June 24, 2002
Seattle - Washington crew coach Jan Harville, who led the Huskies to a pair of titles at the NCAA Championships, has been named 2002 Division I National Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). Harville was selected for the honor by vote of her coaching peers.
Harville led the Huskies' to a second-place finish at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships earlier this spring. Washington's 63 team points were just four fewer than first-place Brown (67 points). In the process, she coached the first varsity eight to its second consecutive national championship and the second varsity eight (junior varsity) to its first national title since 1994. The pair of national titles marked the first time UW won both the first varsity eight and second varsity eight events at the same national championships since 1987.
Harville, in her 15th season as the head coach at Washington, coached the Huskies' first varsity eight and second varsity eight to undefeated seasons in 2002. Her crews earned victories at the San Diego Crew Classic, the Windermere Cup, the Pac-10 Conference Championships and the NCAA Championships, along with dual race victories over Wisconsin, Washington State and Oregon State.
Harville, who was named the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Women's Sports Star of Year last year, directs a group of student-athletes who continue to reap awards both on and off the water. Four women from the undefeated varsity eight were named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference First Team and three women are on the national ballot to earn all-America honors. Two were named CRCA Academic All-Americans and five were honored on the All-Pac-10 Academic Team.
The National Coach of the Year award, selected by the membership of the CRCA, is intended to recognize a coach who has experienced outstanding success during the season, demonstrated great team improvement from the prior season, fulfilled their team's potential and/or demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach.