2017 Fan's Choice Awards

Vote for the 2017 Collegiate Coach of the Year

USRowing maintains a long tradition of rewarding excellence in rowing. Following a year of unprecedented achievement, the rowing community put forth strong nominees for the 2017 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards. After receiving an outpouring of nominations in all categories, USRowing is proud to announce the 2017 collegiate coach finalists.

Fans may vote once in each category. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. E.T. on Tuesday, October 24. Awardees will be announced on Wednesday, October 25.

Who can become Coach of the Year? A rowing coach who has achieved extraordinary success in 2017. Success may be defined as outstanding performance, having a breakout year, making a significant impact on an individual athlete or team performance, perseverance in spite of difficult odds, consistent strong performance, or a combination of the above or other worthy measures.

About the Finalists:

Kate Bertko, Stanford University
As lightweight head coach for the Stanford women, Kate has managed to preserve her undefeated record on Lake Carnegie, while leading the Cardinals to a near perfect season and an open water win in the national championship — perfect sweep in three events: the lightweight double, four and eight in her first-ever season as head coach. These accomplishments and more earned Kate the 2017 CRCA Coach of the Year award.

Andrew Carter, University of Iowa
In 2017, Andrew led Iowa to its second NCAA Championship in program history and its first since 2001.The Hawkeyes tied for fourth at the Big Ten Championship and scored 116 points at the conference meet, which marks the highest point total in program history. Carter led the Hawkeyes to their highest national ranking in program history.

Yasmin Farooq, University of Washington
Yaz was hired as UW’s head coach following the 2016 season. In her first year at UW, she coached the team to a PAC12 sweep and the first-ever sweep in the history of NCAAs. She was named PAC12 coach of the year and CRCA national coach of the year.

Chris Kerber, Cornell University
As head coach of the Cornell men’s lightweight team, Chris led the 1st varsity eight to an undefeated season, which he has done 3 times in the past 4 years. During his tenure with the Big Red, Cornell has won three IRA Regattas (2014, 2015, 2017), three Eastern Sprints crowns (2014, 2015, 2017), and three Ivy League Championships (2014, 2015, 2017), as well as two Jope Cups (2014, 2015), given to the school that wins the most lightweight points at the Eastern Sprints. The lightweight rowing program has earned 31 Sprints medals, having at least two crews reach the podium in each of the past nine seasons, while picking up eight medals at IRAs. He has helped Cornell become a dominating lightweight team and also coaches lightweight rowing on the international level.

Paul Savell, Drexel University

Paul has been the head coach and varsity men’s and women’s coach of the Drexel University rowing teams for 11 years. In its most recent season, the Drexel women’s team won the GW invite, placed at an all time high at the Eastern Sprints and swept the Dad Vail Regatta in the eights. At the Dad Vail Regatta, Paul coached the women’s varsity eight to the first gold in this category for the team. On the men’s side, Paul coached the varsity eight to its first Dad Vail gold in three years. With his coaching, the men’s varsity eight finished at an all time best at IRAs, leading them to strongest season ending ranking the program has seen. As a collective, the Drexel dragons won the Dad Vail overall points trophy for the fifth year in a row in the 2017 season.

Award voting is intended to be one vote per person from among the extended rowing community and their family and friends; in the event of electronic, hired, or other similar ballot-stuffing attempts, affected votes may be deleted and nominees potentially disqualified.

2017 Fan's Choice - Collegiate Coach of the Year

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