MORAGA, Calif. – Anna Cohen has been named head coach of the Saint Mary’s rowing team, it was announced by Director of Athletics Mark Orr.
“Anna has been a staple in our rowing program for five years,” said Orr. “As a two-time CRCA Assistant Coach of the Year, she has developed the Gaels into consistent contenders on the water and provided leadership for their careers. We are excited to have her here.”
During Cohen's tenure, Saint Mary's has finished fourth or better every year at the West Coast Conference Championships. In 2013, the Gaels finished third at the meet, with a third-place finish by the Varsity 8 boat completing a late rally for the Gaels to move into a medal spot.
Part of that success in 2013 came thanks to an offseason training program directed by Cohen. With Nicole Younts away from the program in the winter months, Cohen directed training efforts and ensured the Gaels were ready to compete when the season began.
“It is an honor to be able to continue to work with the Gaels,” said Cohen. “I am really looking forward to building on the success this program has had in the past five years. Coach Younts was a big part of that and I will be working hard to keep the momentum our program has going. I'm excited to have everyone back on campus in a couple weeks so we can get to work!”
Between the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the Gaels earned honorable mention or better on the WCC All Academic team nine times. During their tenure, 18 Gaels have earned a Scholar Athlete award from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). The Gaels also had their first All-American in program history.
“Anna has been a huge part of our team, and her commitment, dependability and focus will continue to take us far this year,” said senior rower Haley Adams. “My teammates and I are all excited to see what she has in store.”
"Coach Anna was the main reason I joined the Rowing team as a walk on Novice in 2010," said senior Maryann Concannon. "She has been a key factor in the increasing speed and success of our team, and I have no doubt that she will continue to build on this success in her new position as head coach. I can't wait to see where she will take our team in my final season at SMC."
As a rower herself, Cohen walked on at UC Santa Barbara and earned both the team MVP and Most Inspirational award her freshman year. She transferred to Miami, becoming team captain and earning the team leadership award her senior year.
Cohen earned her bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology and Biology from Miami in 2005. She also earned her Masters from Miami in Sports Administration in 2008. She is also a certified level 1 U.S. weightlifting sports performance coach.