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New crew coach plans to inspire team spirit

The Mills College crew team welcomes a new head coach this year. After Interim Head Coach Angela Badran stepped down at the end of last semester, Carrie Davis was hired for the job. Davis, who last coached at Stanford University, said she is excited to work with Mills athletes.

New crew coach Carrie Davis
New crew coach Carrie Davis. (Jennifer Courtney).

Davis said she first coached at the University of Wisconsin for three years and then at Stanford for five, where she even worked with Olympic athletes. She left there three years ago, but found that she missed connecting with athletes.

Davis rowed for a club team while at the University of Michigan. “Crew changed my life,” she said.
“The part that influenced me the most,” Davis said, was despite varying athletic backgrounds and motivations, the team “became my family.”

“It grounded me,” she said.

While Davis said she had “phenomenal experiences” coaching at the Division I level, she missed the we-not-me attitude – the idea that “the team is first,” a spirit she hopes to continue to cultivate while at Mills.