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Megan Cooke Carcagno has led a rowing renaissance since her arrival in Durham for the 2015-16 campaign. Her Blue Devils have been ranked for 14 consecutive weeks, the longest streak in program history, and she has led the Duke to its first NCAA Championships appearance.
Cooke Carcagno was named Duke University’s second head rowing coach on July 28, 2015, by Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Kevin White. She arrived in Durham after spending seven years as a member of the Wisconsin coaching staff.
In her initial campaign with the Blue Devils in 2015-16, Cooke Carcagno brought home a host of awards with Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Staff of the Year, CRCA Region 3 Head Coach of the Year, CRCA Region 3 Staff of the Year and ACC Coach of the Year. She helped Duke to its first NCAA Championships appearance in program history as well as a second-place finish at the ACC Championship. The Blue Devils entered the NCAA event with their highest ranking in program history, at No. 12.
During her second year in Durham, Cooke Carcagno helped Duke to a fourth-place showing at the ACC Championship as well as the Carolina Cup championship. Her V8 crew was named the ACC Crew of the Week after winning the Carolina Cup race with a time of 6:41.3, more than 13 seconds faster than second-place Clemson. The V8 crew rowed in the ACC Championship Grand Final and claimed fourth in a loaded race, crossing the line in 6:27.267.
In the summer of 2017, Cooke Carcagno helped guide the US Rowing Under 23 National Team women's eight to a world record at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Bulgaria. Cooke Carcagno guided the women's eight to an automatic qualification to the championship race by winning its semifinal heat, finishing in 6:00.350 to set an under-23 world best time, which broke the former mark by three seconds.
The Blue Devils’ 2V8 thrived under Cooke Carcagno’s direction in 2017, earning A Final appearances at the Longhorn Invite and Clemson Invitational, as well as a trip to the ACC Championship Grand Final. The boat finished third in the Longhorn Invite A Final, clocking a time of 6:31.665, and took fifth in the Clemson Invitational A Final with a time of 6:44.582, trailing only four top-15 teams with No. 5 Texas (6:36.489), No. 11 Wisconsin (6:38.934), No. 4 Ohio State (6:42.267) and No. 10 Virginia (6:43.664). The boat won the Dale England Cup race with a time of 6:50.50 before claiming fourth at the ACC Championship.
Individually, junior Katherine Maitland received CRCA Region 3 First Team accolades a year after being a second team honoree. Maitland was named to the All-ACC First Team while sophomore Shannon Tierney was an All-ACC Second Team pick. Academically, senior Phoebe Donovan and sophomores Rhea Bergman, Tierney and Karley Whelan were named CRCA Scholar-Athlete Award winners.
Duke completed Cooke Carcagno’s second year standing at No. 20 by the CRCA after ending her initial year ranked 16th.
Cooke Carcagno’s debut year as filled with marked improvement, particularly within the ACC, where she lifted the Blue Devils from a seventh place finish in 2015 to second in 2016, their highest since coming in second in 2006. For the program’s accomplishments, Cooke Carcagno claimed the ACC Coach of the Year award. Aiding Duke were two photo finishes that went in its favor, in the V8 and 2V8. The Blue Devils’ V4 also finished second at the ACC event.
Cooke Carcagno helped seniors Katie Dukovich and Alex Stonehill receive CRCA Pocock All-America accolades as Dukovich was a First Team selection while Stonehill was a CRCA Pocock Second Team honoree. The pair were Duke's first All-Americas since Emily Theys was a second team recipient in 2013. Dukovich became the third First Team All-America in program history, and she and Stonehill were the two were the 11th and 12th Duke rowing All-Americas. Maitland received CRCA Region 3 Second Team accolades and Donovan, sophomore Jessica Findlay, senior Sarah Wall and senior Mary Wilson were named CRCA Scholar-Athlete Award winners.
Cooke Carcagno was with the Badger program for seven years, one as an associate head coach, one as a varsity assistant and five as the freshman coach. After her first campaign in Madison, she was named the CRCA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year for directing the UW novice crews to Big Ten titles in the N8 and second N8 events in 2009. The N8 also took first in the NCAA Central Regional regatta. She earned a second CRCA Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2012.
In the spring of 2015, Cooke Carcagno helped the Badgers ensure their eighth consecutive NCAA Championships selection and primarily coached the 2V8, which placed ninth at the NCAA Championships.
During each of her five seasons coaching the UW freshmen, her N8 placed in the top three at the Big Ten Championships, while the second N8 won four titles and finished second the other season. In 2010, Cooke Carcagno helped the UW novice crews to their fifth and eighth Big Ten titles, respectively, on the way to a Big Ten Championships crown for Wisconsin in open weight rowing. She also directed the N8 to a win in the grand final and the second N8 to a win in the petite final at the NCAA Central/South Sprints.
Prior to joining Wisconsin, Cooke Carcagno coached for six years following her graduation from California, culminating with a stint coaching the masters rowers at the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association, USRowing's Club of the Year.
She spent her first year out of Cal as an assistant freshman coach for the Bears, while also coaching the Oakland Strokes, Inc. club and at Marin Rowing Association during the 2002-03 season. Cooke Carcagno moved on to New Jersey to train with the U.S. national team, all the while giving private instruction to numerous high school athletes in the region.
As a rower at Cal, Cooke Carcagno twice earned first team All-American honors to go along with a pair of first team all-region and first team All-Pac 10 accolades. Co-captain as a junior and senior, she helped the V8 to third at the 2002 NCAA Championships and fourth at the 2000 event.
Cooke Carcagno, a Los Gatos, Calif., native, spent four years with the U.S. national team, from 2004-07. As part of the 2006 U.S. World Champion women's 8, she helped establish a world record for Team USA. A 2006 Henley-on-Thames champion, she also won a gold medal at the 2006 Lucerne World Cup in the women's pair and a silver in the women's 4 without coxswain at the 2001 World Under-23 Championships.
Cooke Carcagno earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from California in 2002.