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Rowing Welcomes Biging, Dougherty

Sep 16, 2020

STANFORD, Calif. – Building upon the program's history of success, Stanford women's rowing has announced the addition of two assistant coaches, Megan Biging and Sarah Dougherty.

"We are thrilled to welcome Megan and Sarah to the team," said head coach Derek Byrnes. "Megan brings a wealth of coaching and recruiting experience that will be invaluable to our staff. She is highly regarded and I know are student-athletes will connect with her right away. Sarah brings an array of impressive accomplishments to the Farm. As a multiple time world champion, senior national team member and All-American collegiate rower, Sarah has basically lived it."

Biging has spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at USC, including the last three as the first assistant and recruiting coordinator. Biging helped the Trojans maintain a top-20 national ranking while managing the second varsity eight over the past three seasons. A 2007 graduate of USC, she helped her alma mater to a fourth place finish at the 2011 NCAA Championships, the best in program history.

Biging also worked as the head coach for Radnor Girls Crew Club from 2007-11, and holds a world record in the Great Pacific Race as part of the fastest all-female pair across the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Dougherty has spent the last 16 months as Head Masters Coach and Head Novice Girls Coach at Texas Rowing Center in Austin, Texas. The coaching experience came on the heels of nearly four years as an athlete for USRowing, where she trained as a full-time rower in preparation for the Olympics in Tokyo. She has consistently medaled for the United States at world championships, including golds at the 2015 and 2016 U23 Championships in the 8+ and 4-.

Daugherty was a four-year member of the rowing team at Washington, where she graduated in 2016 and was an All-American and first team All-Pac-12 selection as a senior.

Stanford was ranked No. 2 when the season was canceled, receiving three of the 25 first-place votes in the coaches' association poll. In 2019, Stanford placed second at the Pac-12 Championships and was fourth at the NCAA Championships.