Seth Hussey
Seth Hussey
Title: Head Rowing Coach | Boathouse Director
Phone: 413-538-2851

Seth Hussey was named the Head Rowing Coach and Lecturer in Physical Education at Mount Holyoke in August of 2017. He came to South Hadley following a three-year stint as the novice coach and recruiting coordinator for the Wellesley College crew program.

During his first season, Hussey helped guide the Lyons to solid finishes over 11 races. Highlighting the year was a fourth-place finish at the 2017 Seven Sisters Championship, followed by sixth overall in the spring at the 2018 NEWMAC Championship. MHC saw senior Ariya Lawson and sophomore Elizabeth Hazen named to the NEWMAC All-Conference Second Team for their efforts at the conference event. The Lyons closed out the season at the National Invitational Rowing Championship, as the varsity eight took 18th overall, while the second varsity eight was 17th.

In the past three years at Wellesley, Hussey helped guided the novice eight to two New England and ECAC/NIRC Championships. He helped the team to a Collegiate 8 medal at the head of the Charles, three consecutive Seven Sisters and NEWMAC titles, three consecutive team podium finishes at NCAA’s and its first DIII national championship in 2016.  Following the varsity eight and team championship, Wellesley’s first, Hussey was honored by the CRCA as part of the DIII Coaching Staff of the Year.

Prior to Wellesley, Hussey spent time as the women’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at both Bates College (‘13-‘14) and Hamilton College (’08-’11), two DIII NESCAC programs, as well as serving as the women’s graduate assistant and novice rowing coach at Purdue University (’11-’13).  While at Purdue, Hussey completed an M.S. degree in Kinesiology. He has worked as part of USRowing’s Junior Boys Development camp since the programs inception in 2013.

Hussey was a walk-on rower at St. Lawrence University, where he completing a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience in 2008. He has been happily married to his wife Kirsti since 2015 and they share a 5 year old lab/pointer mix named Easton.

Cara Murphy '14
Cara Murphy '14
Title: Assistant Rowing Coach | Equipment Manager
Phone: 413-538-2562

Cara Murphy was named the assistant coach for the rowing program and second-year head coach, Seth Hussey at the start of the 2018-19 season.  Murphy is a former four-year standout and captain for Mount Holyoke rowing.


Murphy returns to Mount Holyoke after serving as the head novice coach at Division I Colgate University since 2016. During her tenure with the Raiders, she was responsible for on-campus recruiting, developing and implementing training plans, while also overseeing the transition of novices into life as a Division 1 student-athlete. Among her successes included seven medal-winning finishes by her novice crews, including winning the 2017 Kerr Cup Novice 8 race.

In addition, Murphy has also served as the head of sculling at Hosmer Point Camp since 2015. Among her responsibilities in that role included developing curricula for sculling programs for youths ages 9-16, whose abilities ranged from novice to competitive racing.

Prior to Colgate, Murphy served as the assistant coach at nearby Smith College, where she aided the head coach with lineups, travel arrangements and fundraising. She also coached the team’s third and fourth varsity boats, while performing a majority of rigging and maintenance on various rowing equipment.

During her Mount Holyoke career, Murphy was a three-year NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection. She was an All-Conference honoree as a junior. Additionally, Murphy was a Seven Sisters Scholar-Athlete, named to multiple ECAC/NIRC All-Academic Teams, as well as a CRCA National Scholar-Athlete. She also served as the team manager for the Lyons swimming and diving team for two seasons.

A native of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Murphy graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in from Mount Holyoke in 2014. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Sports and Exercise Studies from Smith College in 2016.

Kirsti Hussey
Title: Strength and Conditioning - Rowing