Marketa DeQuine Named Assistant Coach

Aug. 19, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Head coach Zenon Babraj has announced that Marketa Dequine has been named assistant coach for the USC women's rowing program.

'It is great to be back in a familiar place and to be able to see so many familiar faces,' said DeQuine. 'I know I've been away for a little while but my heart has always been with the Trojans and I am very excited for the opportunity to return to a program on the verge of great success.'

DeQuine comes to USC from the Everett Rowing Association in Everett, Wash. where she served as the Women's Head Coach; guiding the crew to its most successful season in club history. Under her direction, the crew captured the overall points trophy at the 2007 Brentwood Regatta in Brentwood Shores, Canada and became the only junior women's team at the Junior Nationals to return to the Varsity Eight Final for three consecutive years.

Her coaching senses made DeQuine the perfect choice as a volunteer novice coach with the USC program in 2003, following the expiration of her student-athlete eligibility. That season, the USC Novice Eight qualified for the Pac-10 Championship Grand Final for only second time in program history. In the fall of 2004, DeQuine went from USC to coaching the Junior Women's Crew for a year at the Newport Beach Aquatic Center.

DeQuine was a four-year letterwinner on the USC rowing team and rowed with the Varsity Eight from the No. 4 seat in each of her four seasons. Among her highlights as a Trojan, she served as team captain in 2003 when the Varsity Eight finished sixth at the NCAA Championships and was twice named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team in 2002 and 2003.

'Marketa was a magnificent rower for our crew when I first arrived at USC,' said Babraj. 'As a Trojan herself, she understands what we are working towards here. She is also a dynamic personality that will help us as we continue our recruiting this season. She has a proven track record of success as a coach and we are very glad to add such a strong piece to our team.'

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