Adams Named Women's Rowing Head Coach On Permanent Basis

Carissa Adams has been with the UC Davis women's rowing program since 2001.
Carissa Adams has been with the UC Davis women's rowing program since 2001.

July 20, 2007

DAVIS, Calif. - Carissa Adams, interim head coach for the UC Davis women's rowing team who led the Aggies to eight wins this past season, has been named head coach on a permanent basis after a national search, it was announced on Friday.

Adams replaces Emily Catlett who was the program's head coach since it gained varsity status in 1997. Catlett took a year off from coaching in 2006-07 before resigning this past spring to pursue other career opportunities.

"Carissa comes in with a new excitement and a new vision," said Nona Richardson, Senior Associate Athletics Director. "Coaching is more than just coaching these days. You've got to be the mom, the dad, the older sister, the psychologist. You've got to bring everything to the table. She's got the full package we're looking for."

Adams was an assistant coach with the Aggies for five seasons prior to assuming head coaching duties on an interim basis this past year. UC Davis enjoyed an impressive spring campaign, posting wins in eight races including the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic and over rival Sacramento State at the Jean Runyon Cup.

Additionally, coxswain Katherine Cobarrubia, stroke Sunny Caldwell and Vanessa Cuellar were each named All-Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association first team. Caldwell later earned prestigious selection to the Women's National Team Summer Selection Camp in Virginia. Four Aggies also earned distinction as scholar-athletes by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association.

"I am grateful to the athletic administration for giving me the opportunity to continue my role as head coach and for their support of the women's rowing program," said Adams. "One of the most exciting aspects of this position is the potential that UC Davis has to become a prominent Division I rowing program."

Adams was Catlett's top assistant from 2001-2006, primarily leading the program's novices except for 2003-04 when the pair switched responsibilities and Adams directed the varsity rowers. UC Davis won NCAA Division II Championships in 2002 and 2003.

"Emily built a very strong foundation for this program and she has been a great mentor," said Adams. "I look forward to continuing with some of her traditions and implementing a few of my own in order to build a successful Division I program."

Adams, who earned her doctorate from Temple University in 2000, has also coached at St. Joseph's, Villanova, and Lewis and Clark in Oregon.