After two years away from the program, Natalie Beglau returns to Troy as she enters her first season as the volunteer assistant coach for the Trojans.
Beglau comes to USC from the Lion's Rowing Club where she has been one of the club's main contributors since 2005. With her help, the club recently won the Thalia Kelly Consodine Cup as the fastest crew in the women's club eights at the 2007 San Diego Crew Classic and took silver at the 2006 Head of the Charles as the fastest club boat amongst all entries. She has also rowed with the San Diego Rowing Club.
While at USC, Beglau rowed as a walk-on novice in 2004 and was voted the novice squad's most valuable rower by her peers. She later earned a scholarship and rowed with the JV Eight, becoming a valuable piece of the 2005 squad that received USC's first team bid to the NCAA Championships in school history.
A passionate individual, always on the go, Beglau is an active advocate for organizations empowering young athletes including Girls on the Run, Students Run LA and Team in Training. At Girls on the Run, she has coached young women to run 5K races and assisted in helping youth develop valuable life skills.
Beglau has also been a volunteer coach for Students Run LA, a Los Angeles based organization that challenges at-risk secondary students to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health by providing them with a truly life-changing experience: the training for and completion of The City of Los Angeles Marathon. Her volunteer coaching has also included training participants to compete in the Junior Blind Olympics in erging.
Hailing from Lake Arrowhead, Calif., Beglau lettered in both cross country and track as a high school athlete. She graduated from USC in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and a double minor in Psychology and Musical Theatre.
She is now completing a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, Calif. After completing requirements for a license in marriage and family therapy, Beglau hopes to provide bilingual counseling services as she is fluent in Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys running, swimming, biking, snowboarding and sushi. She is also the author of a solo-performance theatrical show entitled Sunshine that depicts rowing as a therapeutic activity.