Winners of 2018 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards Announced
By Dan Brauchli • November 28, 2018
PRINCETON, N.J. – Strength, camaraderie and dedication. The nominees for the 2018 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards are all shining examples of the best rowing has to offer. USRowing is honored to recognize the 2018 USRowing Fan’s Choice Award winners, including four athletes and three coaches who have been crowned by the rowing community.
The USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards embody excellence in rowing by showcasing top performances over the current year. The seven winners were nominated and voted for based on their contributions to the sport and achievements on the water. This year, a record 42,153 votes were cast across the seven categories.
“My personal congratulations are extended to the seven winners of the Fan’s Choice Awards. Your efforts have been recognized by your peers, who thought enough of your accomplishments to nominate and vote for each one of you,” said Patrick McNerney, USRowing Chief Executive Officer. “Each athlete and coach to receive nominations for recognition serves as a steward of our sport. May you all continue to be shining examples of greatness both on and off the water.”
The following athletes and coaches have received the most votes in their respective categories, crowning them the 2018 USRowing Fan’s Choice Award Winners.
Junior Athlete of the Year
Richard Reid, Oakland Strokes – Named Oakland Strokes’ Most Improved Athlete of the Year, Reid was a member of the crew that won the lightweight eight title at the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships.
Collegiate Athlete of the Year
Emily Kallfelz, Princeton University – The stroke seat for Princeton’s varsity eight, Kallfelz helped the Tigers claim their Ivy League title. In the summer, she switched into the single and raced for the 2018 U.S. Under 23 National Team. In Poznan, she brought home a silver medal in the women’s single for the U.S.
Masters Athlete of the Year
Susan Morgan Hooten, Capital Crew – A member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team, Hooten set two world records at the 2018 World Rowing Indoor Championships, while winning titles in the lightweight and open 65-69 categories. Additionally, she won four gold medals at the 2018 USRowing Masters National Championships.
National Team Athlete of the Year
Olivia Coffey, Women’s Eight, Gold Medalist – While completing her one-year MBA at Cambridge University, Coffey stroked the university’s boat to victory at the 2018 Boat Race. Upon returning to the states, Coffey made the U.S. women’s eight and stroked the crew to a gold-medal finish at the 2018 World Rowing Championships.
Junior Coach of the Year
Jeremy Michalitsianos, Montclair High School– A 10-year coach of the Montclair program, Michalitsianos has coached his crews to countless SRAA championships, a second undefeated scholastic season, and most recently a bronze-medal finish in the boys varsity eight at the 2018 USRowing Youth National Championships.
Collegiate Coach of the Year
Becky Cramer, University of Central Florida – Cramer has coached the UCF program for 11 years. In her time, she has coached the varsity eight to four consecutive conference championships.
Masters Coach of the Year
Patrick Kington, San Diego Rowing Club – In his first year as head coach of San Diego Rowing Club, Kington helped guide his program to a team points victory at the 2018 USRowing Masters National Championships, while also serving as head coach for the SDRC junior women’s program. His outgoing personality and enthusiasm has encouraged former rowers to pick up their blades once again and set to the water.