Parkman Resigns as Head Coach of Willamette Rowing Teams

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Head Rowing Coach Susan Parkman of Willamette University has resigned effective in early September. Parkman, who began coaching at Willamette in the spring of 2006, is leaving her position with the Bearcats to work with the Lake Oswego (Ore.) Community Rowing program.

Parkman's new position will drastically reduce her daily commuting time from the Portland area and will allow her to spend more time with her family and on her hobbies as a photographer and a painter. Parkman will be working with the Athletics Department at Willamette to help create a smooth transition for the rowing teams.

During her six years of coaching Willamette's teams, Parkman led the women's rowing team to several Top 15 national rankings in NCAA Division III and to rankings at the regional level. The women's lightweight 8+ received votes in the national rankings among all three NCAA divisions in 2009 and was invited to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championships.

"From her commitment to individual student-athletes to her leadership within the national rowing community, Coach Parkman has been a wonderful teacher, mentor, and ambassador for Willamette University," said Athletic Director David Rigsby. "Her dedication to Willamette rowing is unparalleled and will be difficult to replace."

Highlights for Willamette rowing during her tenure include an at-large bid and 11th place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship Regatta in 2009, a fifth place finish in the women's collegiate 4+ at Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston in 2007, as well as 11th place in the WC4+ at the Head of the Charles Regatta in 2008.

In addition, Hillary Andrus was named First Team All-America in 2008-09 and 2009-10 and Laura Jones earned Second Team All-America honors in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Numerous men's and women's rowers received All-Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference recognition. Parkman was chosen Women's Coach of the Year by the NCRC in 2008-09.

The Willamette women's team won the Efficiency Award for exceptional overall results at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships in the spring of 2010. The award honors the team with the highest average number of points won per event.

With guidance from Parkman, Andrus was chosen to participate in the U.S. Women's Rowing Under-23 National Team Selection Camp in 2010. She previously competed at the U.S. Rowing Pre-Elite Camp in 2009.

Susan Parkman became Willamette's head rowing coach in the spring of 2006.