BY EMILY BLOMQUIST ’18
Previously the boathouse manager and novice rowing coach at Wellesley College, Hussey joins the Mount Holyoke athletic department as a lecturer in physical education and the head rowing coach. Prior to his time at Wellesley College, Hussey was the women’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Bates College and Hamilton College.
Hussey appreciates that “as coaches we get to know our athletes at their highest and lowest points. We see them succeed we see them struggle, and in doing so, have an amazing opportunity to watch them grow and learn about their inner strengths as they mature physically and emotionally.” For Hussey it’s a privilege to play “some small role in that growth over their four years with us.”
While extremely busy, Hussey expressed excitement over the enthusiasm he’s witnessed from returning and novice rowers at Mount Holyoke.
Looking towards the future, Hussey said that “Ultimately we want to be competitive nationally,” but he also stressed the importance of “building a strong, cohesive roster.”
Originally from Germany, Mount Holyoke’s new head dressage coach began riding when she was 10 years old and has trained with some of the most talented dressage riders in Germany and Austria, according to the Mount Holyoke dressage team. Before coming to Mount Holyoke she owned and operated her own training facility in Vermont, where several of her students trained beforewinning bronze or silver medals. During this time Lee won her United States Dressage Federation (USDF) bronze, silver and gold medals. Through coaching, Lee hopes to use these prior experiences to “light a spark in [students] to become better riders...” and to “broaden their [dressage athletes] basic skills.”
Passionate and knowledgeable about her sport, Lee stresses the importance of these basic skills and said “Historically, dressage training went astray many times in order to achieve outcomes that were fashionable or deemed quicker … However, there was a realization that those erroneous pathways never led to lasting success, so classical dressage training was reintroduced again.”