Former OU rower Rebecca George returns to Norman after three years as the head varsity coach with Dallas United Crew and will serve as the Sooners’ novice coach.
“It’s great to welcome Rebecca back to OU,” Crain said “As a former walk-on and Big 12 Champion, she understands first-hand the importance of recruiting, developing, and retaining our top out-of-sport athletes and those who are new to the sport. She has proven herself to be one of the most successful junior coaches in the region and that experience has prepared her well for heading up our novice program.”
In Dallas, George coached 11 athletes to Division I rowing programs, including four to top-10 programs. She also led the crew’s Women’s V8 to regional championships in 2016 and 2018.
Prior to her time in Dallas, George was an accomplished rower at OU from 2009-13 and served as a student-athlete development graduate assistant in 2014 under Crain. As an athlete, the Washington, Okla., native played a crucial part in the team’s first ever Big 12 and C-USA Championships in 2013. In addition to succeeding on the water, George received several academic honors, including spots on the Academic All-Big 12 Second Team and Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2012 and 2013. She also earned the Academics Council Service Award in 2013.
George finished her undergraduate degree in multidisciplinary studies in 2013 and her graduate degree in human relations in 2016 from the University of Oklahoma.
“I was born and bred a Sooner,” George said. “Representing the University of Oklahoma as a student-athlete on the women’s rowing team was a great privilege and invaluable experience. Having a role in facilitating that experience for other student-athletes alongside an amazing coaching staff is an incredible opportunity. I’m very excited to be back.