UVa's Ashlee Patten To Join Staff Of U.S. National Team
Dec. 21, 1999
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Ashlee Patten, an assistant coach in the University of Virginia women’s rowing program, has been named an assistant coach with the United States Women’s National Rowing Team through the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Patten is scheduled to report to the Arco Olympic Training Center in San Diego, Calif., on January 15.
Patten served as a coach with the United States Women’s National Team at the World Rowing Championships in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, Canada, last summer. She coached the women’s lightweight single and the lightweight quad. The United States’ lightweight quad won the gold medal at the competition and Lisa Schlenker, the single sculler for the United States, earned the silver medal.
During September of 1998, Patten coached the U.S. women’s lightweight quad scull to a silver medal finish at the World Rowing Championships in Cologne, Germany. She was also an assistant coach with the national team in 1995 and 1996. In 1996, she coached the women’s lightweight four to a bronze medal at the World Championships in Strathclyde, Scotland. In 1995, she served as an assistant coach for three non-Olympic events, all of which won gold medals at the World Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Her previous collegiate coaching experience includes one-year stints at the University of Miami, Fla., and Smith College in Northampton, Mass., and two years as head coach at Simmons College in Boston, Mass. Patten’s Smith College novice eight finished fourth at the 1997 Champion International Regatta in Gainesville, Ga. She joined the Virginia coaching staff in 1997. Her UVa lightweight eight won a bronze medal at the 1999 National Lightweight Championships in Camden, N.J.
A native of Flintstone, Ga., Patten earned an A.B. in history and American studies from Princeton University in 1990. While at Princeton, she won a lightweight national championship in 1988, and was captain of the 1990 squad which had an undefeated season and won a national championship.