June 10, 2005
Cincinnati, Ohio – Pam Mork, an assistant coach at Notre Dame for the past six years, has been hired as the head rowing coach at the University of Cincinnati, director of athletics Bob Goin announced on Friday.
“I am very pleased and honored to be joining the UC staff as the next head rowing coach of the Bearcats,” Mork stated. “Everyone has been incredibly warm and welcoming and I am eager to step into the job, meet the team, and get going. UC has a strong reputation, and I am excited by the possibilities I see for this program.”
“As a new member of the BIG EAST Conference, we will have the opportunity to race a terrific slate of schools from four of the five rowing regions, and we can go toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the country. There is a lot of potential in this program – with hard work and a strong team bond, we can really develop some speed.”
“We’re thrilled for Pam, but we are sad to see her leave our program,” Irish head coach Martin Stone said. “She has been such an integral part of our program’s growth and success over the past six years. She’s earned this opportunity to run her own progam and I know that she is going to be successfsul at Cincinnati.”
During her time at Notre Dame, Mork served as the top assistant coach to Martin Stone where she coordinated the Irish’s recruiting efforts and developed the novice program. Mork helped Notre Dame to two straight BIG EAST Conference team championships, while Irish crews have placed in the Top 20 at two NCAA Championships. In 2003, Mork was tabbed as the Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year.
“We are extremely pleased to be able to offer the head coaching job to Pam Mork. She is a highly energetic coach and a proven communicator with championship experience,” said UC assistant athletic director Stephanie Rousseau. “Coach Mork has the abilities and experiences to help us accomplish our goals and vision for the program as we enter into the BIG EAST Conference. We are very excited about her hiring and look forward to a long and productive relationship.”
Prior to her tenure at Notre Dame, Mork was an assistant coach from 1997-99 at the University of North Carolina and was instrumental in the development of the first varsity rowing program at the school. Mork also gained coaching experience serving as a graduate assistant at Purdue University from 1995-97.
A native of Mukwonago, Wis., Mork was a four-year letterwinner at the University of Wisconsin where she earned a BS in Applied Economics in 1994. While at Wisconsin, Mork was a collegiate winner at the famed Head of the Charles Regatta in 1992 and was a top-six finalist at the Collegiate Nationals for three consecutive years.
In the summer of 1993, Mork competed at a developmental camp with the Vesper Boat Club, earning four gold medals, five silvers and three national championships.