PITTSBURGH – Director of Athletics Dave Harper announced today that Joe Setting, who has served as head rowing coach for the past 11 years, has been named assistant athletic director/business and that current associate head coach Jenn Langzettel has been elevated to head coach of the rowing program.
“This is a win-win for us,” said Harper. “We are transitioning seamlessly by moving Joe into a professional role in our organization where he can thrive, and placing Jen as our head coach with a wealth of experience and passion to take the next step in her career. We are blessed to have two great people advance their careers at Duquesne.”
Setting, who has seen his rowers accumulate 17 medals at 11 Atlantic 10 Championships, has coached 17 all-conference student-athletes in his time at the helm of the Dukes. Under Setting's guidance, the rowing program experienced unprecedented growth with a current roster of over 45 rowers.
The Newtown, Pa. native, who graduated with honors from Duquesne with a dual degree in management information systems and communication studies in 2001, added a master's of science in sports leadership from DU in 2009.
“Duquesne has been such a prominent part of my life since I enrolled here as an undergraduate,” said Setting. “Eleven years ago, I was humbled and honored to be named the head rowing coach and today I find myself again feeling ever so gracious for the new opportunity to serve my alma mater in athletics administration. I'd like to thank both Athletic Director Dave Harper and Associate Athletic Director, Dave Denardo, for this opportunity. “I want to thank all the student-athletes over the past 11 years who have helped build Duquesne rowing into the competitive force it is today. In addition, thank you to the coaches that have assisted me over my tenure. Together, both student-athletes and coaches, we have accomplished many great things and I am so proud of what we have achieved.
“I am eager to see what lies ahead for this team under Jenn's leadership. She is one of the most talented coaches I have ever worked with and I know that Duquesne rowing is going to continue to thrive under her guidance.”
Langzettel, who has been part of Setting's staff for all of his 11 seasons, was elevated from assistant coach to associate head coach last September.
The 2002 graduate of Franklin Pierce College came to the Bluff from Pittsburgh's Fox Chapel High School where she coached the women's novice crew as well as assisted with the men's crew from 2004-06.
She has coached with Setting for 15 years.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this fantastic group of women,” said Langzettel. “Joe has done a remarkable job over the past 11 years, working to make Duquesne rowing a consistent competitor in the Atlantic 10 Conference. He has been a mentor and friend over our tenure together and his name will not be forgotten within this program. I look forward to continuing the competitive tradition and will work to further elevate this team. To be able to coach at the highest level at a University that I love and believe in - located in a beautiful city - is more than I could have ever asked for. I cannot thank Athletic Director Dave Harper and other members of the athletics department enough for giving me this opportunity.”
Langzettel began her rowing career as a freshman at Franklin Pierce, where she was the stroke of the Varsity 4 her sophomore through senior years. During college, she rowed in several of the top regattas, including the Head of the Charles and Dad Vail, collecting numerous medals as a student-athlete. She has rowed with the Three Rivers Rowing Association Masters Women and holds a medal in the club eight from the Head of the Charles Regatta.
The Middlebury, Conn. native added a master's degree in secondary science education from Duquesne in December of 2007. She resides in Allison Park, with her husband, Anthony, and daughters Kaley and Evelyn.