earned Patriot League titles in her two seasons. She coached the First Varsity 4 boat, which finished 14th place at NCAA Championships in 2018, the highest finish in program history.
During her time as a student-athlete in Bloomington, Ruden competed with the Hoosiers’ crew team and served as the coxswain for the varsity four boat that finished in 13th place at the 2015 NCAA Championships and with the varsity eight boat that placed 16th nationally as a senior in 2016.
She graduated from the Kelley School of Business with a degree in marketing in May 2016.