A former standout rower for Washington State University, Corrie McGrath begins her fifth season on the Cougar coaching staff as the head novice coach. McGrath returned to the Palouse in 2008 after a year as the head novice coach and assistant varsity coach at Clemson University in Clemson, S.C.
Last season, McGrath led the WSU novice boat to victories in duels against Washington, Gonzaga and Oregon State. The novice eight captured a third place finish in the Lake Natoma Invite. To conclude the season, McGrath and the novice eight improved from a year ago and placed third at the Pac-12 Championships.
In the 2011 season, McGrath led the Cougar novice eight to a fourth-place finish at the San Diego Crew Classic, defeating Oklahoma and Tulsa in the Grand Final. The crew also out-stroked then No. 7 Michigan State and Oregon State during the spring season on its way to a fourth-place finish at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships.
During the 2010 season, McGrath led the WSU novice boat to a second-consecutive Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy at the San Diego Crew Classic, as well as a second-place finish at the Lake Natoma Invite. Later in the season, the novice eight placed fifth at the Pac-10 Championships.
In 2009, under McGrath's guidance, the novice eight crew captured the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy at the San Diego Crew Classic. The novice eight also notched a second-place finish at the Lake Natoma Invitational and had a fifth-place showing at the Pac-10 Championships.
In her first season at WSU, McGrath led the Cougar novice eight to a third-place finish at the San Diego Crew Classic, a win over Ohio State at Columbus and a fourth-place showing at the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Championships.
In 2007, the Tigers' novice eight crew finished first at the ACC Championships under McGrath's direction. On top of her duties as novice coach at Clemson, McGrath was the director of recruiting and oversaw the graduate assistant and volunteer staff.
Prior to her work with the Tigers, McGrath served as the varsity lightweight coach at the University of Central Florida in 2005-06 and as an assistant coach for UCF, which placed 16th at the NCAA Championships in 2007. Returning to her former high school rowing club, McGrath started her coaching career with the Everett Rowing Association from 2003-05. She was the masters recruiting coordinator, and coached the lightweight varsity and novices.
McGrath rowed at Washington State from 1999-03 where she earned four letters and served as team captain. A two-time Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) second team All-American, four-time CRCA West Region First Team and two-time Pacific-10 All-Conference honoree, McGrath led the Cougars to NCAA Championship appearances in 2002 and 2003.
Academically, McGrath was twice named to the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Team. She earned a degree in psychology, with minors in sociology and sport management from Washington State in 2003.