Coaching Changes In The Wind For Women's Crew

June 6, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - OSU Women's Crew assistant coaches Jane LaRiviere and Matt Imes are leaving the program to accept coaching positions elsewhere in the country, it was announced Thursday.

LaRiviere, who has been an assistant coach at Oregon State for eight years, has accepted the head women's coaching position at Washington State University. Prior to coming to OSU, LaRiviere coached at the University of Oregon, the University of Western Ontario, the London Rowing Club, and with the Canadian National Team.

'We would not be where we are right now if not for the work that Jane has put in,' said head coach Charlie Owen. 'We're really going to miss having her around. Whoever comes in has some big shoes to fill.'

Working mostly with the freshman/novice squad, LaRiviere was instrumental in developing OSU crew into a Top-20 program. The OSU novice eight finished first at the Pac-10 Rowing Championships on May 19 in Sacramento, Calif.

'It was exciting to see Jane finish off her time here with the novice eight winning the Pac-10s. It was an outstanding achievement, and it was the first time that any Oregon State crew has won a Pac-10 Championship in a major event,' said Owen.

'I'll miss Jane, but I'm very excited for the opportunity that she has at Washington State. She is stepping into a really strong program, and I know that she is going to do a good job there. It's going to be tough to beat Washington State in the future. She really deserves this opportunity,' Owen continued.

Although recruiting of experienced rowers has increased over recent years, the freshman/novice crews have always included athletes who have never rowed before coming to OSU. LaRiviere was largely responsible for training these inexperienced athletes.

'Her primary role here was to coach athletes from other sports who had never rowed both teach them how to row, and to instill in them a love for the sport. It's not always an easy thing to do, and Jane did a really good job at it,' said Owen.

OSU women's assistant coach Matt Imes is also leaving, to accept a position as full-time assistant coach with the U.S. National Team in Princeton, NJ.

Imes has coached at Oregon State for five seasons; three years as men's freshman/novice coach, and two years as assistant women's coach. Primarily responsible for the JV eight, Imes also worked with the varsity eight, novice eight, and varsity four during his tenure. The OSU JV eight finished second at the Pac-10 Championships this year under Imes' tutelage.

Prior to coming to Oregon State, Imes coached at Gonzaga University, with the U.S. National Team, and at the University of Wisconsin.

'Our program showed a lot of development with the work that Matt put in,' said Owen. 'He did a very good job here and he will be missed, but he also has a great opportunity to work with the national team.'

The athletic department is accepting applications for the positions vacated by LaRiviere and Imes through Monday, June 10.

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