Ford Completes Women’s Rowing Staff

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State women’s head rowing coach Emily Ford has completed her coaching staff in time for the 2014 fall season with the additions of Jamie Croly as an assistant coach and John Schneider as the program’s rigger, she announced Tuesday.

“Jamie is a perfect fit to help us get this team to the next level,” Ford said. “He possesses a deep knowledge of our sport as well as a fantastic track record of success. His ability to develop high achieving rowers will have a great impact on our program.”

Croly, a native of Gauteng, South Africa, has coached rowing at St. Stithians College working for the past 15 years with the boys and girls first-team boats. During that time, Croly’s crews earned 38 medals at the South Africa Schools Championships, including 13 golds.

He coached South Africa’s junior team from 2004-09 during which time three of his boats qualified to the A Final at the Junior World Championships.

In 2012 and 2013, Croly coached the South Africa Universities Rowing Team winning a gold medal in the lightweight single sculls in 2012 and a silver in the women’s 4-.

Croly studied physical education at the University of the Witwatersrand, graduating in 2002.

Schneider joins the program as the team’s rigger. His responsibilities will include the maintenance of all of the program’s equipment as well as the boathouse. He’ll assist in the transport of the team’s boats to and from events.

With decades of experience in athletics as a physical education teacher, coach and athletic director in Colorado and Oregon, Schneider brings a wealth of knowledge to the program. In addition, Schneider owned a residential home maintenance business in Boulder, Colo., and worked as facilities director for Yosemite Institute (now Nature Bridge) in Yosemite National Park and more recently did facilities work while teaching at Ashbrook School in Corvallis.

“I hired John because of his great vision,” Ford said. “He has high standards for how this program should be presented and he has already had a tremendous impact on our facitilities and equipment. There is no bigger Beaver fan than John so I am confident he will assure we have the best facility and equipment support there is.”

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Schneider earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in wilderness leadership from Prescott College in 1988 and a second BA in geography from the University of Colorado in 1997. His wife, Hannah, is a tenured professor of geography at Oregon State.

“I am excited about the power of our whole staff,” Ford said. “It is full of people who are highly compelled and extremely qualified to take Oregon State to the top of Division I women’s rowing. It is an exciting time at the Oregon State boathouse.”

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