Varsity Women's Coach: Matthew Dignan

Varsity Men's Coach: Travis Hillier

Varsity Women // Matthew Dignan

Matt started rowing at Sydney Grammar School in Australia in 2003 and, despite early skepticism, quickly realized success from racing was well worth the grind of training. Through the final two years of high school Matt competed on the junior national team for Australia in the coxed 4 and pair, placing 5th and 3rd respectively at the junior world championships. Matt was then offered a full scholarship to the University of California, Berkeley and knew it was too promising an offer pass him by. During his 4 years at Cal, he raced at 4 IRA's and earned all Pac-12 academic honors.

Returning home from California, Matt won multiple state and national championships. In 2015 Matt's crew won gold in the Prince Albert Cup (4+) at the Henley Royal Regatta. Over the next year Matt would compete on the Australian Olympic squad for a spot in Rio.

His rowing career finished, Matt moved to Chicago in Fall 2016 with his wife, Remy. They are both eager to explore the unknown challenges of a true winter. 



Travis Hillier was introduced to rowing in his home town of Dallas, TX while a junior in high school. He continued his rowing career in 2010 when he joined the Northwestern's crew as a sophomore. After a successful three years with NU, culminating in a summer of rowing in Philadelphia at the Penn AC, Travis returned to NU Crew in the fall of 2013 as the Novice Men's Coach. After two and a half years growing NU's novice rowers, Travis was elevated to the Varsity Men's Coach position, and looks forward to developing varsity rowers for years to come. In addition to his role at Northwestern, Travis serves as the Captain of the men's competitive crew at the Chicago Rowing Foundation.