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Beavers Announce Additions to Coaching Staff

Aug 3, 2022

CORVALLIS – The Oregon State women's rowing team has added Dan Harrison and Abby Ernst to its coaching staff, head coach Kate Maxim announced Wednesday. In addition, Michael Eichler has been promoted from assistant coach to associate head coach.
"Mike has played critical role in elevating the program up the national ranks," Maxim said. "He is an outstanding recruiter who invests in the student-athletes from initial identification through the transition to campus. Mike is also great at teaching and developing rowers to be strong boat movers and aggressive racers. His recruiting and coaching skillsets have supported significant speed gains from the top V8 through the 3V8.
"Mike is always eager to learn and routinely generates great ideas affecting all facets for the program from equipment, to alumni events, to training and competitive team building activities. Mike will continue in his primary duty as recruiting coordinator while partnering with me to develop the V8 and 2V8 for the upcoming year. I am very grateful for the opportunity to work with Mike and very excited to promote him into the Associate Head Coach role."
Eichler joined the Oregon State staff in 2017, helping the Beavers both as an assistant coach and in the role of recruiting coordinator. He helped guide Oregon State to the NCAA Championships this season, as the Beavers placed 14th in the team's first appearance in the event since 2009. Eichler also helped OSU to back-to-back fourth-place finishes at the Pac-12 Championships.
Prior to joining the Beavers, Eichler worked at Rutgers and Princeton. A graduated of Binghampton, he captained the Bearcats rowing program.
Harrison returns the Oregon State staff after spending the last five seasons with the Michigan women's rowing program. He coached the Wolverine freshman boat to Big 10 championships in 2019 and 2021. During his tenure, Harrison helped grow Michigan's recruiting class size by 400 percent and increased the retention of freshman athletes by 50 percent.
Harrison served as an assistant coach at Oregon State from 2015-17, helping guide Oregon State to a sixth place finish in the Pac-12 in the final season of his first stint with the program.
Ernst comes to Oregon State after spending the 2021-22 campaign at Ohio State, where she served as boatrigger and volunteer assistant coach. In that role she assisted with regatta operations, and helped maintain and repair equipment, amongst numerous other duties. Prior to her time with the Buckeyes, she worked for both Iowa and Wisconsin, serving roles both in coaching an operations.
Earning her graduate degree from Wisconsin and her undergraduate degree from Ohio State, Ernst has also spent time in the Pacific Northwest, as she started her undergraduate studies at Washington and worked at the Seattle Rowing Center.
"We are thrilled to welcome Abby and Dan to the coaching staff," Maxim said. "Abby's experience as an athlete at two exceptional rowing programs combined with her work experience in a spectrum of roles at three Big Ten institutions that have a history of success on the national stage will provide perspective and new ideas to the program. Dan already has an inside understanding of what makes Oregon State a special place for student-athletes having worked here before. He went on to learn from a prominent Big Ten program where he recruited and developed novices that not only performed well in their first year but also returned to the program and went on to contribute to the NCAA squad.
"We have always built a collaborative staff and I have shifted coaching duties year to year based on the needs of the program. Abby and Dan are eager to dive into that collaborative model and will lead the charge in elevating recruitment and development of novices that will undoubtedly make their way into the NCAA as well as fill out the 4s, 3V8 and N8 events. They will also be involved in recruiting and developing experienced athletes in addition to the many other operational tasks we tackle together as a staff. They are both passionate about teaching and understand that being successful at this level requires so much more than coaching boats on the water. They both have reputations for being extremely hard workers and creative problem solvers. I am certain Dan and Abby will have an immediate impact on our team."
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).