Laura Ratz is the newest member of the Old Dominion women's rowing staff joining the Lady Monarchs from the University of Delaware.
"Laura brings a wealth of experience to her position and in just a short time with the staff this summer," said ODU head coach Dan Garbutt. "She has already made a very positive impact on the team."
As the graduate assistant for the Blue Hens, Ratz coached the varsity four to their two fastest seasons ever, finishing third at the ECAC Mid- Atlantic Regionals. She also coached the second novice boat in the Fall of 2010. In addition to her coaching duties, Ratz also finished her master's degree from Delaware in economics in May of 2011.
Prior to joining the Delaware staff, Ratz was a coach for Gippsland Grammar School in Victoria, Australia. At Gippsland, she coached the varsity girls to their best season in school history. Her quad went undefeated in the regular season, and then placed fifth at the Australian national championships.
Shortly after the national championships Ratz guided her quad to another outstanding performance at the Head of the Schoolgirls Regatta, the largest female-only regatta in the world. The quad placed third of the HOSG, besting the third and fourth place crews from the national championships.
Prior to her stint overseas in Australia, Ratz was a four-year varsity rower and Dean's List student at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, where she earned her undergraduate degree in economics. She was in the winning Eights at the 2005 and 2007 Knecht Cup and Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships. As a senior in 2008 she served as team captain and helped Washington College regain its title as Mid-Atlantic Champions and secure its first ever bid to the NCAA Rowing Championships. At Washington College, she was also a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon National Economic Honor Society and studied abroad at the University of London, Royal Holloway in Surrey, England.