Tulsa Rowing Names Natasha Ostopovich as Assistant Coach
July 23, 2014
Tulsa, Oklahoma - The University of Tulsa rowing program named Natasha Ostopovich as an assistant coach, filling a newly created position, while Arielle Tillou will move into the Graduate Assistant role vacated by Ostopovich.
As a graduate assistant, Ostopovich helped coach the 3V8 to a bronze medal finish at the C-USA Championships in 2014, while working primarily with walk-ons and freshmen. She was also able to complete her thesis on Division I student-athletes and how they define and set goals, which earned her a master's degree in educational studies.
Ostopovich was a four-year letterwinner at Washington State where she rowed in the Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+ and Collegiate 4+ throughout her career. She helped the Second Varsity 8+ record an eighth-place finish at the 2008 and 2011 NCAA Championships, and post a ninth-place performance in 2010. As a junior, Ostopovich also rowed the Second Varsity 8+ to third-place marks at the San Diego Crew Classic and Lake Natoma Invitational, and a fourth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships.
A native of Ontario, Canada, Ostopovich earned her bachelor's degree in kinesiology, health and fitness teaching in 2012 from Washington State.
"We are all extremely excited to promote Natasha as a full time staff member," Head Coach Kevin Harris said. "Her duties will focus mainly on our youngest rowers and recruiting. We've had a lot of support from the Golden Hurricane community to make this happen and we are grateful for it. Dr. Upham and Dr. Gragg were very supportive as well, as this added position allows us to foster a better student-athlete experience for the women on the rowing team, which is always our primary goal."
Tillou was a four-year letterwinner and member of the Varsity 8+ at Tulsa. She was selected to the 2012 All-Conference USA team, helped the Varsity 8+ earn fifth-place marks at the 2011 and 2012 C-USA Championships, captured the 2008 Midwest Intercollegiate Rowing Championship gold medal in the Eight, and helped claim the Lawless Cup three times.
Tillou was a learn-to-row instructor for the Tulsa Youth Rowing Association before serving as the Varsity Girls' coach from 2012-14. She helped coach the Junior 4+ to a first-place finish at the 2012 Wichita Frostbite and a second-place mark at the 2013 Oklahoma City Invitational. Tillou also coached the Varsity 4x to a first-place finish at the 2014 Oklahoma City Invitational and the Lightweight 4+ to a third-place mark at the 2014 Central Youth Rowing Championships.
She holds a US Rowing Level II coaching certification.
A native of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Tillou earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Tulsa in 2012.
"Arielle was a fantastic student-athlete at Tulsa and will be a welcome addition to our staff," Harris said. "She has spent the last two years teaching elementary education in the Tulsa Public Schools and coaching for the Tulsa Youth Rowing Association. We are excited to have her working with our novice athletes and assisting in recruiting. Her experiences away from Tulsa are going to be real assets as she approaches graduate school and coaching at this level."
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