MONDAY, AUGUST 17, 2009
JU names Kris Muhl head women’s rowing coach
Kris Muhl, a former assistant women’s varsity coach and director of operations at Oklahoma last season, was named head coach of the Dolphin women’s rowing program on Monday.
Muhl, who brings 14 years of rowing experience as both a competitor and coach, will take over the JU women’s program after Anna Talucci resigned during the summer to continue her academic pursuits.
“We are excited for Kris to join our coaching staff,” said Mitchell. “He has worked with some great coaches and programs and has proven that he can produce fast crews, but the best attribute Kris brings is his passion for the sport of rowing. We have lofty goals in mind for our women’s program, and I know he will help the women’s team to effectively reach those goals. I look forward to seeing just how far Kris can take the program.”
Muhl joins the Dolphins after spending last season at Oklahoma as an assistant varsity coach and director of operations for the Sooner women’s rowing program. During his time at OU, he dealt with all aspects of the program including arranging team and recruit travel while also training and coaching openweight rowers.
“I am very excited for the opportunity to join the JU coaching staff and head up the women's program,” said Muhl. “The entire JU rowing program has made great strides under Jim Mitchell's leadership and the program has continued to improve due to the help of his tremendous staff. I see a lot that is good at JU - an outstanding academic institution with a beautiful and scenic campus, strong administrative and alumni support and a fantastic-on campus-boathouse. I am eager to capitalize on those strengths as we try to expand on the program's previous successes.”
Prior to Oklahoma, Coach Muhl spent one year at UCF where he coached the Women’s Varsity Lightweight program. Muhl helped the LW8 earn a No. 3 national ranking during the season after defeating perennial lightweight power Radcliffe on its home course. He also led the boat to a gold medal at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta with significant open water en route to a nomination for 2007-08 Lightweight “Coach of the Year.”
Before joining the UCF rowing staff, Muhl spent three seasons at Cal as the assistant coach and director of operations for the men's rowing team. During his time with the Golden Bears, the program won Men’s Varsity 8 and Men’s Freshmen 8 national titles, a team national championship and Pac-10 Conference titles for team and individual boats.
Prior to Cal, Muhl spent the 2004 season as head coach of the Iowa Men's Rowing Club after serving four years as an assistant coach with the program.
He began his coaching career as the head novice men’s coach with the Northwestern Rowing Club from 1999-03, where he helped the men to a second-place finish in the Midwest Sprints and a fourth-place finish at the Dad Vail Regatta.
Muhl received his bachelor's degree in Portuguese and political science from Iowa in 1997 before earning his master's in business administration from Loyola University Chicago in 1999. He also earned his US Rowing Level I, II and III coaching certification.