Released August 8, 2006
THORSTAD TAKES OVER WOMEN’S ROWING PROGRAM
MELBOURNE, Fla. — Florida Tech Athletics Director Bill Jurgens has announced that Adam Thorstad was hired to assume the position of Head Women’s Rowing
Coach at Florida Tech. Thorstad takes over for long time Director of Rowing Casey Baker. He will be stepping into an incredibly successful program with the
women’s team making their fourth straight appearance at the NCAA National Rowing Championships this past Spring.
“Adam’s love for the sport and Florida Tech will translate into a positive future for the program,” stated Jurgens. “His experience at Florida Tech as both
a rower and coach is a definite advantage for him, and his two years as an assistant at Marietta College, one of the top recruiting programs in the
country, will also serve him well.”
Thorstad leaves his current position as a crew coach and high school math teacher at Belen Jesuit High School in Miami, Fla. He was involved heavily with
coaching and training the varsity, junior varsity and novice athletes along with recruitment and retention.
Prior to that Thorstad was the Men’s Varsity Assistant Crew Coach at Mariette College in Marietta, Ohio. His duties included recruitment of freshman and
also spearheaded the student work study program. Thorstad managed the Ohio Valley Indoor Rowing Championships and was instrumental in the instruction of
team member weight training. Before traveling to Ohio, to coach and complete his graduate work, Thorstad was the Panthers Men’s Novice Crew Coach under
former head coach Marc Mandel.
Thorstad graduated from Florida Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2001, where he was a member of the men’s crew team. He holds a U.S.
Rowing Certification (Level II). While at Marietta, he completed his Masters of Arts in Education in May of 2005.
“I am looking forward to continuing the strong tradition of rowing here at Florida Tech,” stated coach Thorstad.
Rowing experience included being a four year member of the Florida Tech men’s team under Baker and Mandel. He was selected captain of the team his senior
year. Also in 2001, his varsity four won gold in the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Associations State Championships and the Southern Intercollegiate
Rowing Association’s Championships and took third place at Dad Vails. In 2000, he rowed the pair that took fourth at Dad Vails.
Thorstad is engaged to Patricia Tellechea and is currently residing Palm Bay, Fla.