Women's Rowing Athletic Communications

Kate Maxim Named Oregon State’s Women’s Rowing Head Coach

Maxim returns to OSU after spending five years at Princeton

Corvallis – Kate Maxim, one of the most accomplished young coaches in the country, has been appointed head women's rowing coach at Oregon State University, Vice President/Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Friday.
Maxim returns to Oregon State, where she served as an assistant coach from 2006-12, after spending the last five years as the assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Princeton University.
"We're excited to bring Coach Maxim back to Oregon State to represent Beaver Nation," Barnes said. "Her enthusiasm, passion, and vision for our program are evident. Coach Maxim's strong attributes make her a great fit to elevate our program in the nation's elite conference."
Maxim assisted Princeton to four Ivy League titles, including three in the last four years. She also
led the V4+ to the NCAA grand final in two of the last three years.
"I want to thank Scott Barnes and Kimya Massey (senior associate A.D.) for offering me this very special opportunity to re-connect with OSU in a new role," Maxim said. "My goal is to empower the team as they pursue their best version of themselves as students, athletes, and as members of Beaver Nation.  I hope to imbue my passion for challenge and to inspire the team to be daring in their pursuit of championship level performance."
Maxim began her initial tenure at OSU in September of 2006, where she served as an assistant coach and director of the novice program until August of 2012. She assisted the Beavers to a top-15 NCAA finish and several top-four appearances at the Pac-12 Championships.
 "As a young coach, I was mentored by exceptional people at Oregon State and that was a very formative time for me professionally and personally," Maxim added. "Since then, I have learned a great deal from my years at Princeton University and would like to thank head coach Lori Dauphiny and the Princeton team for challenging me to grow into a better coach."
During her previous stint at OSU, Maxim recruited and introduced several top level athletes to the sport of rowing through the novice squad. Many of those athletes went on to have significant impacts on the program. Among some of Maxim's novices were former Beaver and Olympian Devery Karz and recent OSU interim head coach Allison Foster
"Kate was my first coach at OSU and I'm confident that she will support and push this team to the championship program we strive to be," said Foster, who will now assume the role as an assistant coach for the Beavers.
Maxim was a standout rower at the University of Michigan where she earned All-America honors in 2003 and was named the school's rowing athlete of the year the same season. She helped the Wolverines to three Big Ten Conference titles.
She is a 2003 graduate of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in English and earned both university scholar and national scholar athlete honors. Maxim earned a JD Degree from the Lewis & Clark Law School in 2009, where she also worked as an assistant coach for the 2004-2006 academic years, helping the Pioneers to the NCRC Conference title in 2006.
Maxim is married to former OSU rower Erik Dresser and they have a son, Leif.
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