About Mary Whipple
The 9th Seat is the brainchild of Mary Whipple. Mary is dedicated to giving coxswains the resources to make good decisions on the water and more importantly the skills to execute those decisions.
Mary has been in the 9th seat for over half her life, 17 years. She’s held the 9th seat in the United States Women’s eight for the past ten years and dreams about going for the 2012 Olympics. Mary coxed the 2004 Olympic eight to a Silver medal finish ending a 20-year Olympic drought. She and her Athens teammates set the foundation for a successful campaign toward the 2008 Olympics where Mary steered the eight to two World Championship titles in 2006 and 2007 in route to a Gold medal performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
After taking a year off after the 2008 Beijing Olympics to earn her M.ed. in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership from the University of Washington she felt the need to compete again to help the United States women defend their Gold medal. With World Championship wins in 2010 and 2011, Mary and her teammates are training hard for London 2012.
Mary is trying to give back to the sport that has given her so much by providing a website that gives coxswains a direct link to her insights and her beliefs of what coxswains should and shouldn’t do. Mary believes that her success has been achieved because she has seen herself as a teammate first and then a coxswain second.