Catlett Resigns As UC Davis Women's Rowing Coach

UC Davis Athletics
UC Davis Athletics

May 2, 2007

DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis women's rowing coach Emily (Plesser) Catlett, who chose not to coach this season but remained as a lecturer in the Physical Education Department, has decided not to return to her coaching and teaching assignments next season in order to pursue other career opportunities, Director of Athletics Greg Warzecka announced Wednesday.

Carissa Adams, an assistant coach for five seasons at UC Davis, has served as interim head coach during the 2006-07 season. Warzecka said a national search for a permanent head coach will be conducted following the current season.

Catlett was the head coach of the Aggies for 15 seasons, including its first 10 seasons as a UC Davis varsity sport. She was a three-time winner of the Division II National Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association and helped lead UC Davis to NCAA Division II Championships in 2002 and 2003. The rowing program is one of just two teams at UC Davis to have won multiple NCAA Championships.

"I have enjoyed being a part of the Aggie rowing team during its transition from club to varsity status, its winning two national championships and, ultimately, helping during its reclassification to Division I," said Catlett. "However, I'm excited to pursue other personal and professional goals and open a new chapter in my life."

Warzecka was grateful to Catlett and her committment to UC Davis Athletics.

"Emily has been an integral part of the rowing program's success and we thank her for her outstanding contributions," he said. "We wish her well in her future endeavors."

UC Davis will conclude its spring season at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships and Pac-10 Championships on May 12-13 at Lake Natoma.