July 21, 2014
East Lansing, Michigan- - Michigan State rowing coach Matt Weise has announced the addition of Helen Tilghman to the Spartan staff as an assistant coach. Tilghman comes to East Lansing after a year each at Dayton and Seattle, and rowed collegiately at Washington (2008-12).
"Helen is a bright young coach who had some excellent rowing experience both in high school and college," said Weise. "Washington is a high-level program with a history of success, and her experience with teaching and coaching both young and collegiate rowers will be an asset to our staff. We're excited to welcome her to our program and are looking forward to getting the 2015 season underway."
Tilghman joins the Spartan staff after a year as the novice coach at the University of Dayton, coordinating walk-on tryouts and teaching the technical aspects of the sport to the first-year rowers. The previous year, she was an assistant at Seattle University while finishing her graduate degree. Her coaching experience includes stints as the head coach at the Montlake Rowing Club and the master's coach for the Lake Union Crew, both in Seattle. She served as a coaching intern for the Craftsbury Schuling Center in Craftsbury, Vermont, and also served as a varsity girl's assistant coach and master's head coach with the Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center in Seattle, where she began her rowing career in 2003.
Tilghman, who owns both an undergraduate degree in linguistics and a master of education degree in intercollegiate athletic leadership from Washington, was a four-year letterwinner for the Huskies. During her time at Washington she served as an NCAA Convention delegate in 2013, was commodore of the Washington Varsity Boat Club and was an NCAA Career in Sports Forum participant in 2011.
She is a member of Pi Lambda Theta, the national honor society of educators, and was also awarded Washington's 2012 Faculty Merit Award in intercollegiate athletic leadership.