CORVALLIS, Ore. – Vita Scaglione, who has served as an assistant coach with the Oregon State women’s rowing team for the past eight seasons, has been promoted to the role of associate head coach, Emily Ford announced Friday.
“Vita has been invaluable to this program,” Ford said. “Without a doubt, she is one of the best assistant coaches in our sport. She is an avid student of the sport, she is an incredible recruiter, and she is extremely passionate about helping to move the needle here at Oregon State. On top of all that, she is a winner – someone who knows how to work her tail off to get the job done.
“Vita and I have known each other for a very long time – since I coached her back at Michigan – and we have developed great synergy as coaches. I trust her implicitly, I appreciate the standards that she holds, and I value the insightful feedback she brings to the table. She could not be more deserving of this promotion.”
As the program’s recruiting coordinator at Oregon State, Scaglione can be credited with recruiting several key contributors to Beaver Rowing including this past year’s Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-American, Anna Taylor, and Pac-12 All-Conference selection Ellen Pesek.
“It is an honor to receive this promotion,” Scaglione said. “I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Emily for almost two decades. I believe strongly that the continuity of our working relationship along with a shared vision of Oregon State Rowing as an enduring national contender, have been central in creating forward momentum within the rowing program.
“As the recruiting coordinator, I value the opportunity to meet and to get to know so many remarkable young women and their families. At home in Corvallis, I am grateful for the opportunity to work with driven, intelligent and competitive people here at Oregon State. From the professors on campus to the athletics and academics support staff, to the OSU sport coaches, and particularly to the student-athletes; working at Oregon State University is inspiring and enriching on every level, every day.”
Following the 2007 season, Scaglione guided the Second Varsity Eight to a second place finish at the San Diego Crew Classic as well as victories over Iowa, Stanford and Washington State, and a fifth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships. She was recognized by the CRCA as the 2007 West Region’s Assistant Coach of the Year.
Scaglione’s 2V8 found further success in 2008 racing to a silver medal finish at the Pac-10 Championships, the Beavers’ first podium finish since 2005. She was honored by the U.S. Rowing National Team program when she was selected to coach at the 2008 U.S. Junior Development Camp.
In 2009, her 2V8 once again raced to a fifth-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships and concluded the season with a strong 14th-place finish at the NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships.
Scaglione joined the rowing world as a walk-on at the University of Michigan her sophomore year. She went on to be named as the team captain as a senior. Upon exhausting her eligibility, she stayed on at Michigan as a volunteer coach.
Her first exposure to west coast rowing came as the head novice coach at Washington State from 2001-04. In 2002, Scaglione’s crew won the San Diego Crew Classic and earned a silver medal finish at the Pac-10 Championships and she helped lead the Cougars’ Varsity Eight to secure a bid to the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history.
In 2003, Scaglione helped direct WSU to another victory at the San Diego Crew Classic and its first team appearance at the NCAA Championships. Scaglione and WSU returned to NCAA Championships for a third straight year in 2004, finishing ninth in the nation.
Scaglione returned to Michigan to coach the Wolverines’ novices in the fall of 2004, where she led them to victory in the Central/South Regional Championships in the spring of 2005. She led her crew to a silver medal finish at the same regatta the following year.
She is a 1999 graduate from Michigan with a degree in biology and a minor in English. She is currently working on a Master's of Business Administration at Oregon State.