Robles, who grew up in the D.C. 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 2^nd 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.
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 2^nd Varsity 8 finished first at the 2015 MAAC Championship and her Varsity 4 went on to finish 18^th 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.
Mark Davis enters his ninth year as head coach of the men's rowing team at The George Washington University in 2017-18.
The Colonials enjoyed another fine season under Davis in 2017 as all three entries either tied or outperformed its seeding for the second consecutive season at the IRA National Championships in Sacramento, California. The Varsity 8 won the Third-Level Final to tie the best finish in program history at No. 14 in the nation. The 2nd Varsity 8 rowed in a competitive Petite Final to notch a program-best national ranking of 12th and the 3rd Varsity 8 rounded out GW's entries with a third-place showing in the Third-Level Final to clinch a final national ranking of No. 15.
Marjorie Setchko joins the Colonials for the 2018-19 season after a full summer in Philadelphia coaching the U23 Heavyweight Men's Summer program at the esteemed Vesper Boat Club. Setchko's coached boats churned out strong performances at the 2018 USRowing Club Nationals. Her crews took second in the Intermediate Men's 8+, third in the Elite/Senior Men's 8+ and fourth and fifth in the Intermediate Men's 4+.
Before her time at Vesper, Setchko was the Varsity Women's Lightweight Coach at UC Berkeley from August 2016-2018. There, she coached the 2018 first place winners in the women's 2x and women's lightweight 4+. In 2017 she also helped Cal place first in the ACRA Championship in the women's 2- and 2x categories.
Before her time at UC Berkeley, Setchko coached all over the country for a spectrum of different programs: Head Coach at Episcopal Academy ('93), Vesper Boat Club ('90-'93), and La Salle University ('89-'90).
Her extensive coaching career was a product of her elite reputation of competition within the sport. Setchko represented the US in the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba. There, she placed second in the lightweight women's 2-. Before making it onto the US National Team, she was an Elite Rower for Vesper Boat Club. Representing Vesper, she took first place in the 1990 US Rowing National Championships in the elite lightweight women's 4+ and second place in the elite lightweight women's 8+.
Setchko's strong work ethic opened up possibilities, and earned her the spot on the national team, but Setchko could not be limited to just being a rower. After bringing home the silver medal at the 1991 Pan American Games, she coxed the first place elite women's 8+ at the 1992 US Rowing National Championships.Read more »
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