Beavers Hire Two Women's Assistant Crew Coaches

July 26, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Erica Schwab and Kushlani de Soyza have been hired as assistant coaches for the Oregon State Uniersity women's crew program, head coach Charlie Owen announced Friday.

Schwab had been the head women's crew coach at Trinity College in Connecticut for the past four years, while de Soyza had been an assistant coach at the University of Virginia since August, 2000.

'We're excited to have both women join our staff. They both come to OSU with some really good experience,' said Owen.

Schwab began coaching at Trinity in 1996, spending two seasons as the novice coach before being promoted to head coach in July, 1998. She also spent the 97-98 season as an assistant women's basketball coach. She taught physical education courses at Trinity since 1996, and in May, 2001, she was named the school's Physical Education Coordinator.

Schwab received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Washington in 1996. She was a three-year letterwinner and competed in the National Championship Regatta in 1993 and 1995 before working as a varsity intern with the Husky program in 1996.

'Erica had a very competive rowing career at Washington, and she did a lot while she was the head coach at Trinity,' said Owen. 'The program has made a lot of progress since she's been there, so we're looking forward to that.'

De Soyza coached the novice team at Virginia, with her team winning the Novice 8 ACC Championship both in 2001 and 2002. Prior to joining the Cavalier staff, she spent six years coaching at the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club. Cincinnati's Youth 8 squad won the national championship in 1999 and 2000. de Soyza also served as an assistant coach at the 2001 and 2002 U.S. Junior National Team Development Camp.

She attended Northwestern University, where she was a coxswain for the school's club team from 1988-1992. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern in 1992.

'Kush brings a lot of good experience with her. She won a couple national championships as a junior coach in Cincinnati, and her novice team at Virginia was very competitive,' said Owen.

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