Steve Todd Named Assistant Men's Crew Coach

Oct. 18, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - -

Steve Todd has been named the new assistant men's crew coach at Oregon State University, head coach Kjell Oswald announced Friday.

Todd, who rowed collegiately at the University of Washington from 1996-1999, assumes the role vacated by Oswald when he accepted the head coaching position in September.

Todd will assist in the development of the varsity squad as well as developing the incoming walkon and freshmen recruits.

'I'm excited to have Steve on board,' Oswald said. 'While racing at Washington, Steve won a national championship as a sophomore and helped the varsity eight place in the top three nationally as a junior and senior, so he has tremendous knowledge of racing at the highest level of our sport.

'Steve brings an intensity to the freshman program; the freshmen who make it through the first year under Steve's guidance will come to the varsity program with a much better grasp of the work ethic we're looking for.'

Todd comes to Oregon State from Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., where he served as the men's freshman coach from August of 2001 to September of 2002.

Prior to accepting the position at Georgetown, Todd was an intern coach and boathouse manager at Washington for two seasons from 1999-2001.

Todd was the assistant freshman coach during that time, and helped guide the freshman boat to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national championship in 2001 and a silver medal in 2000.

'Steve and I have very similar philosophies as far as collegiate rowing,' Oswald said. 'Our teams will work hard for the payoff, but it doesn't need to be a chore everyday; we both have relaxed personalities, which create a compatible work environment.

Added Todd: 'I'm very excited to be back in the Pac-10. The Pac-10 has been one of the most competitive conferences in collegiate racing, and hopefully I can help Kjell continue to elevate the OSU program.

'Kjell and I share the same competitive philosophy on rowing, and together, I think we can make it work.'

Todd's collegiate career included helping Washington's varsity eight earn medalist honors in 1998 and 1999. As a member of the junior varsity in 1997, his boat won the IRA national championship and the Huskies swept all three major races at the IRAs.

Todd's boat and the Washington crew also won the Pacific-10 Championship in 1997.

In 1997, Todd competed in the Henley Royal Regatta in the Temple Cup event.

A native of Kirkland, Wash., Todd graduated from the University of Washington in 2000 with a degree in Speech Communication with an emphasis in organizational and small group communication.

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