A chance email from Ashley Myles answered a lot of questions for a North Carolina rowing team that saw its coaching staff shrink from four coaches to just two over the last year.
UNC is welcoming Myles, a new volunteer assistant coach, to the program. COVID-19 has brought on tribulation for college athletics as a whole, but UNC women's rowing benefitted when the college where Myles had previously coached — Washington College — went online-only for the semester.
Myles has rowed since high school and competed at Washington College. After she graduated, she went on to coach for three years at Franklin and Marshall, a Division 3 school in Pennsylvania. After graduating, Myles took a break from the sport during a year-long trip to Australia. She spent that time reflecting on her passion for the sport and if coaching was something she really wanted to pursue.
After returning to the United States in 2019, Myles had the opportunity to be the assistant coach at her alma mater full-time. Because of COVID-19, the college transitioned to online classes for the fall semester.
Finding herself in North Carolina and wanting to pursue a coaching career, Myles reached out to UNC's interim co-head coaches, Emilie Gross and Thomas Revelle, who jumped on the opportunity to have an extra set of eyes for the rowing program.