Wolverines Name Tuppen Assistant Coach

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan rowing head coach Mark Rothstein announced today (Thursday, Sept. 6) the hiring of Liz Tuppen as an assistant coach for program. Tuppen will be primarily responsible for the leading Wolverines' novice squad and will assist the varsity team with various duties.

"We are obviously excited to have Liz join our staff and feel that she is a perfect fit for our program," said Rothstein. "There is no doubt in my mind that she is the right choice to help bring our novice team back to the top of the Big Ten and develop athletes who will go on to contribute at the varsity level."

The Buffalo, N.Y., native most recently served as an assistant coach with the University of Rhode Island rowing program since August 2009. At URI, Tuppen oversaw all facets of the Rams' novice team and also coached the varsity four boats during the spring season. She also assisted the coaching staff with all aspects of recruiting and team travel planning.

"I could not be more excited to be part of the Michigan rowing program," said Tuppen. "As a former Buckeye, I have great respect for the speed of this program and everything that Mark (Rothstein) has accomplished here. I look forward to helping continue that level success with the novice squad and feel honored to be part of this university."

Prior to her time at Rhode Island, Tuppen held the title of volunteer coach at Ohio State from September 2008 to May 2009. She helped guide the Buckeyes to a varsity four Big Ten championship, South Central Regional championship and a sixth-place finish at NCAAs. Tuppen competed collegiately at OSU from 2001 to 2004, rowing primarily in the varsity four boat and novice eight crew. She graduated from Ohio State with a bachelor of arts degree in women's studies.

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