Nancy LaRocque enters her first season as assistant coach with the Tennessee rowing team. Her duties include assisting with the varsity squad and coordinating official visits for recruits.
LaRocque brings nine years of coaching experience and a wealth of rowing knowledge to the Lady Vol staff. Before joining UT, she served seven years as the head coach for West Virginia rowing and two years coaching at Vassar College.
While at WVU she saw the women's four post wins at the Big East Championships and the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta in 2000. By virtue of winning that race, the squad earned the right to compete in one of the largest races in the world, the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley, England. There, her open four posted victories in three out of four races and finished runner-up.
During the 2002-03 season, her teams rowed to a third place finish in the College Heavy Eight Division at the Navy Day Regatta before taking home first place at the San Diego Crew Classic in the Grand Final. She followed up with successful 2003-04 and 2004-05 seasons where her teams had multiple second place finishes.
Prior to coaching at WVU, LaRocque spent two years at Vassar College. While at Vassar, she also served as head coach for the Empire State Games rowing team.
LaRocque began her collegiate career as a member of the rowing club at the University of Rhode Island before transferring to the University of Massachusetts. During her stint there, she racked up three consecutive Atlantic 10 championships and gold medals at multiple regattas including the San Diego Crew Classic, New England Championships and the Champion International Collegiate Regatta.
Additionally, LaRocque was a member of the varsity 8 that placed second in the 1997 NCAA Women's Rowing Championships.
The Dover, N.H., native also boasts national-level credentials. From the summers of 1993-98 LaRocque was selected to participate in the U.S. Rowing Association's elite development programs established to identify and develop athletes for the national team. In 1995, she placed second in the quad at the trials for World Championships.