Ligita Kaviere Named Women's Rowing Assistant Coach

June 23, 2009

Ligita Kaviere, a two-time Trojan All-American and former world champion rower, has been named an assistant varsity coach for the USC women's rowing team, head coach Zenon Babraj announced on Tuesday (June 23).

Kaviere, a 2009 USC graduate, spent the 2008-09 season, as a volunteer coach working with the varsity squad that earned the program's third NCAA Championships berth.

In 2007, as a team co-captain, she helped lead the Trojans to the most successful season in the program's history. Her boat won the coveted Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic, was crowned Pac-10 Champions in the varsity eight, and contributed to bringing the Trojans their first Pac-10 Conference team championship while also securing the second team bid for the NCAA Championships in school history. Her Varsity Eight remained undefeated until the final race of the season, taking third place in the NCAA Championships.

A Latvian national champion, Kaviere represented her country for seven years and won gold at the 2002 and bronze at the 2003 World Rowing Championships. Born in Cesis, Latvia, she has two younger brothers, Janis and Ugis, who is also a rower.

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