Rowing to Head to Indianapolis in Search of Big Ten Title
Annie Knill enters her second season as an assistant coach for the Maize and Blue, working with Michigan's varsity squad, after serving the previous three years as a graduate assistant for the Wolverines. In her first year with the varsity team, Knill helped lead Michigan to it's first Big Ten team crown since 2004.
In her three years directing the first and second novice eights, the crews enjoyed tremendous success accruing 50 wins against just four losses. U-M's first and second novice eights each won their respective Big Ten title in 2011. The first novice eight was the Big Ten runner-up in 2009 and 2010.
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Four-year letterwinner at Michigan (2005-08) Raced in U-M 1V8 and 2V8 during her career Two-time Academic All-Big Ten Directed novice team to Big Ten title in 2011
The Rochester, Mich., native earned her bachelor's degree in movement science from the University of Michigan in the spring of 2008. She earned her master's degree in sport management from U-M in 2010. A four-year letterwinner, she received Academic All-Big Ten distinction two times and earned four U-M Athletic Academic Achievement awards. As a freshman in 2005, Knill collected U-M's Novice of the Year laurel and was promoted to the team's second varsity eight for the Big Ten and Central Region Championships as well as the NCAA Championships, where the Wolverine boat placed sixth in the country. Knill was a consistent contributor in the second varsity eight as a sophomore, junior and senior. She moved up to the first varsity eight at the 2006 Big Ten Championships to help Michigan's top boat capture second place. She was also head coach of Ann Arbor Rowing Club's Youth Program in the summers of 2008-10. She has a level III coaching certification from USRowing.
Knill and her husband, Cory, were married in July 2011.