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Missy Fiesler Named Assistant Rowing Coach

Missy Fiesler Named Assistant Rowing Coach

July 30, 2009

CLEMSON, SC – Missy Fiesler has been named an assistant rowing coach as announced by Clemson¹s Head Rowing Coach Richard Ruggieri.

In this role, Fiesler will work primarily with the Varsity 4s under the guidance of Head Coach Richard Ruggieri. In addition to her coaching duties, Missy will coordinate team operations while assisting Recruiting Coordinator Robbie Tenenbaum. Specifically, Missy will focus upon promoting Clemson University and its Rowing program on-campus, in South Carolina and domestically.

“I am honored and excited to reach out and show why Clemson is a special place,” said Fiesler. “When you combine the academics, athletic support, world-class facilities, and coaching it comes as no surprise why Clemson has reached this level of excellence.”

Missy comes to this position after prior experience with the Stanford Cardinal. Missy was the second assistant coach at Stanford University from 2005-2007.

“I am excited about Missy joining our staff,” said Ruggieri. “She brings a work-ethic and level of success which will help support the philosophy of Clemson Rowing. I am confident our rowers will get the very best.”

Fiesler began rowing in high school for Stanton College Preparatory School in Jacksonville, FL. In 2000, she rowed for the US Junior National Team where she won a gold medal in the Junior 4 event at the 2000 World Championships and also finished fourth in the Women¹s 8 at the same event. Fiesler then went on to row for Stanford University. With Stanford she earned the first Pac-10 Championship for the Stanford Women’s Varsity eight, and took sixth, third, and 11th at NCAA’s in 2002, 2003, and 2005. In 2004, Fiesler helped Stanford earn a gold medal at the Women’s Henley Regatta in England in the Senior Coxed Four event.

Fiesler also received individual honors while at Stanford. She was named Rowing MVP in 2004 and was named Team Captain in 2005. National awards included being named all four years to the All-PAC-Ten team. She also was named an All-American in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She graduated with a degree in economics.

With the hiring of Fiesler the rowing staff is now complete. Tenenbaum will work with the varsity 8s and coordinate all areas of recruiting. Erin Ruggieri will continue to volunteer taking over the duties of coaching the freshman and novice programs. Adam Bruce will be the team graduate assistant and will oversee both rowing facilities and its fleet.

“It is a wonderful time to coach at Clemson. I am thankful that we assembled such a dedicated group of individuals all committed to making Clemson Rowing the very best,” said Ruggieri. “As we move towards the future this level of trust, commitment and passion will serve us well.”

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