Ryan Barone | Assistant Coach | Women’s Rowing | George Washington University

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

In general, we look for athletes who want to work hard and have fun. As the recruiting coordinator for our coxswain prospects, I specifically look for a critical mind that is open and adaptable to new and different ideas and methods than they have experienced at the high school level, and a demonstrated level of maturity and extroverted personality style (discovered through conversations, meetings and discussions with coaches.)

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

One of my freshman recruits this past year exceeded not only my expectations, but that of the rest of the staff. Our other two coaches were concerned about this recruit earlier in the year due to her initially timid personality, but I told them to be patient and expect great things. She did not disappoint, and during the winter dry-land season, vastly stepped up her game, became a serious student of the sport, and grew and adapted to our system. She constantly asked questions, made skillful observations, and engaged in analytic dialogue with her peers and the staff on a daily basis. By the end of her freshman year, she had advanced even further than I had predicted, and she will be ready to assume the mantle of leadership of this team by the end of her sophomore year, when she becomes the senior-most coxswain on our team.