Nicole Younts enters her sixth season as head coach and seventh overall at Saint Mary's in 2013-14.
Younts came to Saint Mary's as an assistant coach in 2007, and became just the second full-time coach in program history when she succeeded Pasha Spencer for the 2008-09 season.
Since then, Younts has established a tradition of consistent success and development when it comes to Gaels rowing.
During her tenure as head coach, Saint Mary's has finished fourth or better every year at the West Coast Conference Championships. In 2013, the Gaels finished third at the meet, with a third-place finish by the Varsity 8 boat completing a late rally for the Gaels to move into a medal spot.
Program highlights under Younts also include a second-place finish in the Varsity 8 at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships (WIRA) in 2012. The Varsity 4 finishing second at the 2010 Head of the Charles and the Varsity 8 reaching the grand final at the San Diego Crew Classic in both 2009 and 2013 were also noteworthy accomplishments.
Under Younts, the SMC rowing team has consistently been one of the school's top achievers in the classroom as well.
Between the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the Gaels have earned honorable mention or better on the WCC All Academic team nine times. In her first five seasons as head coach, 18 Gaels have earned a Scholar Athlete award from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA).
The Gaels have also been active in the community during Younts' tenure, earning the school's LaSallian Service Award in 2008 and 2012.
Younts came to Saint Mary's from Stanford, where she was assistant coach for the varsity lightweight program from 2004-2007. During her tenure with the Cardinal, she helped the developing varsity program attain both regional and national success.
In the summer of 2006, Coach Younts assisted the U.S. U23 women's team during training development and selection in California. The selected crew went on to win a gold medal and set a world record at the U23 World Championships in Hazewinkel, Belgium.
From 2003-2004, Younts was the assistant varsity coach at the University of California at Berkeley. She coached the Varsity 4+ that finished second at the Pac-10 Championships and fifth at the NCAA Championships. Cal Women's Crew won their first Pac-10 team championship that spring, on the way to finishing fourth at NCAAs.
Younts began rowing at West Springfield High School in Springfield, VA. She attended the University of Virginia and graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering. While rowing for Virginia, Younts earned four letters.
Her accomplishments include medaling at the Eastern Sprints, the IRA National Championships, and the Head of the Charles. During her senior year, Younts was a team captain of the Virginia squad that finished second at the NCAA Championships.
She was a finalist at the 1999 CRASH-B Indoor World Rowing Championships, and was also selected to the U.S. Lightweight Development camp at Riverside Boat Club.