Aug. 8, 2008
DAVIS, Calif. -
George Jenkins, former head women's rowing coach at the University of Southern California, and Sunny Caldwell, a three-year team captain for UC Davis, have been named assistant coaches for the Aggies' program, it was announced on Friday by head coach Carissa Adams.
Jenkins joins the Aggie program after serving as Executive Director and head coach for the Austin Rowing Club in Texas since 2002. He oversaw a program that attracted more than 400 rowers of various skill levels, helping lead the club to numerous national championships. Jenkins directed all areas of the Austin Rowing Club, including training, budgets, financial planning and staff supervision.
From 1993-2002 he was the Director of Rowing and head coach at USC, building a program that was selected to the NCAA Championships each year from 1998-2002. His varsity four won a national championship in 1998 while the varsity eight was fourth in 2001. USC captured the 2001 San Diego Crew Classic championship while also earning a championship at the 1999 Head of the Charles.
Jenkins, who previously served as a coach with the UC Davis men's and women's club teams in the early 1990's, has also coached the U.S. Nations Cup Team (1997), U.S. Junior National Team (1993) and at the U.S. Olympic Festival (1989-90). He earned his bachelor's degree in molecular genetics from UC Davis in 1986.
"I'm really excited to have George join our coaching staff," said Adams. "He is very talented and brings a large knowledge base to our program."
Caldwell recently finished an outstanding career as one of the top rowers in the history of the Aggies' program. From her stroke seat, Caldwell helped direct UC Davis to several victories including nine this past season. She was named to the All-Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association First Boat in both 2007 and 2008, received the Coaches Award this year and was twice nominated for the school's Hubert Heitman Award for most outstanding female athlete.
Caldwell also earned a prestigious invitation last summer to the Under-23 National Team Camp which featured some of the top collegiate rowers in the country. It was part of an Aggie career which also saw her win several team awards including MVP honors in 2005 and the Aggie Pride Award in 2007.
Caldwell graduated in June with her bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in political science.
"Sunny will be a great addition to our staff," said Adams. "Being an alumna, she is familiar with the program and is very passionate about aiding in the future success of the team."
UC Davis will begin training this fall for its second season as a member of NCAA Division I. The team enjoyed a successful inaugural season, earning team titles in the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic and the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.