2010 Coach of the Year Awards

The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association is pleased to announce the winners of its National Coach of the Year Awards. These awards are voted on by the membership of the CRCA and are intended to recognize head coaches whose teams have had outstanding success throughout the current season and who have demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach. The DI assistant coach of the year is intended to recognize an assistant coach who has had a significant impact on the performance of his/her team, has shown outstanding commitment to his/her coach and has demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach. Below are the names of the winners of the CRCA National Coach of the Year awards.
Division I

Head Coach: Kevin Sauer – University of Virginia
Completing his 15th year at the helm of Virginia Women’s Rowing, Coach Sauer led his team to a first time, first place team showing at the NCAA Rowing Championships in Sacramento, CA this past May. This follows team titles earlier this year at the ACC Championships and the South/Central Sprints.

Assistant Coach: Steve Pritzker – University of Virginia
Completing his 6th year as an assistant of Virginia Women’s Rowing, Coach Pritzker helped lead his team to a 2010 NCAA Team Championship in Sacramento, CA his past May. He was responsible for coaching the varsity 4 who won at NCAA’s. He also led the varsity 4 to victories at the ACC Championships and the South Central Sprints earlier in 2010.

Division II

Head Coach: Adrian Spracklen – Mercyhurst
Completing his 18th year at the helm of Mercyhurst Women’s Crew, Coach Spracklen led his Varsity 8+ to a first time, first place finish at the NCAA Rowing Championship in Sacramento, CA this past May.

Division III

Head Coach: Justin Moore – Williams
Completing his 11th year at the helm of the Women’s team at Williams, Coach Moore led his team to a fifth consecutive first place team finish – placing first and third in the Grand Final, and a Varsity 8+ National Championship at the NCAA Rowing Championship in Sacramento, CA this past May.

Lightweight

Head Coach: Al Acosta – Stanford University
Completing his 8th year at the helm of the Lightweight Women’s team at Stanford, Coach Acosta led his team to its first-ever IRA National Title in the lightweight 8 with a nearly four-second victory in the Grand Final in Camden, NJ earlier this June. Stanford’s previous best finish at the IRA was third in the lightweight 8.

2010 DI Regional Coaches of the Year

The Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association is pleased to announce the winners of its Regional Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year Awards. The Coach of the Year Award is intended to recognize a head coach that fits one or more of the following criteria: Outstanding success during the current season, demonstrated great team improvement from the prior season, fulfilled team’s potential and demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach.

The Assistant Coach of the Year award is designed to recognize an assistant coach or associate head coach who meets one or more of the following criteria: Outstanding commitment to his/her program, made a significant impact on the success of his/her program and demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach.

Below are the names of the winners of the CRCA Regional Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year Awards:

Central

Head Coach: Bebe Bryans – University of Wisconsin
Assistant Coach: Karen Kraft Rigsby – University of Wisconsin

Mid-Atlantic

Head Coach: Hilary Gehman – Cornell University
Assistant Coach: Dan Wolleben – Bucknell University

New England

Head Coach: Will Porter – Yale University
Assistant Coach: Jessica Lizzi – University of Rhode Island

South

Head Coach: Kevin Sauer – University of Virginia
Assistant Coach: Andrea Buch – University of Louisville

West

Head Coach: Dave O’Neill – University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Coach: Sarah Puddicombe – University of California, Berkeley

 

The above award winners are now eligible to win the National Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year Awards to be voted on in June.