Cougars Hire Jane LaRiviere To Lead Women's Rowing Program

June 4, 2002

PULLMAN, Wash. - Jane LaRiviere, who possesses eight years of Pacific-10 Conference coaching experience at Oregon State University, has been hired as Washington State University's head women's rowing coach, WSU Director of Athletics Jim Sterk announced, Tuesday.

LaRiviere replaces Tammy Crawford, who ended her career at WSU after 12 years as head coach of the program.

'I am extremely pleased to have a person of Jane LaRiviere's caliber and character leading our rowing program,' Sterk said. 'Jane is very familiar with what it takes to be successful in the Pac-10 Conference and her excitement for leading the Cougars will continue the success of the program in the years to come.'

'I am very excited to be the new head coach at Washington State and delighted to be staying in the Pac-10,' said LaRiviere. 'The 2002 NCAA championships proved that the Pac-10 is a very strong rowing conference and I'm looking forward to competing against the best teams in the country on a regular basis.'

LaRiviere, who will begin July 1 at WSU, comes to the Palouse after serving as the recruiting coordinator as well as the women's freshman and novice coach at Oregon State since 1994.

While at OSU, LaRiviere guided the Beavers' novice eight boat to the 2002 Pac-10 Championship and the varsity four boat to a second place finish at the championships. In addition, LaRiviere led the Beavers' novice eight boat to a second and third place finish at the Pac-10 Championships in 2000 and 2001, respectively and the varsity four boat to a second place effort at the conference championships in 2001.

LaRiviere has been part of an Oregon State program that posted third place overall finishes at the Pac-10 Championships in 1998, 2001 and 2002. In addition, the Beavers' varsity eight boat placed 13th and 15th at the NCAA Championships in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

LaRiviere began her coaching career in 1989 while attending graduate school at the University of Oregon. She went on to coach in Canada at the University of Western Ontario and the London (Ontario) Rowing Club. While in London, Ontario, she assisted with the Women's National Team development camps. During the summer of 2001, LaRiviere was an apprentice National Rowing Team coach in Canada.

A U.S. Rowing Level III certified coach, LaRiviere earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Calgary in 1986, her master's degree in athletic therapy from Oregon in 1990, and her doctorate in biomechanics from Oregon State in 2002.

LaRiviere inherits a Cougar program that finished fourth overall at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships. In addition, the varsity eight boat finished third at the conference championships and 13th at the NCAA Championships at Indianapolis this past weekend.

'The WSU women's rowing program is coming off a great year capped by the varsity eight's appearance at the NCAA's,' said LaRiviere. 'I am thrilled that Tammy Crawford was able to fulfill that dream and our new staff is going to work very hard to build on the solid foundation she has created.'

Note: LaRiviere is pronounced La-riv-e-a.
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