Luke McGee didn’t know anything about rowing as a freshman at Loyola Academy in Illinois. He “was super competitive” and loved to play team sports, but wasn’t good enough to play for many of the school teams, he said. But family members and friends suggested he try out for the rowing team. Rowing as a high school sport was rare at the time, so McGee was extremely lucky, he said. Loyola Academy was the only school in a four-hour radius to have rowing — he tried it and instantly loved the challenge. McGee, the Syracuse women’s rowing head coach, is one of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s most decorated coaches, helping the program become a consistent championship contender. As a rower, McGee competed collegiately at three different schools and was a six-time national team member, coming just short of the Olympic team in two tries. That’s when he began to coach at Brown, one of his alma maters. He went on to coach in the 2016 Olympic games before making his way to Syracuse. Read full article here. Interested in more Rowers Choice and rowing content? Click here to learn about these rowing coaches and their rowing teams.