Feb. 5, 2001
Seattle - Eleanor McElvaine, novice women's rowing coach at Washington, was named 2000 Northwest Region Coach of the Year by the Pocock Rowing Foundation at its annual banquet Saturday night at the Tyee Yacht Club.
Last year, McElvaine's novice rowers formed the varsity four that won a gold medal at the NCAA Championships for the second straight year. During the regular season, her novice eight-oared crew was undefeated, picking up Pacific-10, Windermere Cup and San Diego Crew Classic titles along the way.
In addition to her efforts at Washington, McElvaine, in her 11th season with the Huskies, was recognized for her work last year as head coach of the United States Junior National Team. She guided the women's four to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Zagreb, Croatia last August. It marked the first gold medal ever won by a U.S. junior women's straight four.
"It's quite an honor, first to be nominated, and ultimately, to win this award," said McElvaine, who rowed on three national championship teams for Washington, from 1983-85. "No coach can accept an award like this without recognizing the efforts of their athletes. If it weren't for the blood, sweat and tears of the women I've coached, I would not have received this honor."
McElvaine's award was presented by The Pocock Rowing Foundation and voted on by area rowing clubs from the region that includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Washington's women's varsity eight, which won a silver medal at the 2000 NCAA Championships, had been nominated in the Crew of the Year category.
Washington opens the 2001 rowing season with its annual Class Day festivities March 24. The first regular season dual regatta is March 31 against Oregon State on the Montlake Cut.