Kendall Mulligan '08 named Georgetown University's Head Coach for Women's Rowing
Success in rowing has a great deal to do with harmony; harmony with nature, with the shell, with your stroke, with your boatmates, but finding that harmony is all about the journey and not necessarily always on smooth water. Kendall Mulligan knows something about being on this journey. She has just started her tenure as Georgetown University's Head Coach for Women's Rowing. The 2008 Westover School graduate and 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee, was officially named to the position this summer.
At Westover, Mulligan was a standout student-athlete earning 12 varsity letters in soccer, basketball and lacrosse and served as captain for all three her senior year. She was named a NEPSAC All Star in Soccer and Lacrosse (twice). She is Westover's only US Lacrosse Academic All American. She helped lead the '07-'08 soccer and basketball teams to CISAC Championships and basketball's highest finish, No. 3 in the New England Tournament. She served as First Head of the Athletic Association. At her 2008 graduation, she was awarded the Elizabeth Moulton Ritchey Senior Athletic Award, The Frances Sortwell Perry Prize for Excellence in Art History and the Louise Bulkley Dillingham Award for Integrity. She was recruited by a number of DIII schools to play lacrosse.
Her athletic journey hit some turbulence during her freshman year in college. After arriving on the Washington College campus, she learned that the coach who had recruited her had just moved to another school, and the culture of the program had changed. The rowing team came calling and the rest is history. As a walk on at the Div III rowing powerhouse, she quickly earned a seat in the first boat and never looked back. She served as a two-year captain, rowed in the NCAA Championships, was a 2-Time MARC All Conference Rower and a three-straight CRCA Scholar Athlete. She led her team to conference championships in '09 and '11, stroking the first boat in 2011.
"Her success as a collegiate athlete and now professionally becoming a Division I Head Coach makes Westover particularly proud. She serves an example that Westover student-athletes are prepared to face new and multiple challenges, are willing to be flexible and find a new path and are prepared to perform at the next level and most importantly, be a leader", said Westover Director of Athletics Tiz Mulligan.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2012, she coached the novice program at the Peddie School, NJ for two years being mentored by former Olympic rower Barb Grudt.
Mulligan was hired as an assistant coach at Franklin & Marshall College beginning in the Fall of 2014 where her start was anything but harmonious. The head coach left the week she started and she was named Interim Head Coach. Rising to the challenge, she was officially elevated that Spring to head coach and director of rowing for men and women where she guided the Diplomats to national prominence including a No. 15 ranking in the CRCA National Poll in 2017. At the time, she was one of the youngest head coaches and notably one of only a small handful of women to head a men's collegiate program. She has served as a United States Women's Junior National Team Development Camp Assistant Coach and served on the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championship Committee and the NCAA Women's Rowing Committee. She coached at the 2017 World Championships for the Youth Regional Challenge and the 2018 Club Nationals. Inspiring her athletes to continue to pursue the sport they love, one of her former rowers is currently representing the US Men's Team at the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
According to Georgetown's website, Athletic Director Lee Reed stated, "Kendall is an up-and-coming head coach who has already proven to be an effective leader and mentor for her student athletes. Coming from Franklin & Marshall, she brings to Georgetown an understanding of how motivated athletes learn and best thrive in a competitive, athletic and academic environment."