Bryans fills staff with Wisconsin ties

New women's rowing coach hires four assistants

Women's openweight rowing head coach Bebe Bryans announced her new staff, all of whom are already familiar with Wisconsin crew.

Amy Appleton, an assistant with the Badgers from 1998-2002, returns to Wisconsin to assist with the openweight crew program. She previously worked with the novice rowers and assisted with the varsity team. Nicole Borges will join her, leading the novice openweight team. Borges is a familiar face with the current team—she served as the interim associate head coach of the openweights in the 2003-04 campaign.

Bryans made no changes to the lightweight team, keeping current coaches Mary Shofner and Dusty Darley. Shofner will head the defending national champion varsity lightweight team while Darley will continue to lead the novice program. Darley graduated from UW in 2001 and was a lightweight rower during her time, helping the Badgers to their first No. 1 national ranking in the program's history during the 1998-1999 season.

"I see this as an all-star coaching team, and am really looking forward to working closely with them to create a great working environment for everyone involved with the program," Bryans said. "Although we will all have specific responsibilities within the program, we are all completely committed to the success of the whole Badger rowing team, and will be working together to help everyone on the team achieve greatness."

Bryans, who was hired June 25, previously served as Michigan State's openweight head coach. She replaced Maren LaLiberty, who resigned in February. Former Wisconsin coach Sue Ela served as interim women's crew director after LaLiberty's departure.

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