|Alma Mater:||Colby College|
Colin Truex enters his eighth campaign as the head coach of the UC San Diego women's rowing team in 2019-20, as the team looks for its fourth-straight NCAA Championships appearance. After five successful seasons as an assistant with the UC San Diego men, he became the third head coach of the women's program in August of 2012.
Since taking over, Truex has led the Tritons to appearances in the NCAA Championships in 2013, 2017, 2018, and 2019. In 2018, UC San Diego's Varsity 8 matched a program best with a runner-up finish in the grand final, which was their first second-place showing in the race since 2007.
Under Truex, the Tritons have impressed in their national rankings. In both 2018 and 2019, the Tritons were ranked as high as No. 2 in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll.
Additionally, the Tritons have garnered 11 All-America honors during Truex's tenure. Truex coached Michelle Robbins, Kelly Peterson (twice), Nicole Hammonds, Marie Kawahara, Sydney McGuire, Catherine Mosher, Brooke Campbell, Tonya Khounani, and Juni Kim (twice) to All-America accolades.
Truex came to La Jolla prior to the 2007-08 season. As the top assistant coach, he helped build the UC San Diego men's program into one of the top competitors on the West Coast. Coaching the novice squad, he led the Tritons to several impressive showings across the country, including a 12th-place finish by the Freshman 8 boat at the 2011 IRA Championship Regatta.
Truex paced UC San Diego to an impressive campaign in 2008-09 as the Tritons put together an undefeated run at the Pac-10 Challenge and then claimed an improbable petite final victory at the San Diego Crew Classic. His novice squad earned an invitation to the IRAs and went on to finish 17th overall.
In addition to his coaching duties, Truex also served as recruiting coordinator and developed a plan that transformed the program from one that relied exclusively on walk-ons to one that is primarily made up of recruited athletes. He was also actively involved with camps, travel, fundraising, and alumni and parent relations.
Truex began his coaching career at Ohio State University in 2000, where he served as the novice coach of the men's club team for two seasons. In 2004, he was named an assistant coach with the women's crew program at San Diego State, where he helped guide the Aztecs to back-to-back first-place finishes at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships and a pair of top-10 showings for the Lightweight 8 boat at the national championships.
He also served as SDSU's recruiting coordinator and his efforts led to the signing of over 60 high school student-athletes during his five years with the program.
From 2004-06, Truex held the position of student-athlete affairs coordinator at San Diego State and was the primary liaison to admissions for all prospective student-athletes for the institution's 18-sports.
A native of Wethersfield, Conn., Truex graduated cum laude with honors from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, with a bachelor's degree in Government. He received his MBA with specialization in Management from San Diego State in 2007.
A four-year letter winner on the Colby crew, Truex spent three seasons with the top Varsity 8 boat, winning medals at the Head of the Charles, New England Championships, and New Hampshire Championships. He was also a two-time grand finalist at the ECAC Championships and stroked a silver-medal-winning Open 4 at the IRA Championship Regatta. Truex rowed internationally while studying abroad at University College London his junior year, competing in the Temple Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.
Truex and his wife, Jenny, reside in Allied Gardens with their sons, Griffin and Campbell.