Katie O'Driscoll
Katie O'Driscoll
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 202-319-5462
Email: odriscollc@cua.edu
Alma Mater: Ithaca '09

O'Driscoll begins the 2018-19 season as the Cardinals' first-ever varsity men's and women's rowing coach. She comes to Catholic from nearby Fairfax, Virginia where she served as an assistant coach at George Mason for three seasons.

O'Driscoll has also coached a Division I National Powerhouse, the University of Washington, as well as several stops at the USRowing Junior Development Camp and The Winsor School in Boston, Mass.

A Division III rower herself, O'Driscoll went from a freshman walk-on at Ithaca College to a captain and an All-American by her senior season.

Over the past three seasons at George Mason, O'Driscoll was responsible for recruitment and development of walk-on talent and was the lead recruiter for West Coast, Northeast, Mid-West, Florida, and Texas recruiting bases. She also assisted the head coach in writing and implementing of training plans, in addition to the overhauling of positive nutrition plans for races and training camps.

Prior to Mason, O'Driscoll spent two seasons with the Washington Huskies where she was the primary coach for the second and third freshman boats and the fifth varsity boat and helped guide the novice to undefeated seasons and two Pac-12 Championships. Additionally, O'Driscoll developed a new strength training program for the freshmen and organized Junior Day recruiting events and home regattas.

For the two summers in Washington, O'Driscoll was the head coach of the USRowing Junior Sculling Development Camp at the Seattle Rowing Center. She led the development of 47 junior men and women scullers in 1xs, 2xs and 4xs. Prior to her time at Washington, O'Driscoll was the novice coach at The Winsor School in Boston for a year where she taught novice rowers the fundamentals of the sport.

In 2012, O'Driscoll was part of a small group of coaches to be awarded a fellowship in the inaugural postgraduate program at the Institute for Rowing Leadership, a year-long coaching education program specifically designed to train rowing coaches. The fellows at the IRL were instructed by professors from Boston University, Northeastern and Harvard in courses related to managing a rowing program from top to bottom. 

O'Driscoll graduated from Ithaca with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2009. As a student-athlete, O'Driscoll was part of three NCAA appearances in the varsity eight. She was a four-year CRCA Scholar-Athlete and a first-team Pocock All-American.