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Christiina (Tymoszewicz) Donley will mark her ninth season with the Michigan State rowing program in 2012-13 and her sixth as the varsity assistant and Varsity Four coach. Donley previously worked with the Spartans' novices for three seasons.
Donley has led the fours to some of their most successful seasons in program history. In 2008, Donley's V4 and 2V4 both captured Big Ten Championships as well as the South Central Open 4 Championship.
In the summer of 2007, Donley coached the USA Junior National development camp in New London, Conn.
Donley came to MSU with 12 years of rowing experience under her belt and is certified in US Rowing Coaching Levels I, II and III.
Prior to coming to Michigan State, Donley served as assistant coach and recruitment coordinator at Marietta College, where she coached novices, collaborated with the head coach to develop workouts, organized regattas and directed all facets of recruiting.
"It's exciting, because rowing is a sport that some people do not even know about when they come into college," Donley said. "It is something that a person with no previous experience can excel at. I think that it is fantastic to have the opportunity to walk on to a sport in college and to be great at it."
Donley also dedicated time to coaching at Boston University's Holly Hatton Racing Camp, as well as coaching a two-week children's summer rowing camp at Marietta, both in July 2003.
Before that, Donley served as junior women's coach at St. Catharines Rowing Club in St. Catharines, Ontario, as well as a rowing school instructor for the club. She also assisted the novice coach at her alma mater, Northeastern, from Sept. 2001-June 2002.
As a four-year letterwinner at Northeastern, Donley earned NCAA First-Team All-American honors, First-Team All-New England honors and was named both "most valuable" and "most inspirational" rower on her team. Donley also rowed for the Canadian Junior National Team in 1996, representing Canada at the Junior World Championship in Scotland.
The St. Catharines, Ontario native earned her B.S. in human services from Northeastern in 2002 and went on to earn her M.A. in education from Marietta in 2004. She currently lives in Lansing with her husband Paul and daughters Morgan and Nora.
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