Tara Medina enters her third season as assistant coach for the Washington State women's rowing program.
Under Medina's direction the 2008 Cougar varsity four finished fourth at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships and second in the petite final at the NCAA Championships, contributing to an eighth place team finish. Medina also co-coached the novice eight to win the Korholv Perpetual Trophy by finishing first at San Diego Crew Classics.
In 2006-07, Medina guided the varsity four to a sixth place finish at the Pac-10 Championships, inching into the final over California. The varsity four also earned victories over nonconference opponents UCF and Tennessee during the season. During the summer of 2007, Medina spearheaded a U.S. Rowing U-23 Development Camp hosted by WSU. Athletes trained primarily in pairs and competed at the British Columbia Championships in Canada, the top pair placing second.
Before coming to the Palouse, Medina coached the University of Michigan varsity four during the 2005-06 season. At the 2006 Big Ten Championships the Wolverines' varsity four finished fourth overall followed by a sixth place finish at the South/Central Region Sprints.
A 2006 Michigan graduate, Medina earned four varsity letters in rowing while pursuing a bachelor's degree in physical education and health. As a coxswain, she was named Second Team All-Big Ten and Second Team All-Central Region in 2004.
Medina was part of a Michigan team that competed at the NCAA Championships all four years. In 2004, she coxed the varsity eight to a third place finish, helping Michigan secure the third place team finish. Medina also contributed to the Wolverines' BigTen Championship victories in 2003 and 2004.