LaRiviere Announces Additions to Rowing Staff
PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State Women's Rowing Head Coach Jane LaRiviere announced the additions of Chris Bailey-Greene, Kelley Glennon, and Sam Helmick-Schwarzmiller to WSU's coaching staff Friday, August 26. LaRiviere also named former Cougar rower Emma Barrett director of operations.
Bailey-Greene, Glennon, and Helmick-Schwarzmiller each will serve as assistant coaches for the Cougars. Bailey-Greene will work with the varsity boats and also hold the title of recruiting coordinator. Glennon will coach the novice team, while Helmick-Schwarzmiller will work with both the varsity and novice programs.
"I am delighted to welcome Chris, Sam, and Kelley to the Palouse," said LaRiviere. "We have been in the office for a couple weeks now and it is clear the Cougs are in good hands. They are all hard working and enthusiastic and I can't wait to see the positive impact they all have on our student-athletes."
Prior to joining the Cougars, Bailey-Greene spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Gonzaga, where he helped the Bulldogs to back-to-back West Coast Conference Championships in 2021 and 2022. Bailey-Greene brings a heap of Pac-12 rowing experience to the Cougar staff, as he spent two years as the top assistant coach for the Oregon State men's rowing team. During his time in Corvallis, the Beavers finished fourth at the 2019 Pac-12 Rowing Championships to earn a berth into the IRA National Championships.
Bailey-Greene has also spent time as an assistant coach at Yale and the New York Athletic Club. During his time with Yale's men's rowing team, the Bulldogs won the 2018 IRA Varsity 8+ National Championship. He was a four-year member of the rowing team at Brown University, where the team was ranked inside the top five nationally each season. He is also a Level III Certified US Rowing coach.
"Not only does Chris bring considerable Division I coaching experience to WSU, he is a superb recruiter," LaRiviere said of Bailey-Greene. "Chris is intelligent, focused and passionate about rowing. His wealth of knowledge will have an immediate and positive impact on our current team and many future Cougs. I am excited to work with him."
Helmick-Schwarzmiller comes to the Palouse after a two-year stint as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she worked with both the varsity and novice teams. During her time at UCO, the Bronchos won their third-straight NCAA Division II National Championship during the 2021 season, then finished fifth at the 2022 NCAA Division II National Championship. Helmick-Schwarzmiller is a native of Lake Stevens, Washington, and rowed for SMU from 2017-19. She helped the Mustangs post a program-best second-place finish at the 2019 American Athletic Conference Championships.
Glennon, a native of Barnstable, Massachusetts, makes the cross-country trek to Pullman after spending a season as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Massachusetts. Glennon was a four-year member of the Minutewomen rowing team and earned All-Atlantic 10 First Team honors in 2021 after helping the First Varsity Eight finish fourth at the A-10 Championships.
Barrett stays on with the Cougars as director of operations after a five-year stint on the WSU women's rowing team from 2017-22. During her time with WSU, Barrett was a two-time CRCA Scholar Student-Athlete and a three-time Pac-12 Spring Academic Honor Roll selection. In the water, Barrett helped Washington State to the 2021 NCAA Rowing Championships, where she competed with the First Varsity Eight.
"Both Sam and Kelley knocked the recruiting process out of the park.," said LaRiviere of her two new assistant coaches. "They are wise beyond their years, relatable, energetic, smart and fun. The varsity team and our next generation of novice rowers are in great hands with Sam and Kelley."
"We are very fortunate to have retained Emma Barrett. Emma has been a great team leader the last couple of years and I knew she would make a great Director of Ops. It has been awesome to have Emma in the office, she knows the lay of the land and has been a huge help acclimate our new staff. "
For more information on the WSU Cougar rowing team, and for exclusive content, follow @WSUCougarRowing on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.