Pam Mork is in her sixth year as an assistant rowing coach at Notre Dame, working primarily with the development of the Irish novice program and assisting head coach Martin Stone with the varsity team recruiting.
Mork has been instrumental in the overall success of the Irish program. In 2003, she was named Central Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) and was one of six finalists for the national award.
The native of Mukwonago, Wis., has been a key part of the development of many Irish rowers. Under the guidance and tutelage of Stone and Mork, two rowers -- Ashlee Warren and Natalie Ladine -- have earned All-America honors. Warren was a second-team honoree in 2002, while Ladine was a first-team selection in 2004. Warren, who came to Notre Dame having never rowed prior to her freshman year, earned all-Central Region honors in her final three seasons with the Irish and All-America honors after her junior year. Ladine also was a three-time all-regional honoree before becoming the program's second All-American and first first-team selection.
She also had a hand in developing former Irish rowers Michelle Olsgard and Katherine Burnett, who spent their freshman seasons on the novice roster and became all-region recipients by the end of their careers.
Under Mork, the novice program has flourished. In 2004, Notre Dame's novice eight boat finished third in the grand final at the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge as the Irish earned the team title and was sixth at the Central/South Sprints. In addition, the novice four crew was victorious at the BIG EAST.
In `03, Mork led the Irish to a ninth-place finish in the novice eight at the Central/South Sprints and a third-place finish in the second novice eight at the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge. The Irish novice crews also had wins over Iowa, Michigan State, Tennessee and Dayton in head-to-head competition and the first novice eight was victorious at the Indiana Classic.
The development of the novice program under Mork has had a huge impact on the overall success of the entire program. Since its first season of varsity competition in 1999, Notre Dame's varsity eight boats have qualified for NCAA at-large berths on two occasions -- in 2002 and '04, finishing 16th and 11th, respectively.In '02 as the first novice eight was third at the Central Sprints, becoming the first Notre Dame boat to ever medal at that regatta. The novice eight was also second to nationally-ranked Syracuse at the `02 BIG EAST Rowing Challenge, while the second novice eight was runners-up to Boston College. The first and second novice eights also defeated Tennessee to start the `02 spring season.
In 2000-01, the first novice eight crew won five of seven races and was second at the BIG EAST Rowing Challenge, while the second novice eight won all four races it competed in during the `00-'01 season.
"Pam Mork has been critical in the success of the Notre Dame rowing program," says head coach Martin Stone. "She is an excellent teacher and mentor to the women in our program and also an excellent representative for the sport of rowing. She is building the foundation of Notre Dame rowing in her work with the novice crews. Without Pam, our program would not be as successful as it is today."
Before arriving at Notre Dame, Mork served as assistant women's rowing coach at the University of North Carolina for two years. Mork was a key contributor in starting the women's varsity rowing program at the Chapel Hill, N.C., institution.
During the 1998 and 1999 campaigns, she coached the novice squad, assisted with recruiting and fundraising and coordinated and managed all aspects of the Tar Heels program. In '98, the Tar Heels novice eight boat finished undefeated in dual-meet competition.
Mork, who brings a wealth of experience as a rower and coach to Notre Dame, received her bachelor's degree in applied economics from the University of Wisconsin. A four-year letterwinner and member of the women's rowing team, she rowed stroke for the varsity eight boat that finished in the top six nationally throughout her career and won the Head of the Charles race on one occasion.
In 1993, Mork participated in a developmental camp with the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, Pa., and the following year trained with national coach Igor Grinko at Occoquan, Va.
Following her graduation from Wisconsin in 1994, she spent two years (1996-97) as a graduate assistant coach at Purdue University where she coached the women's novice team and performed other day-to-day operations associated with the program.