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New women's rowing assistant coach Kari Durgan.
Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics

Former Zag Kari Durgan Returns As Women's Rowing Assistant

Courtesy: Gonzaga Athletics
          Release: 08/23/2012
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SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University women's rowing head coach Glenn Putyrae has announced the hiring of Kari Durgan as an assistant coach. Durgan is no stranger to Gonzaga having had an exceptional rowing career as a Zag from 2002-06.  

"I am really excited that we were able to attract a person with Kari's experience back to Gonzaga," explained Putyrae. "While here she distinguished herself as a student, athlete, and team leader and since graduation she has distinguished herself as a collegiate coach. I am looking forward to Kari's contributions to our program."

During her time as a rower with Gonzaga, Durgan helped the Bulldogs to three West Coast Conference Championship titles and two gold medals at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships. As a senior, Durgan was named the Gonzaga Women's Scholar Athlete of the Year, earned ESPN The Magazine District VII All-Academic At-Large first team honors and was awarded the West Coast Conference Post-Graduate Scholarship. She also was named All-WIRA first team in 2005 and 2006, All-WCC first team in 2005, and both WCC All-Academic and CRCA All-West Region Academic Team in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Prior to returning to GU, Durgan was the novice coach for the women's rowing club at UC Davis from 2010-12 and was an assistant coach from 2006-08. This past year, the Novice 8+ won silver at the 2012 American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) National Championship and WIRA Championships.

Durgan also had been an Associate Instructor in English at UC Davis since 2008.

She graduate from Gonzaga with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and political sciences in 2006 and will be earning her Doctor of Philosophy in English from the UC Davis later this month.

Durgan replaces Drew Cowens, who left after the 2011-12 season to attend Law School.

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