Bart Thompson Rounds Out Coaching Staff with Former Washington Husky Sarah Hartigan

Sarah Hartigan (second from right in the action photo) joins the Adrian College coaching staff after competing for NCAA rowing national power University of Washington during her collegiate days. (Photo provided)
Sarah Hartigan (second from right in the action photo) joins the Adrian College coaching staff after competing for NCAA rowing national power University of Washington during her collegiate days. (Photo provided)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian College head coach Bart Thompson has announced that Sarah Hartigan has joined the Bulldogs' inaugural men's and women's rowing squads as a volunteer assistant coach. She complements Cory Conzemius who was hired in July.

“I am so thankful that our program will have Sarah with us in this, our inaugural year," Thompson said. "She brings energy, knowledge, and a great work ethic to our staff. Having someone of her caliber moving to Adrian from the West Coast, with the pedigree that she has from Newport Aquatic Center and the University of Washington, is a true blessing.”

Hartigan joins the Bulldogs after being a part of the University of Washington’s NCAA Division I women’s rowing program in Seattle. Before her rowing career, Hartigan was a competitive USA swimmer for 12 years in Orange County, California. During her senior year of high school, Hartigan made the decision to pursue rowing at the Newport Aquatic Center in Newport Beach, CA. This decision was the genesis of her admiration and respect for the sport that continues to this day.

When asked what were some of her key reasons in wanting to become a part of this program’s development, Hartigan stated, “I truly love the sport of rowing and the possibilities that it has as an athletic discipline to change a person’s life—not only athletically but personally.  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity not to continue to be involved in the sport. I have too much love for rowing to not want to give back and instill the information that I have gained from my rowing career to others that come through Adrian College’s rowing program this upcoming year and beyond. Additionally, I was immensely impressed by the amount of support that the college and community has given the program with regards to the boathouse facilities and the hiring of upstanding rowing coaches in Bart Thompson and Cory Conzemius. I look forward to working with them and the student-athletes to set the framework for the beginning of a longstanding tradition of rowing success here at Adrian College!”

Hartigan graduated from the University of Washington in June of 2018 with a bachelor of science degree in speech and hearing sciences. Along with her position at Adrian College, Hartigan will also be serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member through the Lenawee Community Foundation in Tecumseh, Mich., with the task of creating a college going culture through greater access to educational opportunities and financial support services in Lenawee County.

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(TRANSACTION: Adrian College--Sarah Hartigan named men's and women's volunteer assistant rowing coach.)