Michael Wenker | Head Coach | Women’s Rowing | University of Dayton

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

For the most part, Dayton does not recruit. The team is a combination of experienced rowers and novice who are looking for athletic endeavours and team camaraderie. No matter the experience level, we are looking for a student athlete who is:

  • Intrinsically Motivated
  • High Achiever
  • “Racer”
  • Dedicated
  • Well-Balanced


Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

A certain athlete this year had school obligations this fall and had to miss one practice a week. Every Sunday she would ask me for a workout to do before her class and every Monday morning she would document her results. She made remarkable progress through the fall and winter with many personal bests and team records. Training is difficult; training alone is more so. This student athlete showed discipline and determination that exceeded my expectations.