Thorstad served because the Florida Tech girls’s rowing head coach for 16 seasons
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Director of Athletics Jamie Joss introduced Adam Thorstad as the subsequent head coach of the Florida Tech males’s rowing program. Thorstad served because the Florida Tech girls’s rowing head coach for 16 seasons.
“Due to Casey Baker for stepping up and main the boys’s rowing program the previous 5 months, and through that point, Adam was additionally a serious contributor to the success the boys skilled within the Spring,” Joss mentioned. “As an alum and former Florida Tech males’s rower, Adam brings a wealth of information, ardour for teaching with confirmed success, and unwavering dedication as we embark on this new chapter of Florida Tech males’s rowing.”
Throughout Thorstads 16 seasons with the ladies’s rowing program, earned SSC Coach of the Yr six occasions, 5 Boat of the Yr winners, 56 All-SSC picks, 16 All-Individuals, 5 Tutorial All-Individuals, and produced six NCAA appearances with a runner-up end in 2019.
“I’m excited for the chance to work with the boys’s program at my alma mater,” mentioned Thorstad. “The dedication and fortitude these younger males confirmed within the face of adversity final 12 months is precisely the character we are able to construct a powerful program round over the subsequent few years.”
In his first season on the helm, the Panthers positioned second total on the SSC Championships and third on the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Affiliation Championships and the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Affiliation Championships. They fared effectively towards a number of the greatest competitors within the nation, ending sixth on the Dad Vail Regatta and the NCAA Division II Championships.
He guided the ladies’s varsity eight and 4 to this system’s second NCAA Division II Ladies’s Rowing Championship look in his fourth season in 2010. Tech completed fourth in total factors, with the varsity eight putting sixth and varsity 4 taking second.
Thorstad produced three of this system’s greatest finishes from 2017-2019. The Panthers gained back-to-back-to-back convention titles and NCAA appearances.
In 2017, the Varsity 8 boat completed at NCAAs, whereas the crew additionally accrued wins at Knecht Cup and FIRA for the primary time since 1983.
The next season was comprised of successful back-to-back Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Affiliation and Sunshine State Convention titles, coupled by a Silver medal at SIRA, a Margaret McNiff trophy at Dad Vail’s, and a consecutive third-place end on the NCAA DII Ladies’s Rowing Championships.
In 2019, Thorstad introduced the Panthers to their most profitable season in program historical past because the Tech completed runner-up on the NCAA Championship. The Panthers continued its domination of the FIRA and SSC regattas, which led his crew to brush the SSC awards and two members of the crew to be named Pocock/CRCA All-America First Crew.
Previous to moving into his function at Florida Tech, Thorstad gained head teaching expertise whereas instructing precalculus and geometry at Belen Jesuit Prep in Miami, Fla. On the establishment, he was concerned with teaching and coaching the varsity, junior varsity, and novice athletes, in addition to recruitment and retention. Throughout his one 12 months, he helped lead the boy’s crew to a fourth-place end on the Florida Scholastic State Regatta.
Thorstad was a graduate assistant at Marietta Faculty from 2003-05. His duties included recruiting and training freshmen and overseeing the coed work-study program. At Dad Vail’s, his freshman eight crew bested its competitors in 2004 and 2005, taking third.
Upon graduating from Florida Tech in 2001, Thorstad was the Panthers males’s rowing assistant coach for 2 years. Beneath his steerage, the 2002 freshman eight took fifth at Dad Vail, and his 2003 freshman 4 earned third place.
A males’s rowing alum, he served as his crew’s captain for the 2000-01 season. He helped the boys’s pair accumulate a fourth-place end at Dad Vail in 2000. One 12 months later, his varsity 4 took third place.
Thorstad earned his bachelor’s diploma in Civil Engineering from Florida Tech in 2001 and his Grasp’s in Training from Marietta Faculty in 2005.
He holds Stage III Teaching Certification from the USRowing Affiliation.
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