“I am very thankful for having had the opportunity to work with amazing student-athletes and staff at Drake,” Thurstin said. “I am excited to take everything I have learned from my time at Drake to Stetson. My four years at Drake have been wonderful. We had many successes with our team on-and-off the water and I am very proud of their hard work. I am very lucky that Stetson and Drake are in the MAAC Conference so I have an excuse to keep an eye on Drake.” DeLand, Fla. – Drake University rowing assistant coach Katie Thurstin has been named head coach of Stetson University’s men’s and women’s rowing programs, Stetson Athletics announced on Wednesday, July 5. Prior to Drake, Thurstin served head coach of Denver University’s club rowing team in 2013 and was a member, private lessons instructor and an advanced program coach for the Rocky Mountain Rowing Club from 2004-2013. The Eagan, Minn., native was a member of the University of Minnesota rowing team for two seasons and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in global studies and a minor in Spanish. In addition to her role at Drake, Thurstin spent two seasons as the head coach of the Des Moines Rowing Club.Print Friendly Version Thurstin, who came to Drake in July, 2013, was in charge of the Bulldogs’ novice team and assisted with the day-to-day operations of the program and the recruitment of student-athletes. Under her leadership, the novice team achieved an increase in student-athletes and several boats over the past four seasons have achieved great success at different regattas and races. “I wish Katie good luck at Stetson,” said Drake head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “She did so many great things for our program in four years. I am really happy for her to get one of the premier available positions in the country this year. It is really great to have a Drake person move on to bigger and better things.”
A well-known psychiatrist with a reported $2.5 million life insurance policy. A house guest with a felony record. A drunken party the night before.The story was convoluted, but jurors still convicted 26-year-old Ibn Aquil of Baltimore of second-degree attempted murder for trying to strangle his cousin’s husband last spring.After deliberating five hours over two days, the jury of eight women and four men also convicted Aquil of first-degree assault in the April 13, 2009, attack on Barry Maletzky, 68.Sentencing before Clark County Superior Court Judge Rich Melnick was set for June 18. Second-degree attempted murder carries a minimum sentence of nine years in prison. Aquil will likely face more time because of several prior felony convictions in Maryland, including arson and burglary, which will boost the potential sentence, Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik said.Time served for attempted murder and first-degree assault will be counted concurrently.Testimony in the three-day trial indicated Aquil came with several family members from Baltimore to visit his 32-year-old cousin, Tiara Maletzky, last spring. The prosecution alleged he tried to kill Maletzky for his life insurance policy, for which Tiara — Maletzky’s wife –was a beneficiary.Aquil was staying with the couple at Maletzky’s 8,000-square-foot home on Northeast 193rd Street. After attending a party with Tiara and another relative, an intoxicated Aquil arrived back at Maletzky’s house around 6 a.m. April 13.