Rowing adds four new faces to its staff – Kansas Jayhawks

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas rowing team has added four key personnel to its staff ahead of the 2022-23 season. Head coach Carrie Cook-Callen announced Thursday the arrival of boathouse manager Bailey Blood, volunteer assistant coaches Joe DeLeo and Andreas Sloth and student assistant coach Loretta Brueckner.

Bailey’s Blood, a former University of Kansas scholarship student-athlete, ran for the Jayhawks for four years. She ended her sports career caressing the Kansas 1st Varsity 8. After graduation, she spent two years as a graduate assistant coach for the Jayhawks, helping with recruiting, operations and coaching new Jayhawks. . She then served as the first assistant coach and operations coordinator for the University of Tulsa women’s rowing team for the 2021-22 season. Her passion and history of Kansas rowing makes her an ideal candidate for the program under Coach Cook-Callen.

“We are delighted that Bailey has decided to return home to Lawrence and join the staff here at KU. As a former Jayhawk rower and seasoned coach in a Division I program, Bailey brings a lot to her role that sets her apart from other boathouse managers. Additionally, we are thrilled that young women rowing at KU can see a fantastic female role model in this position. – Carrie Cook Callen

Joe DeLeo started rowing at the age of 12. He rowed for George Washington University and was named MVP his senior year. After graduating, DeLeo served as a graduate assistant coach for the Syracuse men’s rowing team for three years.

In 2014, DeLeo started his business, LEO Training, consulting junior and collegiate rowing programs on his LEO Training podcast. Deleo was appointed Head Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Portuguese Rowing Federation in 2018 and has since helped Portugal win a total of 10 medals at prestigious events, such as World Cups and Championships Europe, and helped Portugal qualify for the 2020 Olympics in the LM2x. In August 2020, DeLeo co-founded and launched rowing sciencewhich is an internationally renowned online clearinghouse for rowing-related scientific research publications.

DeLeo graduated with a Master of Science in Sports Performance with First Class Honors from the University of Limerick in 2021. His current research interests include athlete monitoring and on-field assessments, endocrine system, blood lactate analysis , the improvement of strength and power through strength and conditioning. for endurance athletes. In addition to her role as a volunteer assistant coach with Kansas Women’s Rowing, DeLeo is a doctoral student in exercise physiology at the University of Kansas’ Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory.

“Joe Deleo has made a name for himself in the rowing community as someone committed to researching and teaching the most advanced topics related to high performance rowing. His commitment to knowledge and understanding of physiology and training methodology will have an immediate impact here at KU and will help us continue to elevate our program to the level of a premier Division I program. – Carrie Cook Callen

lazy andreasan international visiting student from the University of Copenhagen who is preparing for a master’s degree in sports science, completes his courses at the famous institution KU Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science, which will be awarded by the University of Copenhagen. Andreas is currently the Senior Women’s and U23 Women’s Head Coach for Denmark’s largest rowing club, Danske Studenters Roklub. Additionally, Sloth has spent the last five years working as a project coach for the Danish U19 and U23 national team. Specifically, he coached the Danish Women’s 4X team at the 2017 and 2018 U19 World Championships. He then coached the Danish Women’s 4- team at the 2020 U23 World Championships and then coached the 2- Women’s team at the 2020 U23 World Championships. 2021 and 2022 U23 World Championships.

“Andreas brings a real international experience to the staff. His time training on the World Championship stage will complement the already existing international experience of Kansas Rowing staff and go a long way in propelling Kansas Rowing to the top level of Division I rowing. – Carrie Cook Callen

Loretta Brueckner is originally from Minden, Germany, where she attended the Herder-Gymnasium. Brueckner rowed for four years at the University of Miami before transferring to the University of Kansas to complete her fifth year of eligibility as a Jayhawk. As a member of the Bessel-Ruder-Club in her hometown of Minden, she won a German national championship in U17 4- in 2013. Brueckner completed her higher education at the KU School of Business.

“Loretta brings a wealth of international experience to Kansas Rowing that can help this team on our journey to the Big 12 podium. Our great team culture is a fantastic landing spot for overseas rowers looking for a place to grow. more and compete at the highest level here in the United States. – Carrie Cook Callen

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