Dr. Mike Davenport
Dr. Mike Davenport
Title: Head Coach/Director of Rowing Program
Phone: 410-778-7226
Email: mdavenport2@washcoll.edu
Previous College: Florida Institute of Technology '78
Office Location: Johnson Fitness Center

Dr. Mike Davenport oversees both the women's and men's rowing programs and was appointed Washington's sixth women's rowing head coach in the summer of 1990. 

The Shorewomen have captured four Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Championships under Davenport, in 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2014. He was named the conference's Coach of the Year in 2013 after securing the league's first-ever automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championships. It marked the first time in team history that the Shorewomen had earned a full team berth to the NCAA Championships. Washington finished sixth at the Championships, headlined by a fifth-place finish in the first varsity eight. Davenport was subsequently named the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Coach of the Year for Division III for the first time. The following spring, the Shorewomen again won the MARC's automatic bid to the championships and returned to the NCAA Division III Championships. 

After several years of having the top-ranked team and/or boat in the Mid-Atlantic region, Davenport guided the Shorewomen's varsity eight to the program's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Championships in 2008. He was also named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year that same season. The Shorewomen returned to the NCAA Division III Championships the following year as the first varsity eight was again selected as an at-large boat.

Prior to arriving at Washington, Davenport was head coach at the University at Albany. Mike graduated from FIT in 1978, where he won several Dad Vail medals. After graduation, he was an assistant coach and was instrumental in FIT winning several national titles as well as the Dad Vail overall point trophy.

Davenport's coaching experience has extended well beyond the collegiate experience realm and onto the National Rowing Team. For two years, he was an assistant coach to the US Pre-Elite Heavyweight team. He spent the summer of 1991 in Cuba as a member of the Pan American team and was a member of the 1992-95 US World Championship teams. Most recently, Davenport was a member of the 1996 Olympic Team in Atlanta, GA.

A collegiate coach for 29 years, Davenport also serves as Washington's compliance coordinator and as an adjunct professor. Apart from his duties at the college, he wear several other hats. He is one of the founders of SportWork; has authored several books (Nuts and Bolts Guide to Rigging, Excel with the NCAA Bylaws, and Acid Reflux in Infants and Children); has spoken regularly at coaching conferences, workshops, and conventions; and is a primary educational consultant for USRowing.

Davenport also has several web sites and blogs currently in production, including ReThink Coaching, RowCollege, and MaxRigging.

Allison Murphy
Allison Murphy
Title: Senior Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Phone: 410-810-7469
Email: amurphy4@washcoll.edu
Previous College: Central Florida '09

Allison Murphy was named an assistant coach for the Shorewomen during the summer of 2011. She had most recently served as the varsity and novice women's coach at Space Coast Crew in Satellite Beach, FL since August 2009.

With Space Coast Crew, Murphy was responsible for 72 varsity and novice level high school rowers. Space Coast Crew is a non-profit organization established in 1996 to promoted the sport of rowing among Brevard County high school students. Murphy previously rowed for the organization while in high school.

Murphy was a four-year coxswain for the men's rowing team while attending the University of Central Florida. She made an immediate impact with the Knights, moving from novice to varsity as a freshman, and served as the team's head coxswain for three years.  As a senior, she coxed the Knights to a second-place finish in the men's varsity four at the Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association (FIRA) Championships.  She also coxed for the second-place boat in the men's varsity four "b" event at the FIRA Championships as a freshman.

During her junior and senior years at Central Florida, Murphy also coxed for the Orlando Rowing Club.

Murphy earned a B.A. in Organization/Interpersonal Communication from Central Florida in 2009. 

Lauren McElhenny
Lauren McElhenny
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 410-810-7469
Email: mcelhenny2@washcoll.edu
Previous College: Nova Southeastern '09

An NCAA Division II National Champion, Lauren McElhenny joined the Shorewomen's coaching staff during the summer of 2009. McElhenny was a four-year rower at Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

McElhenny's outstanding collegiate rowing career concluded at the 2009 NCAA Division II Championships, where she rowed for the Sharks' National Championship-winning varsity four. It was McElhenny's third appearance at NCAA's as she was a member of the third-place varsity four at the 2008 championships and a member of the fourth-place varsity four at the 2006 championships.

A 2009 All-Sunshine State Conference (SSC) selection, McElhenny rowed for back-to-back SSC Championship-winning varsity fours and was a member of three SSC Overall Points Championship teams. She also helped Nova Southeastern to its first-ever FIRA Team Championship as a senior.

In addition to her success on the water, McElhenny was an outstanding student at Nova Southeastern and was named a 2008 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete. She earned a degree in Education from the school in 2009.

Caren Saunders
Caren Saunders
Title: Assistant Coach
Email: csaunders2@washcoll.edu
Previous College: Virginia '97

Caren Saunders has served as an assistant women's rowing coach at Washington College since the 2001-02 season. Saunders came to Chestertown from Fredericksburg, VA, where she taught history at Chancellor High School from 1997 until 2001.

Saunders earned a B.A. in History and Russian and an M.T. in Secondary Social Studies from the University of Virginia in 1997. At Virginia, she sat stroke for the novice eight (1992-93), varsity eight (1993-94), and lightweight eight (1994-96) teams.

A graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, VA, Saunders served as a "Learn to Row" coach for the Rivanna Rowing Club in Charlottesville, VA, during the summers of 1994 and 1995.

Saunders resides in Chestertown with her husband, Ronald, and her sons, Barnes and Shane.

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