CLEVELAND, Ohio – Case Western Reserve University Director of Athletics Dave Diles has announced the hiring of Patricia Travis as head coach of the Case Crew Club. Travis has led the program to unprecedented levels of success in a volunteer role during the past three years.
Travis joined the club in the winter of 2009 as an assistant coach before moving to the position of co-head coach later that spring. One year later, she assumed the role of volunteer head coach and has since trained dozens of rowers with emphasis on proper technique, competitive strategy, teamwork and strength & conditioning. Travis also coordinates three assistant coaches and trips to 8-10 regattas per season.
In 2011, Travis led the club to the finals of the largest national collegiate regatta in the United States, the Aberdeen Dad Vail, marking the first time the program had qualified in its 20-year history. Then in 2012, the club organized its first-ever out-of-state trip for annual spring training and attended the Mid-America Collegiate Rowing Association Championship for the first time in 14 years. Out of the four Case boats competing, the men’s single earned a finals medal, while the women’s novice 4 qualified for the final round. Travis also guided the squad to a repeat finals appearance at the 2012 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta.
Also a recreational rowing coach for the Western Reserve Rowing Association, Travis is a member of USRowing as a Level 1 Coach and the Cleveland Rowing Foundation as a Level (CQL)-3 coach and collegiate representative for the board of directors.
Travis graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology. She later earned a Master of Arts in Medical Anthropology from CWRU in 2007 and a Master of Science in Nursing in 2009. She currently works as a geriatric/primary care nurse practitioner for the Cleveland Clinic.