The Notre Dame Women's Rowing team at practice on the river.
After serving as an assistant coach for the Notre Dame rowing program since he was hired in October of 2001, Joe Schlosberg was promoted to associate head coach in July 2008. The 2012-13 campaign will mark his 12th season as a member of head coach Martin Stone's coaching staff.
Schlosberg began his tenure coaching the varsity four crews from 2001-06. He then spent the next three seasons, from 2006-08, serving as the primary coach for the novice program before returning to coaching the varsity four boats at the start of the 2008-09 campaign. After the race against Indiana and Purdue in the spring of 2010-11, Schlosberg took the reins of the second varsity eight crew for the remainder of the year. He returned to directing the varsity four boat during the 2011-12 season.
In addition to his coaching duties, Schlosberg also is responsible for alumni relations and equipment management. During Schlosberg's tenure, his Irish crews have won 21 gold medals at the BIG EAST Championships as Notre Dame has won an unprecedented nine straight conference titles from 2004-12.
Since joining the Irish, Schlosberg has been a key part of the program's tremendous success at the national level. In 2006 and 2007, Notre Dame earned the program's first two NCAA Championship team bids. The Irish finished ninth in their first-ever appearance in '06 and followed that up with a 12-place finish in '07.
Most recently, the Irish returned to NCAA Championship competition in 2012, marking the team's first appearance since the Championship expanded to a 16-boat field. Notre Dame finished 15th overall, led by the eighth-place showing of Schlosberg's varsity four boat. The NCAA appearance was pre- luded by the ninth consecutive conference title as the Irish won five BIG EAST Grand Finals to claim a 14-point victory.
Notre Dame reached the pinnacle of the BIG EAST Conference again in 2011, claiming its eighth-straight conference crown behind four boats capturing Grand Final gold, includ- ing the second varsity eight which Schlosberg just weeks earlier began overseeing. The Irish held on for a five-point victory over Louisville, while again leading the way with five all-BIG EAST selections.
The `10 campaign saw the Irish again top the podium at the BIG EAST Championships, aided by winning five of the six grand final races, one of which was Schlosberg's varsity four crew. Along with winning BIG EAST gold, the boat was able to knock off two nationally ranked foes in Michigan and Michigan State earlier in the year and earned a second-place ranking in the final Central Region polls, according to the NCAA Division I Rowing Committee.
En route to capturing its fifth straight BIG EAST crown in 2008, Notre Dame became the first school in conference history to sweep all six races that included wins by Schlosberg's novice eight and novice four boats. The win by the novice eight boat was the first-ever for an Irish crew at the BIG EAST Championships.
In '07, his novice eight crew began the spring season by winning its first seven races and finished second at the conference championship.
In `06, the novice eight won the Petite Final at both the San Diego Crew Classic and Central/South Region Championships and finished second at the BIG EAST Championships en route to the Irish league title for the third straight year.
In Notre Dame's first team appearance in the NCAA Championships in `06, the varsity eight finished seventh, the varsity four took 11th and the second varsity eight posted a 12th-place finish.
During his first stint working with the varsity four crews, Schlosberg helped lead those crews to four consecutive gold medals at the BIG EAST Championships as the Irish swept both the varsity and second varsity four races in `05. At the Central/South Region Championships in `04 and `05, Notre Dame's fours did extremely well with the varsity four finishing fifth both years in the Grand Final event.
In `02, Notre Dame experienced its best season at the time as the varsity eight qualified for its first NCAA appearance and achieved its first top-10 ranking in school history. In `04, the varsity eight finished 11th overall in its second appearance.
Schlosberg came to Notre Dame after serving as an assistant rowing coach at Northwestern in 2000-01. With the Wildcats, Schlosberg worked with the men's novice team and assisted with the men's and women's varsity squads, teaching the fundamentals of rowing and designing workout programs. He also was responsible for all of the rowing equipment.
A native of New Jersey, Schlosberg worked with some of the elite collegiate row- ing coaches during the summers of `01 and `02 at the Northeast Rowing Center in Maine.
A 2000 graduate of Northwestern with a degree in mechanical engineering, Schlosberg competed for the Wildcats' crew team from 1996-2000. He was captain in 1998-99 as his team won the Midwest Sprints and the Big Ten Sprint Championship in 1998.
Schlosberg was an executive board member of the rowing team from 1998-2000, as well as the team's marketing assistant and equipment manager. In addition to his coaching responsibilities at Northwestern, Schlosberg worked as a project engineer at ITW Buildex in Itasca, Ill. While at ITW Buildex, he led a multimillion-dollar product upgrade focusing on a new dimensional profile for the company. He also has worked as a graphics specialist at Exxon Research and Engineering in Clinton, N.J.
In June of '09 Schlosberg married Heather Constant. He and his wife reside in Granger.