June 10, 2002
PULLMAN, Wash. - Tammy Crawford received a nice going away present, Monday.
The outgoing coach of the Washington State women's rowing team was selected as the 2002 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) West Region Coach of The Year the CRCA announced.
In addition, Corrie McGrath (Marysville, Wash.), Emily Tribe (Melbourne, Australia) and Gunilla Grafnings (Siljansnas, Sweden) - all members of the Cougar varsity eight boat that reached the NCAA Championships in 2002 - earned CRCA All-West Region team honors.
McGrath and Tribe earned first team selections while Grafnings garnered a second team nod. McGrath's selection marked the third consecutive first team honor that the incoming senior has earned. Tribe's first team nod followed up a third team selection last year for the incoming junior. Grafnings, who completed her collegiate career in 2002, capped off her season with her first selection to the regional team. In addition, Grafnings earned a CRCA West Region National Scholar-Athlete recognition for the second consecutive year.
"Corrie, Emily and Gunilla are all very deserving of this honor," said Crawford. "The coaches select the teams so I think that is very significant."
This is the second consecutive year Crawford, who is stepping down from her position after 12 years at the helm of the rowing program, has been recognized by the CRCA as she earned the 2001 West Region Coach of the Year.
"It is especially meaningful because it is selected by the coaches," said Crawford of her Coach of the Year honor. "I don't feel as if this is anything I can do by myself. I have been surrounded by great people all the way around. I think it's good for the whole program and it reflects on all of us and not just me."
Crawford led the Cougar varsity eight boat to an appearance at the NCAA Championships in 2002, marking the first time in six years the Cougars have competed at the national championships.
The varsity eight boat, which was 10th in the final USRowing/CRCA NCAA Division I Varsity Eight Coaches Poll, posted a third place finish at the 2002 Pac-10 Championships and finished 13th at the NCAA Championships, which included a victory in the consolation final.
Crawford, who ends her tenure at WSU, June 30, will be replaced by Jane LaRiviere who comes to WSU after serving as the recruiting coordinator as well as the women's freshman and novice coach at Oregon State since 1994.
"I know Jane well and we share the same values," said Crawford. "I am really excited to be handing the program off to her when it's in such a solid state. She is going to take the ball and keep going forward with it."