Cory Conzemius Joins First-Year Rowing Programs as Top Assistant Coach for the Bulldogs

Cory Conzemius has been hired as the first assistant coach in the inaugural season for the Adrian College men's and women's rowing programs. (Head shot: Patrick Stewart)
Cory Conzemius has been hired as the first assistant coach in the inaugural season for the Adrian College men's and women's rowing programs. (Head shot: Patrick Stewart)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Adrian College Athletics is pleased to announce the hiring of Cory Conzemius as the assistant coach for the inaugural men’s and women’s rowing programs. That announcement was made on Monday by Bulldogs athletics director Michael Duffy. 

Conzemius joins the Bulldogs after serving as the head coach of Gainesville Area Rowing—one of the more successful high school programs in Florida—for the past three years.

“The opportunity to be part of the Adrian College community and work alongside Bart (Thompson) excites me greatly," Conzemius said. Adrian has shown strong support for its rowing programs and has put in place the foundation to build an excellent team. On my visit I was impressed by the campus, the boathouse, and all that the school has to offer. Bart has done a great job in the past year, and in meeting him it became clear to me that his vision for the program was one that I could truly get behind.

“I am thrilled to join Bart and the incoming class of student-athletes in building a strong culture for the program. Rowing has been such an important piece of my life, and I’m looking forward to bringing my passion to this program while helping our rowers achieve success both on and off the water," he said.

Duffy stated, “We are happy that Cory has accepted the offer to join our rowing coaching staff. His time as a high school coach in different regions across the country, combined with his experience as a founding head coach of a collegiate program, will be very helpful to our new program. I look forward to seeing Cory use his skills to help our program as it begins competition this coming year.”

Adrian head coach Bart Thompson added, “Among what was truly an outstanding crop of applicants for this position, Cory’s sterling resume stood tallest. He has had success as both a high school and collegiate coach: his work with GAR has been noteworthy, and he also has founded a collegiate rowing team. That amount of experience will be invaluable in helping us to build our own successful program. Beyond his resume, Cory’s strong work ethic, warm personality, and technical knowledge are some of the many reasons that I know he will leave an incredible impact here at Adrian.”

Conzemius comes to Adrian with the Bulldogs getting set to begin their inaugural year this fall. The teams appear to be in a good position for its first year, with 25 recruits arriving on campus as part of this incoming freshmen class, in addition to any first-time rowers who decide to walk-on to the programs.

Originally from Breckenridge, Minn., Conzemius got his start in rowing as a walk-on at American University, in Washington, D.C. While in DC he also competed for the Potomac Boat Club.

After graduating, he began his coaching career at the high school level with Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Fla. Conzemius’ time in the high school ranks also included time at WT Woodson High School (Fairfax, Va.), St. John’s College High School (Washington, D.C.), Cleveland Youth Rowing Association (Cleveland, Ohio), and Gainesville Area Rowing (Gainesville, Fla).

Conzemius also has a wealth of experience at the collegiate level, having coached at the University of Maryland and High Point University. In the latter position, he was the founder and inaugural head coach of the program.

Conzemius received his bachelor’s degree in both history and communications from American University.

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(TRANSACTION: Adrian College--Cory Conzemius named men's and women's assistant rowing coach.)