The rowing program offers the student-athletes at Villa Maria a competitive rowing environment in which they can learn commitment, teamwork, grit, and determination. The goal to provide a positive, supportive learning environment in which our athletes can strive for excellence.
Villa Maria rowing is in its 3rd year of competition after two years in a club setting. The 2020 season is its first as a school-sponsored varsity sport.
The team’s boathouse, Hines Rowing Center is located in Conshohocken and we row on the Schuylkill River. The team typically races in Philadelphia on the Schuylkill and on the Cooper River in NJ. Spring races are sprint style races, either 1500 meters or 2000 meters long. The Hurricanes race in 7-10 regattas in the spring. Most races are on Sundays with a few championship races on Friday/Saturdays.
During the fall and spring seasons, on-water practices are held at the Whitemarsh Boat Club. Land training days and the optional winter workouts are held at Villa. Students take the bus to Spring weekday practices; transportation home from practice is not provided, as well as to weekend practices and most regattas.
Coach Liz began her rowing career at Harriton High School, where she was a captain her senior year. She also raced during the club season for Bachelors Barge Club (earning a silver medal at USRowing Nationals) and for the USRowing National Development team. In college, Miller rowed for the University of Miami, where she medaled in many championships, including the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Championships, the Big East, and the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Championships.
Miller began her coaching career back at Harriton High School as the novice/freshman girls’ coach, and then as returning girls’ coach. She moved to Radnor Girls Crew Club as the first assistant coach and then head coach. She was also the Director of Rowing and Head Girls’ Coach for Harriton Boat Club (HBC), a club team that she founded in 2010. During her scholastic season coaching tenure, at least one of Coach Liz’s crews has medaled in the City Championship every year.
At the Stotesbury Cup, one of her crews earned bronze (HHS 2012 JV 4+), 2 of her crews earned silver (HHS 2013 V 4+, Radnor 2014 2nd 8+, Lower Merion 2018 JV4+ & V4+), and gold (Radnor 2015 V4+, Lower Merion 2017 JV4+). At the 2013 S.R.A.A. National Championship, her Harriton v4+ won gold, the first national championship since 2001. At Lower Merion, Liz coached crews to national championships in the JV4+ in 2017 and the V4+ in 2018.
In June of 2013, Coach Liz brought an HBC women’s varsity 4+ to the Women’s Henley Regatta in England where they advanced through to the final, narrowly losing to the British National Champion crew. In 2018, Coach Liz brought the Lower Merion varsity 4+ to Women’s Henley where they reached the quarter-finals, falling again to the British National Champions and eventual regatta winner.
In her time outside of rowing, Coach Liz works at Bala Cynwyd Middle School as an instructional assistant and as a machine sewing instructor at the Handwork Studio. This fall she also coached the BCMS 8th grade Field Hockey team. She loves to spend time with her family and her dog, Georgia.