Now in her seventh season as one of Lisa Glenn's assistant coaches, Danelle Loebaka has shown the dedication and perseverance needed to achieve success in collegiate rowing. She polished those characteristics as a standout student-athlete at the University of Iowa and as head coach of the Old Capitol Rowing Club in Iowa City, Iowa.
Loebaka brought those qualities to Rocky Top when she joined the University of Tennessee women's rowing staff during the summer of 2002. At UT, her duties include assisting with both the varsity and novice squads, maintaining the team's recruiting database and coordinating official recruiting visits. She also serves as the staff liaison with the Thornton Academics Student Life Center.
The Hayward, Wis., native came to Tennessee after a one-year stint serving as head coach of the Old Capitol Rowing Club. While with the club, she increased its size through recruiting projects, provided a foundation upon which the developing organization could grow and prepared preliminary work for a community boathouse.
As a member of the Iowa Hawkeye rowing team, Loebaka recovered from a career-threatening rib injury to stroke her Varsity 4+ to a bronze medal at the 2001 NCAA Championships her senior year. She was also a member of the Varsity 4+ squad that captured second-place finishes at the Big Ten Championships and Central Championships during the 2001 campaign. That season, she received the Hawkeye squad's Perseverance Award.
The 2001 Iowa graduate earned her bachelor's degree in sport studies.