20 December 2022
USRowing announced in a press release yesterday that Jesse Foglia has been named Head Coach of the USRowing Training Center – Princeton.
Foglia, who has been the Assistant Heavyweight Men’s Coach at Harvard University for six seasons, is not a newcomer to USRowing. He has spent several years coaching Under-19, Under-23 and senior national team athletes and boats for USRowing at the international level.
“I would like to thank Josy [Verdonkschot] and the rest of USRowing for this opportunity,” Foglia said in a statement. “I have been tremendously lucky over the course of my career to have worked with some fantastic mentors and inspiring and talented athletes. Tom [Terhaar] and Laurel [Korholz] devoted over a decade to building the USRowing Training Center – Princeton into a force on the international stage, with numerous Olympic and world championship medalists. Building off that foundation, I look forward to partnering with the current athletes and facilitating their success as we move toward Paris and Los Angeles.”
Foglia started working with the USRowing Under-19 team in 2009 and was the head coach for the Under-23 team since 2021; his men’s eight took silver in 2021 and 2022, men’s coxed four took bronze in 2021 and silver in 2022.
Prior to coaching at Harvard, Foglia was an Assistant Lightweight Coach at Columbia University for three years where he helped lead the program to its first IRA National Championship in 2016. He also served as a men’s and women’s Assistant Coach at Bates College between 2011 and 2013.
“I am excited that Jesse is on board, and the athletes at the training center are looking forward for him to get started,” said Josy Verdonkschot, USRowing Chief High Performance Officer. “As head coach of the training center, his main responsibility is to run the program in Princeton and prepare the athletes for next year’s selection events. I am totally confident that he will do a great job.”