Stanford Names Yasmin Farooq Women's Rowing Coach

Aug. 18, 2006

Stanford, Calif. - Yasmin Farooq was named the head women's rowing coach at Stanford today. Farooq was selected from an impressive field of candidates from across the nation vying for the coaching position.

'Yaz's tremendous passion to work with and lead our student-athletes, and her desire to maximize their experience and potential directly led to her hire,' said Stanford Senior Associate Athletic Director Ray Purpur.

Farooq has been involved in all aspects of U.S. Rowing from coaching and representing the organization, while also serving as the color commentator for NBC's Olympic coverage for the 2000 and 2004 Olympiads.

'I've been very fortunate to work with and learn from some of the finest coaches in the world,' Farooq said.

Farooq has also been a huge success in the private sector where she excelled in marketing and sales for a number of media outlets over the past eight years.

Her desire to work with student-athletes has led to her creation of, a service that helps high school athletes improve their skills and find University placement.

Farooq has shown strong abilities in communication and leadership as well. Voted captain of the 1996 Olympic women's rowing team, Yaz earned the respect and trust of her teammates.

'Yaz will bring a vibrant enthusiasm and tireless work ethic each day to Stanford,' said Director of Rowing and men's head coach Craig Amerkhanian. 'Yaz truly enjoys the challenges of coaching and influencing student-athletes in a positive way. Her rowing expertise is unmatched as well as her technical eye. We will be very fortunate to be able to work with Yaz each day.'

'Stanford student-athletes are among the nation's very best and brightest, and together we are going to explore their full potential,' Farooq added. 'I look forward to helping them achieve their hopes and dreams.'

As the coxswain for the United States National Team Women's Eight from 1989-96, Farooq competed in the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games. Her crews have won numerous international medals, including a gold at the 1995 World Championships, and silver medals at the 1990, 1993 and 1994 World Championships. The 1995 World Championships gold medal was the first ever won by a U.S. Women's Eight.

Farooq started her collegiate rowing career at Wisconsin in 1984 as a walk-on. She was voted captain and MVP her senior year.

The 2007 Stanford Women's team will look to build on the 2006 squad's fifth-place Pac-10 team finish and 11th-place NCAA showing.

Notes• Farooq will be in London for the 2006 World Rowing Championships slated to take place from August 19-27. She will join fellow Cardinal rowers Adam Kreek and Jaime Schroeder representing Stanford Crew abroad.

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