Emma Gresson, a native of Hamilton, New Zealand, is now in her second season as the Oklahoma rowing assistant coach. Gresson, who oversees Oklahoma’s novice program, previously worked with the Orlando (Fla.) Area Rowing Society (OARS), assisting with the junior girls' program and coached and co-coordinated the men's masters program
During Gresson’s first season, her novice team helped Oklahoma place second at the Big 12 Championship and fourth at the Conference USA Championship. The team placed in the top 20 during four of the regular-season regattas.
"I am thrilled to have Emma on board as a member of our coaching staff," said Oklahoma head coach Leeanne Crain. "I know she will do a great job guiding our novice athletes in their first year of collegiate rowing. She is a perfect fit for our program. Her passion, enthusiasm and love of the sport will factor significantly in the growth and development of our novice team."
While with OARS, Gresson guided the junior girls' program to two state titles, a regional win and a second-place finish at the regional championship. In both roles with the junior girls' and men's masters, she taught new athletes basic rowing skills and technique, as well as developing competitive crews.
In addition to her position at OARS, Gresson worked in the athletics academics office at her alma mater, the University of Central Florida.
Gresson competed collegiately at UCF under Crain. As a member of the varsity eight, Gresson experienced strong success at UCF. She graduated with a degree in psychology from UCF in 2009. Gresson is a two-time Conference-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal honoree.
In her native New Zealand, Gresson attended Otago University and was a member of the university's varsity squad. While there, she was selected for the Otago Regional Performance Center. In 2006, Gresson placed first in the New Zealand National Championship regatta in the U21 eight. She was chosen for the New Zealand University Team, where she competed in a Trans-Tasman Duel against Australia. That same year she placed second at New Zealand National Championship regatta in the women's club eight.