Jami Montesano is entering her first year at Notre Dame. She joins the program as the third Irish assistant coach, joining associate head coach Marnie Stahl and assistant coach Teresa Logemann. Montesano was most recently the volunteer assistant at Louisville for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.
“Throughout our search Jami stood out as the best fit for this position,” Stone said. “She will be working with all of our student-athletes and will focus on bolstering our recruiting efforts with an emphasis on our future classes. We had a chance to interact with her while she was at Louisville and I believe she is a great person to add to our staff.”
Montesano began coaching after a successful collegiate rowing career at the University of Louisville, where she was named captain of the team during her senior season. In 2015, Montesano and her team achieved a fourth-place finish in their first appearance at the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship and a No. 17 national ranking.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Montesano contributed to Louisville’s 17th-place team finish at the 2014 NCAA Championship as a member of the 1V8+. This performance followed a team sweep at the American Athletic Conference Championship where Montesano was a member of the title-winning Varsity 8+. In 2014, Montesano received First Team All-AAC honors, as well as being chosen as a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athlete (2014-2015).
Montesano earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science (2015) and a master’s in sports administration (2017) at the University of Louisville. In the summer of 2017, she was an assistant coach for the Penn AC rowing club where she helped the women’s intermediate lightweight fours to first and fourth place finishes at the U.S. Rowing Club Nationals.