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Haase Promoted To Novice Rowing Coach

Aug. 22, 2007

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University head women's rowing coach Melissa Flint has promoted Courtney Haase to novice coach.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Courtney for two years and I am excited to see her grow in into her new roles. She will continue to be a good leader and a role model for our student-athletes," said Flint, who was named head women's coach earlier this month.

Haase, a former coxswain for the Bulldogs, is looking forward to her new challenge that includes coaching the novice rowers as well as taking on some recruiting responsibilities.

"I am excited to continue with Gonzaga rowing and work towards continuing to build the program. We will still strive to recruit student-athletes that will elevate the level of the program and the integrity of Gonzaga. I am looking forward to my new challenges," Haase said.

In 2007, Haase coached the Second Varsity 8+ to first place at the Opening Day Regatta and a second-place finish at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships. She also coached the Varsity 4+ to a gold medal at the Knecht Cup and the West Coast Conference Championships.

In her first season as an assistant in 2006, Haase coached the Varsity 4+ to a first-place finish at the WCC Championships and coached the Junior Varsity 8+ to a third place finish at WIRA's.

Haase was the Bulldogs coxswain on four West Coast Conference championship teams from 2000-03, earning All-WCC honors in 2001 and 2002. She also earned first team All-WIRA honors in 2003 as she coxed the Gonzaga Varsity 8+ boat to the ECAC National Rowing Invitational Championship.

A 2003 graduate of Gonzaga, Haase worked as the novice women's coach at Saint Mary's College prior to returning to Spokane. In 2004 the Gaels won the Novice 4+ championship at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships.

Haase is a Level II US Rowing certified coach.