Amanda Purcell enters her third year as part of the Brown coaching staff, having helped the Bears to a pair of top-five national finishes in her first two seasons, including winning their sixth NCAA Championship in 2008. Purcell came to Brown in September of 2007 from The Ohio State University where she spent one year as a volunteer assistant for the varsity rowing team. While coaching at OSU, Purcell helped lead her varsity four crew to a 10th place finish at the Division I NCAA Tournament last year. Also, in the spring of 2006, Purcell was the assistant novice and varsity coach for Upper Arlington High School and a volunteer novice assistant for OSU's varsity program.
Purcell earned her Bachelor of Music Education from OSU and was a four-year member of the varsity rowing team. A standout rower with the Buckeyes, Purcell was a member of the Big-Ten Boat of the Week for five consecutive weeks in 2004, was Second Team All-Big Ten in 2005, and was also a first team All-Central Region pick and a first team Pocock All-American. In 2006, Purcell received an invitation to the National Senior Elite Camp, but she decided not to pursue it because of injury.