Sept. 13, 2017
University of Notre Dame rowing head coach Martin Stone has announced two additions to his coaching staff for the 2017-18 season. Assistant coach Jami Montesano and director of operations Kurt Butler are now on campus and working with the team.
Montesano joins the program as the third Irish assistant coach, joining associate head coach Marnie Stahl and assistant coach Teresa Logemann. She 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.
Kurt Butler, the director of operations, returns to Notre Dame after serving as the Purdue women's club rowing coach for three seasons. Butler previously spent 11 years as the Notre Dame men's club crew team head coach while also serving as the operations specialist, boatman and rigger for the women's rowing team from 2008 through 2014. He then moved to Purdue University as Purdue Crew's assistant director and head coach of the women's club crew team.
In addition to his operations duties, Butler will also serve as rigger and boatman. He will be responsible for the transportation, set up and maintenance of Notre Dame's competitive boats.
"Kurt has a great history with Notre Dame rowing," Stone said. "He was the first call I made and even while I talked to him about the position, coaches from around the country were calling me to recommend him. He has a wealth of knowledge, loves Notre Dame and this place feels like home to him. He is a tremendous resource and a great person who can get a lot of things done. He will help out the men's club team and he adds to the University -- both as part of varsity athletics and recreational sports."
While serving as the head coach of the ND Rowing Club, Butler also worked with the Western Reserve Rowing Association in Cleveland, Ohio, from 2001-05 and was the head coach for the recreational masters, novice and experienced junior program. He guided his competitive masters team to victories at Canadian Henley and Masters Nationals.
Butler's relationship with the Notre Dame club crew team is so strong that one of the team's competitive shells bears his name.
Prior to his previous stint at Notre Dame, Butler served as the assistant crew coach at Connecticut College for the 2000-01 season and was the crew coach at Oswego State University in the fall of 1998.
Butler began his coaching career in the fall of 1991 when he was appointed co-coach of the women's program at Marietta College during his senior year. Four years later, he was named volunteer assistant coach at Purdue University for both the men's and women's teams, serving in that capacity from 1995-97. During his tenure with the Boilermaker program, he coached the women's varsity eight crews to second and third-place finishes at the Dad Vail Regatta and a second-place finish representing the United States in the International Invitational at the Henley Women's Regatta.
Butler earned his bachelor's of science in petroleum engineering from Marietta College in 1992 and later received his master's of science in management from Purdue University in `97.
Alan Wasielewski is an Associate Athletics Communication Director at the University of Notre Dame. He works primarily with the men's basketball and rowing team. A 2000 graduate of the University, Wasielewski is entering his 17th year at Notre Dame, working in both the multimedia productions and athletics communications offices in his time on campus.