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Liz England Joins Spartan Rowing Staff

July 24, 2017

MSU rowing coach Matt Weise has announced the addition of Liz England to the Spartan rowing staff. England is a former collegiate rower and coach at Washington State, as well as a member of the USA U23 team in 2012.

“I think that Liz is a great addition to our staff,” said Weise of his newest addition. “She fits in great with us and will work well with Katie Bitz in developing our freshmen/novice rowers, and will be an asset in assisting [recruiting coordinator] Samantha Sarff with our recruiting efforts. She brings a great energy and work ethic and I am excited to see what we can do with a full staff. We’re looking forward to Liz’s contributions to our staff and the program.”

“I am really excited to be part of the staff here at Michigan State,” noted England. “Michigan State University has a lot to offer student-athletes, and it is really exciting to be a part of a university with so much passion and school pride. Matt , Sam, and Katie are all people that I am excited to work with and learn from.”

Most recently, England was on the staff at her alma mater, assisting with the novice program in addition to taking on all the program operations duties in regards to team travel, coordinating recruiting visits, and maintaining program compliance. She helped bring in the largest recruiting class in program history that will arrive on the Pullman campus in the fall of 2017.

A native of Richlands, Va., England transferred to Washington State for the 2009-10 season after spending freshman year at Clemson. As a sophomore, she rowed with the varsity four and second varsity eight crews, finishing eighth with the second varsity eight boat at the 2010 NCAA Championships. England rowed with the varsity eight and second varsity eight crews as a junior, helping the second varsity eight boat to a 10th-place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships. She rowed with the varsity eight boat as a senior and was named to the 2012 U.S. Under-23 Team the following summer. She raced in the straight four at the 2012 U23 Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.



She returned to Pullman as an assistant novice rowing coach for the 2013 season, then moved on to the Riverside Boat Club from 2013-15 in Boston. She was a part of the High Performance Group in addition to lending her skills as the media coordinator, participating in several national selection regattas as an athlete while leading sponsorship and community outreach initiatives and directing the Club’s social media content for those outreach initiatives. She enrolled at Boston University to complete her master’s degree in Coaching and Physical Education while serving as a graduate assistant coach and working with the Terrier fours during the 2016 season. In the summer of 2016, she was an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s summer racing teams at the New York Athletic Club before accepting the position at Washington State.

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