Megan Patrick is in her second year as an assistant coach with the Alabama rowing team. Her primary duties include serving as the Crimson Tide's recruiting coordinator and coaching UA's small boats.
"Megan has experience at the highest level of rowing," head coach Larry Davis said. "What's more, after she completed her undergraduate degree, she had the interest and fortitude to go to Europe and spend time there not only continuing her education but coxing and coaching as well."
Prior to joining the Tide, Patrick was an intern coach at the University of Virginia, working with both the women's and men's rowing teams. She served as an assistant coach for the Oxford University Women's Boat Club from 2006-09 where her record coaching the junior varsity was 2-1 for the Reserves Race. During that time, she was also the men's and women's coach for St. Hugh's College Boat Club.
As a coxswain for Princeton University's Heavyweight Men, Patrick was a three-time Eastern Sprints Champion between 1998-2001 and a silver medalist in 2000. She also earned two silver medals and a bronze at the IRAs during that time.
In 2001, she set a course record at the Eastern Sprints and competed in the final of the Ladies Challenge Plate at Henley Royal Regatta. Patrick went on to cox for Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University. She competed in the Isis-Goldie race in 2003 and was a member of the winning Women's Blue Boat in 2004 and 2006, setting the Women's Boat Race course record in 2006.
"Megan had the chance to hone her skills and eye as a coach, in addition to be able to pick up a number of degrees, including her doctorate," Davis said. "She gives our program a little more diversity and vision as to where we want to go."
As a five-time Henley Royal Regatta competitor, Patrick was a Ladies Challenge Plate finalist in 2001, a Britannia Cup semifinalist in 2003, a Remenham Cup quarterfinalist in 2004, a Temple Challenge Cup semifinalist in 2005, and a Henley Women's Regatta champion in 2006.
Patrick earned a bachelor's degree in psychology from Princeton in 2001 and followed that with a pair of master's degrees from Oxford, a master's degree from Oxford Brookes, and a doctorate in education from Oxford in 2010.