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Rowing Welcomes Burke, Promotes Sepulveda

September 12, 2019
By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. - The Old Dominion rowing team will be entering the 2019-20 season with a new look to its coaching staff. David Burke has been brought in as an assistant coach while Jazmin Sepulveda, who joined the staff as a graduate assistant last season, has now been named a full-time assistant coach. 


Before arriving to Norfolk, Burke spent the previous six seasons serving as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator of the men’s rowing team at Cornell. There he coached the second varsity team to an eight-place finish at the 2016 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship. 


He also coached four top-five finishers at the Eastern Sprints, including two bronze medal teams, one in 2015 and one in 2016.He has also recruited and coached three members of the USA U23 National team (2017, 2018) and one member of the U23 Canadian National team (2018).


Prior to his stint at Cornell, Burke served as the assistant men’s rowing coach at Northeastern University. He spent five seasons with Northeastern, where he was part of the coaching staff that led their team to a 2nd-place finish at the Eastern Sprints and a 3rd-place finish at the IRA National Championship. 


Burke also has experience coaching women’s rowing, as he has coached junior and senior women’s teams at the West Side Rowing Club and he co-coached the Junior B Women’s 8+ to a gold medal at the Canadian Henley.


Burke attended college at Northeastern, where he was a member of the men’s rowing team. He was the recipient of the Charlie Smith Award in 2009 for his dedication to rowing and the Boathouse Award in 2008 for his contribution to NU crew, among others. Burke graduated from Northeastern with a bachelor’s in history and a minor in secondary education.


Last season, Sepulveda was a part of the ODU coaching staff that led its team to its first-ever American Athletic Conference (AAC) Championship. The Monarchs finished seventh in the conference and had one member of the team named to the All-AAC First Team. 


Prior to starting with ODU, Sepulveda spent the 2017-2018 season as a volunteer assistant with Stetson University.


As a student-athlete at the University of Central Florida, Sepulveda was a part of the varsity four boat in the 2016 NCAA Championships. She was a two-time AAC Champion in 2016 and 2017. 

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