2010 Pac-10 Rowing Individual Conference Honors Announced
May 27, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.-- CALIFORNIA's Dave O'Neill was named Women's Coach of the Year, Golden Bear coxswain Jill Costello was named Women's Athlete of the Year and her teammate Kara Kohler was named Newcomer of the Year, for a Cal sweep of the 2010 Pac-10 women's rowing honors. For the men, WASHINGTON head coach Michael Callahan was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year and Husky Hannes Heppner was named Newcomer of the Year. Cal's Nareg Guregian earned Pac-10 Men's Athlete of the Year honors.
The Athlete of the Year awards are given to the top vote-getters based upon coaches` nominations of student-athletes who participated in the varsity eight race at the Pac-10 Championships. The Newcomer of the Year honors are awarded to the coaches' nominees from the institutions that won the men's and women's Pac-10 team championships.
California head coach Dave O'Neill earned his fifth Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor, after guiding the Golden Bears to their third-consecutive Pac-10 title this season. The 12th year head coach has coached the varsity eight to two sweeps of rival and reigning NCAA Champion Stanford this year, including a close win to solidify this year's Pac-10 title. O'Neill is now looking to guide the Bears to their third NCAA Championship in his tenure when competition for the 2010 crown begins on May 28 at Lake Natoma, Calif..
Pac-10 Women's Rowing Athlete of the Year, senior coxswain Jill Costello has turned in an inspired performance this season for the Golden Bears. A native of San Francisco, Calif., Costello, who has been battling lung cancer, coxed the varsity eight for the first time this season at the Pac-10 Championships and led the squad to a narrow victory over Stanford to clinch the Conference crown. She has been a inspiration for the Bears this season. At the annual Big Row against rival Stanford, Cal competed as 'Team Jill' in support of Costello. The team uniforms and oars were navy blue and aquamarine green, Costello's favorite color. The Stanford women also raced in special uniforms to honor Costello. The Bears swept the Cardinal in the dual meet.
Pac-10 Women's Rowing Newcomer of the Year, Golden Bear freshman Kara Kohler, has been rowing consistently from the four or six seat in the varsity eight boat this season, helping the No. 3-ranked squad earn wins over Pac-10-rivals Washington and Stanford. The Clayton, Calif., native was in the six seat at the Pac-10 Championships when the varsity eight boat edged out 2009 NCAA Champion Stanford by less than a minute to clinch the Pac-10 title by half a point overall. Kohler, an avid swimmer and triathlete, chose to compete in rowing instead of swimming in college.
Washington third-year head coach Michael Callahan has earned his first Pac-10 Men's Rowing Coach of the Year honor. After leading the Huskies to a 2009 IRA Championship last season, Callahan again challenged his squad this season and the Huskies came out hungry in 2010, earning six out of eight race victories, including the varsity eight boat in a dual meet over Pac-10 rival and 2009 Pac-10 Champion California in April. He then led the Huskies to a dominating performance at this year's Pac-10 Championships, coaching all four of his boats to first place victories as UW captured its 33rd Conference rowing title. The squad will now look to repeat as IRA Champions next week at in Cooper River, N.J., June 3-5.
California's Nareg Guregian has been a key piece of the Golden Bear varsity eight boat all season, earning him his first-career Pac-10 Men's Rowing Athlete of the Year honor. At the Pac-10 Championships, he helped the Golden Bears finish second in the varsity eight race, leading to a second place overall finish. The San Clemente, Calif., native also helped the No.2-ranked squad earn the coveted Schwabacher Cup from rival Stanford in their annual dual meet when the varsity eight boat defeated the Cardinal by eight seconds. Guregian has also been selected to attend U.S. U-23 Camp this summer after bringing home a silver medal as a member of the U.S. Junior National Team at the 2009 World Rowing Under-23 Championships last July.
Washington's Hannes Heppner joined the defending IRA Champion team and has made an immediate impact as a member of the varsity eight boat, earning him Pac-10 Men's Rowing Newcomer of the Year. A native of Berlin, Germany, Heppner helped lead the squad to the Windemere Cup title over famed Oxford University and Syracuse. He was also a member of the varsity eight which beat Pac-10 rival Cal in a dual meet and led the Husky sweep at the Pac-10 Championships.