Matthew Owyang begins his first season with LMU rowing in 2017-18. Owyang arrives at LMU after serving as an Assistant Coach with the Oakland Strokes. While there, Owyang primarily coached the Men's Second and Third Novice 8+s, and the Men's Novice 4+. His crews medaled at the 2016 and 2017 USRowing Southwest Youth Championships. He also served as Head Coach of the Oakland Strokes 2017 Women's Varsity Summer Camp. Prior to the Oakland Strokes, Owyang served as the Assistant Women's Coach at Drexel University, where he worked with the Junior Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+. At Yale University, Owyang led the Men's Second Freshmen 8+ to a third-place finish at Eastern Sprints.
"Matt has a variety of skills that make him an all-around highly qualified coach," said head coach Hanna Osborne upon his hire. "His experience with recruiting is a great asset. He has worked with athletes both at the high school and college level, from assisting high school athletes through the recruiting process to identifying prospective collegiate student-athletes. He has also served as a boatman and has extensive knowledge on boat maintenance and repairs."
Owyang received his degree in International Studies from Trinity College in 2007, where he was a four-year coxswain. He won four New England Rowing Championships, two ECAC National Invitational Championships, and the Head of the Charles in the Collegiate Eight. He was also a coxswain for the Bantam Boat Club, where he placed third in the Men's 8+ at the USRowing Elite National Championships and was a Quarterfinalist in the Ladies' Challenge Plate at the Henley Royal Regatta.
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