Robles Named Women's George Washington Rowing Head Coach
WASHINGTON – Marci Robles has been named head coach of the George Washington women's rowing program, Director of Athletics and Recreation Tanya Vogel announced Monday.
"It is always terrific when we can bring a DMV native back to the District," said Vogel. "The women's rowing program is in outstanding position and attracted a high-class group of candidates. Coach Robles' passion for GW, commitment to higher education and determination to compete at the highest level of Division I athletics made her our ideal candidate. Her connection with our student-athletes was immediate, I am thrilled to have her on board with us as we strive to achieve an even higher level of excellence on the water."
Robles, who grew up in the DMV area, joins the Colonials from Rutgers University where she served as the assistant coach for the rowing program for the past year. As the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, Robles was responsible for the technical and mental development of athletes and helped lead the team to their best finish of seventh at the BIG 10 Championship in 2018. Under Robles' leadership, the 2nd Varsity 4 took first place at Eastern Sprints and the program earned their first ever sweep of Columbia University in their annual dual race, the Cherry Hill Invitational.
"To be able to come home to DC and work at a prestigious school like George Washington - it's a dream come true," said Robles. "I would like to thank Tanya Vogel and Andre Julien for this incredible opportunity. Their leadership and passion for creating the best experience for our student-athletes is unparalleled. I'm excited to meet the team and get to work!"
A 2006 graduate at Boston College, Robles was also the head men's rowing coach at Jacksonville University from 2014-2017. While at Jacksonville, her Varsity 8 and 2nd Varsity 8 finished first at the 2015 MAAC Championship and her Varsity 4 went on to finish 18th at IRAs in 2016.
Robels also had assistant coaching stints at Gonzaga and Georgetown. Robles' three seasons as the women's rowing assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Gonzaga were highlighted by the program's 2013 West Coast Conference Championship and inaugural bid to the NCAA Championship. The Varsity 4+, which she coached in 2013, won gold at the WIRA's and WCC's and placed 16th in the nation at the NCAA Championship. Under her coaching the Bulldogs also claimed first in the Varsity 4 at the WCC Championship as well as at the WIRA Championship in 2012.
Prior to Gonzaga she spent two seasons at Georgetown serving as an assistant coach on the Hoyas rowing staff during the 2009-10 season and earned a promotion to varsity lightweight assistant coach in July of 2010. Under Robles leadership as varsity lightweight assistant coach, Robles developed Georgetown's walk-on rowers into athletes that were able to contribute to the program in the EAWRC and IRA Championships.
Robles was a four-year coxswain on the men's rowing team at Boston College. She coxed the men's lightweight 4+ to a first place finish at the Knecht Cup in 2006 and a fourth place finish in the lightweight 4+ at the Dad Vail Regatta, also in 2006.
Robles graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in art history and theology from Boston College in 2006, earned a Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University in 2009, and is working toward finishing a Masters in Sport and Athletic Administration from Gonzaga.