A former student-athlete for the Wildcats, Stephanie (Riegle) VanMatre returns for her fifth season as an assistant coach for the K-State Women's Rowing program. Riegle was a coxswain from 2000-2004 and then returned as the team's graduate assistant. Now a full-time coach, she is in charge of teaching athletes to race. In the office, she is responsible for logistics, records and gear so the team runs smoothly.
A letterwinner at K-State, Riegle was a coxswain for the Wildcats from 2000-04 under head coaches Jenny Hale and Patrick Sweeney. She was a member of the team that competed at the Head of the Charles in Boston, Mass., and also raced as a Wildcat at the Henley Women's Regatta in England. Her senior year was highlighted by a silver medal performance at the Southern IRAs.
As an undergraduate assistant Riegle assisted with practice and coached the freshman coxswains. Riegle also spent time as an administrative assistant with the program during the summers of 2003 and 2004. She took her expertise beyond K-State by acting as the rowing department head for Camp Vega for Girls in Fayette, Maine from June to August of 2005.
A native of Wichita, Kan., and 2000 graduate of Trinity Academy, Riegle earned her bachelor's degree from Kansas State in Family Studies and Human Services in 2005. She was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in seven of her eight semesters at K-State.
She lives in Clay Center with her husband Clinton.