Kate Strum is in her third year as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan. She works closely alongside head coach Mark Rothstein with U-M's first and second varsity eights and in 2010 led the second varsity eight to a sixth place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championships, the highest finish for a Michigan boat since 2005.
Prior to Michigan, Strum served as an assistant coach at Bucknell from 2006 through 2008. In 2008, she worked with the second varsity eight, leading the boat to a second-place finish at the Patriot League Championship, which contributed to the team's third consecutive league title. At the ECAC Metro Championships, the second varsity eight claimed first place, which along with the varsity eight and varsity four led to a sweep of the event and overall-points trophy for the second year in a row. In the team's first appearance at the Eastern Sprints, the second varsity eight finished ninth to contribute to a strong eighth-place finish among 18 teams. Furthermore, both Bucknell varsity eights traveled to England for the Women's Henley Regatta, where the second varsity eight beat the University College of Dublin to win the Reading Amateur Regatta and race at the historic Henley Women's Regatta.
In her first two years with the Bison, Strum guided Bucknell's varsity fours to unprecedented success in 2006 and 2007. The first varsity four won back-to-back Patriot League Championships in 2006 and 2007 and went on to win the ECAC Metro Championship in 2007, assisting with both the team's second straight Patriot League title and the overall points trophy at the ECAC.
Prior to arriving at Bucknell, Strum was an assistant coach for the women's rowing team at the University of California, Davis. Primarily a novice coach, Strum helped with the varsity squad and was the recruiting contact.
Strum started her coaching career with the Community Rowing Program at Yale University in 2002. She taught and coached rowing to students at the American School for the Deaf and Special Olympic athletes.
Strum is a 2003 graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where she was both a rower and a coxswain. She was a team captain in 2003.