After six seasons coaching at Oregon State, former Michigan All-America rower Kate Maxim will enter her fourth year with the Princeton staff during the 2014-15 season. In her first three seasons, Princeton has won two Ivy League championships, as well as two individual silver medals (2013 V8, 2014 2V8) at the NCAA Championships.
Her impact was immediately felt in 2013, as she helped Princeton win both the Ivy V8 and team title at the Ivy League Championships, as well as finish in the Top 3 at the NCAA Championships. Both the V8 and 2V made their respective NCAA finals. Last season, the 2V placed second in the grand final at the NCAA Championships and completed its second straight perfect regular season.
Maxim helped develop Oregon State into a national program by developing the novice crews each season. Her boat finished in the Top 5 at the Pac-10 Championships each season, including a best finish of second during the 2011 season.
"I am absolutely thrilled about this opportunity and I am so thankful to Lori for inviting me to become a part of the Princeton program," Maxim said. "I’m really looking forward to growing and learning from the staff and from competing in the Ivy League.
"I hope my passion for the collegiate rowing experience, my work ethic, and my love for a challenge will contribute to Princeton’s tradition of success," Maxim said. "Competing as a collegiate athlete was one of the most empowering experiences of my life, and as a coach I strive to pay that forward to the next generation of women rowers."
Maxim had an especially impressive collegiate career at the University of Michigan, where she rowed for current Oregon State head coach Emily Ford. Her teams finished in the top eight at the NCAA Championships all four seasons, which included a second place team finish in 2001. As a senior, Maxim led the Michigan varsity eight to a second-place finish in the NCAA Championships grand final.
Along the way, Maxim was part of a team and boat that earned three Big Ten Championships and a member of the All-Big Ten team in 2003. As a senior, Maxim was the U-M Athlete of the Year for women's crew, as well as an All-America. She was a three-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar and a four-time University of Michigan scholar athlete.
Maxim is a 2003 graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in English and completed her law degree in the summer of 2009.