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Alison Abrams Named Assistant Crew Coach

Former Aztec coxswain Alison Abrams joins the women's crew staff as an assistant coach
Former Aztec coxswain Alison Abrams joins the women's crew staff as an assistant coach

Aug. 31, 2005

SAN DIEGO - After a stellar career with the San Diego State women's crew team, former coxswain Alison Abrams has joined the Aztec rowing staff as an assistant coach. Abrams will coach all coxswains in regard to race-course strategy and motivational techniques, while assisting the novice and walk-on rowers. In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Abrams will also assist with on-campus recruiting.

"Alison is a great addition to our coaching staff," Head coach Jennifer Zebroski said. "Her vast knowledge of coxing will help all coxswains within the Aztec rowing program. She is aware of the goals and standards I have set for the program and will be able to execute our plan. I am excited to work with Alison in this capacity and to have her help lead the program into the future."

Abrams was a four-year letterwinner at SDSU from 2001-05. During her senior campaign, her Varsity Eight boat was victorious at the San Diego Fall Classic, Parker Cup Regatta and captured the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Varsity Eight also finished fifth of 50 boats at the elite Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, Mass., the Aztecs' highest finish ever.

Along with her collegiate triumphs, Abrams has also succeeded in open competition. This past summer, Abrams coxed both the senior Men's Four boat at the USRowing Open Nationals and the Champion Men's Eight boat at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta to third-place finishes. At the 2003 USRowing Master's Nationals, she won three gold medals as a coxswain for the Men's AA Four, Men's AA Eight and Women's A Four boats.

A native of Mission Viejo, Calif., Abrams began her competitive career in 2001 with the San Diego Rowing Club. She has also spent time with the Riverside Boat Club in Boston, and has trained with the U.S. men's national team at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.