Emma Gresson, a native of Hamilton, New Zealand, is now in her fifth season as one of the Oklahoma rowing assistant coaches. Gresson, who previously headed up Oklahoma’s novice program stepped into the varsity assistant position this year.
During Gresson’s four seasons with Oklahoma, she has helped the team win two back-to-back Big 12 and Conference USA titles.
In 2014 she coached the third varsity eight to wins at both Big 12s and Conference USA. In 2013 her third varsity eight placed second at Big 12s and her novice eight placed second at Conference USA.
In 2012 her novice eight won the Conference USA Championship.
In 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.
Gresson 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
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.
Gresson competed collegiately at UCF under Leeanne Crain, OU’s current head coach. 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 New Zealand, Gresson attended Otago University and was a member of the university's varsity squad. She was chosen for the New Zealand University Team, where she competed in a Trans-Tasman Duel against Australia.
She was previously selected for the Waikato Regional Performance Center and in 2006 placed first in the New Zealand National Championship regatta in the U21 eight. That same year she placed second at the New Zealand National Championship regatta in the women's club eight.