Sarah Whipple Joins Cal Women's Crew as Assistant Coach

July 11, 2008

BERKELEY - Former three-time All-American and Division II NCAA champion Sarah Whipple joined the California staff as an assistant coach, Golden Bears head coach Dave O'Neill announced today. Whipple spent the past season an assistant coach at UC Davis, her alma mater. A coxswain, Whipple won the Division II championship with the Aggies in 2002.

'I am really pleased Sarah has joined our staff as she is going to be adding a lot to Cal women's crew,' O'Neill said. 'Sarah has the perfect combination of a positive attitude, strong work ethic and competitive spirit. She's a talented coach and terrific person. Everyone on the team is thrilled she's a part of our program.'

Whipple's duties at Cal include working with O'Neill and the varsity squad as well as coordinating Cal's recruiting efforts. Bears assistant coach Sara Nevin will continue to work with the novice/freshman squad.

'One of the main attractions at Cal was the coaching staff,' Whipple said. 'Dave O'Neill and Sara Nevin are great coaches who I feel I can learn a lot from. Having the opportunity to work with such a great team was one of my main motivations. It just seems like Cal women's crew sets itself apart from other crews. It's a team you want to be a part of.'

Prior to returning to Davis, Whipple worked for two years as an assistant coach at Sacramento State, guiding Sacramento State's novice eight crew to a perfect 7-0 dual-meet record and a bronze medal at the 2006 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) Championships.

Before that, Whipple was the novice women's coach for Capital Crew, the noted Sacramento-area rowing club, and was a junior pre-elite rowing coach at the Sacramento State Pre-Elite Junior Development Camp. While at the latter camp, she led the women's pair to back-to-back gold medals at the 2004 and 2005 USRowing National Championships. She also coached the junior women's varsity four to a bronze medal in 2004.

Whipple coached Capital Crew to a gold (novice four) and silver medal (novice eight) at the 2004 Southwest Junior Regional Championships. In 2005, her Capital Crew's novice four won a gold medal at the same championships.

The Orangevale, Calif., native earned her undergraduate degree in wildlife, fish, and conservation biology from UC Davis after participating on the Aggies' rowing team from 1999-2002. She was a team captain and All-America honoree while helping the Aggies win varsity eight and overall team championships at the national regatta in 2002, the first year the NCAA sponsored a Division II title.

Sarah Whipple is the twin sister of Mary Whipple, the coxswain for the U.S. Olympic eight that will compete in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Anne Kennedy, a Bears assistant coach this past year under O'Neill, has left Cal to concentrate on training. Still a competitive rower, Kennedy competed at the 2007 World Under-23 Championships.

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