COLUMBUS, Ohio—Taylor Ruden will begin her first season as an assistant coach at Ohio State in 2020-21 after spending a season at Indiana as an assistant coach with Indiana Rowing, Kate Sweeney, head coach of the Buckeyes, announced Wednesday.
“I am eager to welcome Taylor to the Buckeye family,” Sweeney said. “I’ve known her since she was a student-athlete and have always been impressed with her level of character and work ethic. She’s done a great job everywhere she’s been and I am excited for her to start working with our student-athletes.”
Ruden returned to Bloomington a year ago 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.
“I want to thank Kate Sweeney and Janine Oman for this opportunity,” Ruden said. “I am very excited to be joining the Buckeye family! Ohio State Rowing is incredibly rich in tradition, success and fosters an environment of excellence for all its student-athletes and staff members. I am honored to have the chance to continue that with the next generation of Buckeyes.”