Ancient Spotlight: Coco Schoeller ’11

Alumna Corinne (Coco) Schoeller ’11 was recently featured in an article in the TC Palm, in which she discussed training with her teammates on the U.S. Women’s National Rowing Team in Palm Beach, Florida. Coco was also one of four athletes profiled in the Summer 2017 issue of “The Bulletin,” Miss Porter’s School’s magazine, in “She Plays, She Wins: Ancients in Athletics.” The following is an excerpt from that story.

At Miss Porter’s School, Corinne (Coco) Schoeller ’11 competed on the varsity crew and junior varsity field hockey teams. It was through her experiences in Porter’s athletics that Coco found enjoyment in sports and inspiration to pursue a career as a collegiate, and later an elite, rower.

Coco 2“Farmington was the first time I was a part of fun and competitive teams and as a result it was the first place I really enjoyed sports,” Coco reflects. “I learned what it was like to push myself, and what it was like to form the unique bond that teammates have. My teammates at Farmington were there for me when I succeeded and when I failed, and I don’t think I would be in elite rowing today if it wasn’t for them.”

Coco was recruited to row at Division I Brown University, where she continued to thrive. With the encouragement of her coaches at Brown, John and Phoebe Murphy, Coco set herself on the path to becoming an elite rower.

“[John and Phoebe] first pushed me towards elite rowing and the Olympic journey that I’m on today,” shares Coco. “They really instilled in me the importance of seeing an effort through to the bitter end and never, ever quitting. So when I was given the opportunity to row with the National Team and to see how far I could take it, there was no way for me to turn it down.”

Coco 3Coco was a gold medalist in the eight at the 2013 World Rowing Under 23 Championships and a silver medalist in the eight at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championships. After graduating from Brown in 2015, Coco moved to Princeton, N.J., to train with the U.S. Rowing Training Center – Princeton. She is currently a member of the women’s four Senior National Team, and in August 2016, she competed at the World Rowing Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, where her team placed second.

The talented athlete now has her sights set on the 2020 Olympics, where she aims to represent the United States as they compete in Tokyo, with the goal of bringing home a gold medal. And after that, Coco shares that she will probably switch to marathons and triathlons, “simple because I’m a pretty slow runner and will need another challenge!”

Read more about Coco Schoeller ’11 here

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