Tulsa Adds Former Clemson Head Coach Richard Ruggieri to Rowing Staff
Oct. 30, 2013
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Richard Ruggieri, who led Clemson women's rowing to NCAA appearances and an ACC title, has been named as assistant rowing coach at The University of Tulsa, it was announced today by Head Coach Kevin Harris. After three seasons at Clemson, Ruggieri has spent the past three years as a rowing consultant.
"I am incredibly excited to have someone of Richard's experience on the Tulsa staff," Harris said. "I look forward to him continuing his success at Tulsa, and we are looking forward to making the team faster and doing great things in the future."
Ruggieri served as the head coach for the Clemson women's rowing team from 2007 to 2010, where he led the Tigers to two NCAA Championship appearances, an ACC Championship, two ACC Championship runner-up performances and three top-15 finishes.
Ruggieri guided the Clemson Varsity 8+ to its first appearance in the NCAA Championship in 2008, and a year later the team to its first appearance, where the Varsity 4+ captured the program's first national championship in program history. He coached five athletes to Division I Pocock All-America accolades, 14 to CRCA All-South Region honors, and was named as the 2009 ACC Coach of the Year, and 2008 and 2009 CRCA South Region Coach of the Year.
Prior to Clemson, Ruggieri was the head women's rowing coach at Louisville (2000-2007) and the director of rowing at Bates College (1999-2000). He also served as a coach for Penn Athletic Club (1996-99), the Olympic Trials squad (1995-96) and was the Head Coach for the U23 USRowing National Team (1994-95).
Ruggieri replaces the position vacated by Taurii Coyne, who accepted an assistant coaching position at Miami.
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