DENVER, Colo.- Washington College head women's rowing coach Dr. Mike Davenport has been named the Spring 2013 CaptainU Coach of the Year for Division III in women's rowing. It is the first time Davenport, who recently finished his 23rd season as the Shorewomen's head coach, has been recognized with the award. It is the second national award for coach of the year for Davenport this spring as on June 11, he garnered the National Coach of the Year for Division III by the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).
In April, Davenport was named the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Coach of the Year after guiding the Shorewomen to the 2013 MARC Championship, receiving the conference's first-ever automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championships. It would be the Shorewomen's first-ever full-team berth to the championships after receiving at-large eight bids in 2008 and 2009.
At the NCAA Division III Championships, the Shorewomen proved they belonged, turning in a strong sixth-place finish overall and a fifth-place finish in the first varsity eight. In the first varsity eight's performance at the NCAA Championships showed the progress the Shorewomen had made over the course of the season. Not only did the first varsity eight finish 11 seconds ahead of Wellesley in the grand final of the championships after being edged out by the Blue in the repechage, they had previously lost to Wellesley by over five seconds in a regatta in Chestertown back in March. The first varsity eight's pair of finishes ahead of Ithaca in a heat and in the repechage at the championships also more than atoned for finishing behind the Bombers at the ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships earlier in the season.
The Shorewomen opened the season ranked 14th in CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll and steadily rose through the rankings throughout the season. In the final poll the Shorewomen were ranked fifth in the nation, their highest-ever season-ending ranking.
In addition to being named the MARC Coach of the Year this year, Davenport had previously been named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year in 2008.