May 23, 2007
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Bob Ernst, who guided the Washington men's rowing team to the 2007 conference championship, received the Pac-10 Coach of the Year award and senior David Worley was named the Newcomer of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Wednesday.
This is the 11th Pac-10 coaching honor for Ernst who is in his 33rd year on the rowing staff at Washington, his 20th as head coach of the men's program. Ernst was named the 1987 women's coach of the year by the Pac-10 that recognized his work with the Husky men from 1990-93, 1995-97 and 2003-04.
The Huskies topped the overall team standings at the Pac-10 championships, May 13 in Rancho Cordova, Calif. UW men's crews captured conference titles in the varsity eight and second varsity eight competitions.
Next up for the Washington men is the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championships in Cherry Hill, N.J., May 31 through June 2, UW's undefeated varsity eight is the nation's top-ranked crew. The Huskies won national championships last season in the freshman eight and open four events.
A product of Oak Harbor (Wash.) High School, Worley is in his first year at UW after transferring from Washington State. He has rowed all season in the No. 4 seat of the Huskies' top crew.
The conference also named its 13-person All-Pac-10 Rowing Teams. The men's squad featured four members of UW's varsity eight, including sophomore coxswain Katelin Snyder (Winter Park, Fla.), senior Aljosa Corovic (Belgrada, Serbia), junior Rob Gibson (Kingston, Ontario) and Worley.
Senior Cara Troelstra (Halifax, Nova Scotia) garnered all-conference accolades from the Washington women's crew. UW placed third in the team standings at the Pac-10 championships.
The Huskies are in Oak Ridge, Tenn. for the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships that run from May 25-27. Washington is one of only three schools that have qualified for all 11 NCAA championship regattas.
USC's Zenon Babraj was the recipient of the women's Coach of the Year award after leading the Trojans to the Pac-10 varsity eight and team titles. USC freshman Gabriela Varekova was honored as the women's top newcomer.
2007 Pacific-10 Conference Rowing Awards
Dan Casaca, California
Aljosa Corovic, Washington
Adam Fish, USC
Rob Gibson, Washington
Elliot Haynes, California
Mark Murphy, Stanford
Pat Pursley, Washington State
Martin Reschke, UCLA
Ryan Schanno, Oregon State
Charlie Smith, California
Katelin Snyder, Washington
Silas Stafford, Stanford
David Worley, Washington
Coach of the Year: Zenon Babraj, USC
Newcomer of the Year: Gabriela Varekova, USC
Mara Allen, California
Karry Birk, Stanford
Ligita Kaviere, USC
Elle Logan, Stanford
Magdalena Madziewicz, USC
Stephanie Morrison, Stanford
Dunja Pejcic, USC
Megan Smith, California
Vanessa Teff, UCLA
Kaylie Towne, Oregon State
Cara Troelstra, Washington
Gabriela Varekova, USC
Sarah Waterfield, Washington State