Women's Crew Announces Sara Nevin as Novice Coach

July 13, 2001

The University of California and women's head crew coach Dave O'Neill announced today of the hiring of Sara Nevin as the school's women's novice crew coach. She will begin her duties on August 15, 2001.

Nevin comes to Cal after serving as the executive director and head coach at the Lake Lanier Rowing Club in Gainesville, GA. During her six years in Georgia, Nevin coached all levels of rowers from beginners to athletes training for the U.S. National team. In addition to her coaching, Nevin acted as the full-time boathouse and rowing club director as well as Regatta Director for the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships in 1998 and 2001.

Before arriving at Lake Lanier, Nevin spent seven years coaching in the Seattle, WA. Between 1989-92 Nevin headed the Seattle Training Center, coaching a group of elite and pre-elite rowers. Her stint culminated with all eight women earning spots on the '92 Olympic team. From 1990-96 Nevin also coached the varsity boys rowing team at the Mount Baker Rowing Club. There, Nevin grew a program of 16 athletes to over 50 and won four USRowing Junior National Championships including the school-boys eight in 1993.

Nevin earned a B.A. in political science with a minor in pre-medicine from the University of Washington in 1985. During her rowing career at UW, Nevin won three varsity eight national championships between 1983-85.

'Sara is a women of tremendous integrity and is a very talented coach,' said O'Neill. 'She will do a terrific job with the incoming class of recruits and the entire program will benefit from her ability. I am thrilled she is coming to Cal and excited to be working with her.'

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