Skyline Head Rowing Coach named Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association Women’s Coach of the Year

As the head coach of Skyline’s Men’s and Women’s High School rowing teams since 2009, Kit Bennett has developed a culture of success for all students through the sport of rowing.

Kit Bennett
Coach Kit Bennett. (Photo courtesy of The Ann Arbor Observer.)

Kit Bennett, Director of Rowing & Skyline’s Men’s & Women’s Varsity/JV Head Coach, has been awarded the inaugural Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association Women’s Coach of the Year.

“I am very humbled to receive this honor from my peers who I greatly respect,” says Bennett. “I am fortunate to be part of such an incredible community of athletes, coaches, and families from our district and the Midwest region. We love what we do and know the impact this sport can have on students, not only as athletes but where it can take them on or off the water after high school.”

As the head coach of Skyline’s Men’s and Women’s High School rowing teams since 2009, Bennett has developed a culture of success for all students through the sport of rowing. His commitment to develop strong confident leaders is epitomized by the founding of the Kathryn Bennett Race Course in Southeast Michigan in 2022. The eight-lane sprint course is a strong contender to host and become the official home to scholastic rowing events in the Midwest for years to come. 

Skyline has earned first place in 70 Midwest Championship Events, two state championship Team Points Titles, and seven Scholastic National Championships over the past 14 years.

An alum of the U19 National Team coaching staff and the U23 National Team Development group, he continues to advocate for athletes at all levels.  Beyond his athletes’ success on the water, Bennett has led, mentored, and supported hundreds of athletes into roles outside of the sport and into college, jobs, and scholarships.

Alum Skyline Crew President David Sept wrote: “Kit’s core principles have always been hard work, compassion, and legacy, and he not only instills these values in his athletes, but he lives them on a daily basis.”

Skyline High School crew teams

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