Kayleigh Durm joined the Columbia rowing programs in 2017 as the Director of Operations after spending three years as the coxswain coach and volunteer assistant with the heavyweight men's program at MIT.
She began coxing as a freshman at Marietta High School in Marietta, Ohio in 2002 before joining the Syracuse University women's program in 2006. In 2008, she transferred to Ohio State to complete her bachelor's degree in Sport Science and Human Performance. As a senior, Durm was offered an internship with the fifth-ranked Buckeyes football team, where she worked alongside the strength and conditioning staff during the 2010-2011 season that ended with a win at the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
In 2012, Durm saw an opportunity to capitalize on the lack of relevant resources pertaining to coxswain education and launched "Ready all, row...," a blog that acts as the go-to reference site for coxswains at the junior, collegiate, and pre-elite levels. She regularly answers questions and creates original content aimed at teaching coxswains everything they need to know but are not taught when they first start out in the sport. Purely through word of mouth, in the last five years the readership has grown to nearly 30,000 hits per month from over 80 countries.
In addition to her work on her own site, she's also a featured columnist in COXING Magazine, as well as the head of the coxswain education program at Northeast Rowing Center.