Vaclav Kacir Named Stanford's Assistant Women's Rowing Coach

Sept. 4, 2007

STANFORD, Calif. - Vaclav Kacir has been named Assistant Coach for the Stanford Women's Rowing Team, head coach Yasmin Farooq announced Tuesday. Kacir comes to Stanford from Columbia University where he served as the Freshmen Lightweight Coach. He worked as an assistant coach with the U.S. National Team over summer 2007, and served as coach of the Women's Four, which won a gold medal at the World Championships in Munich, Germany.

As a coach a Columbia University, Kacir's 2007 freshmen Coxed Four won the Eastern Sprints. His Eight placed fourth, finishing the season with a record of 8-4. He also coached the Varsity Pair to bronze medal at the IRA National Championship. In 2006 his Freshmen Eight finished third at the Eastern Sprints with a season record of 8-2; and his Freshmen Four had a perfect season of 11-0.

'I am very excited for the opportunity to become a part of the Stanford Women's Rowing Team,' Kacir said. 'I look forward to working with some of the best student-athletes in the country at one of the finest institutions.'

'Vaclav's experience as a college and elite level coach will fit perfectly at Stanford where our team is comprised of a smaller group of high-level scholar athletes,' Farooq said. 'He understands how to teach and support at a top academic institution, and that makes him a good match for this team and coaching staff.'

As an international coach, Kacir guided the U.S. Men's Lightweight Quad to a silver medal at the 2006 U-23 World Championships in Belgium. He also coached the Slovakian Men's Lightweight single that won a silver medal at the 2005 U-23 World Championships in Amsterdam. In 2004, he was an assistant coach for the Slovak Republic Olympic Team. He was the head coach of the Slovak Junior National Team in 2003 and was named Slovak Coach of the Year for his crew's fourth place performance at the Junior World Championships.

Kacir began his rowing career at the age of 13 in Slovakia, and started competing at the international level at the age of 16. He won 12 National Championships in both sweep and sculling and was a member of the Slovakian National Team.

Kacir is a graduate of Komensky University in Slovakia, where he received his Masters Degree in Sports Science.

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