Awards - Hall of Fame

CRCA announces the inception of the Women's Collegiate Rowing Coaches Hall of Fame.

Mission: To provide a forum to honor coaches who have achieved competitive excellence over their careers and individuals who have had a major impact on Collegiate Women's Rowing.

Nominations: Candidates may be nominated by any CRCA member, limited to one candidate per institution annually. Nominations are due February 15, and must be on the CRCA Hall of Fame Nomination Form.

Selection: Selection is made by the CRCA Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Selections are scheduled to be announced March 15.

Induction Ceremony will be held annually at the NCAA Championship.

Hall of Fame Nomination Form

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2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

Nat Case

Nat Case took over an infant Yale Women's rowing program in the fall of 1973 and immediately propelled the program to explosive growth, resulting in its ascendancy to a perennial national power. The Bulldogs posted an impressive 122-29 record in Nat's 19 years of coaching at Yale.

Nat's Yale crews won five national championships, in addition to his varsity and second varsity crews combining to claim eight Eastern Sprints titles from 1974 - 1993, the most prolific of any other program during that era. The Program as a whole took home the Willing Trophy for overall supremacy at Eastern Sprints on three occasions.

A tough task master who maintained high expectations, offered kudos sparingly, and displayed an abiding distaste for subpar effort, Nat motivated the first generation of post Title IX athletes to prove and stretch themselves in a sport that had been dominated by American men for nearly one hundred years. He mutely encouraged his athletes to develop feisty, never-say-die, "I'll show you" attitudes and prodigious work ethics, while keeping them focused on attacking rigorous daily practices, seeking constant improvement, and taking nothing for granted. He always maintained the utmost respect for competitors, in spite of his deep dislike of losing.

Numerous athletes who competed on Nat's teams earned positions, followed by medals, on national and Olympic squads, including a pair of rowers on the first medal winning US national team in 1975 who helped power the U.S women's eight to a silver in Nottingham, England.

It was also his Yale athletes who led the hand to hand combat for equal access to sports; in 1976 with a passionate and revealing demonstration, they demanded equal opportunity from the university and inspired the now famous documentary on Title IX called A Hero for Daisy. The spirit of indominable toughness that has trademarked the Yale women's crew from its earliest years offers a testimony to Nat's tenure, and endures as the backbone of the program to this day.

Nat coached the 1980 Women's Olympic 4+ and the US women's lightweight crew in 1982.

Throughout his tenure as the Yale women's head coach, Nat also served as the Chair of the EAWRC coaches group, providing a calm, reasonable and wise voice as he supported the efforts to expand and improve the level of collegiate women's rowing in the US, including the advent of the National Women's Rowing Championships, a precursor to the NCAA Championships.

The CRCA is proud to induct Nat Case into its Coaches Hall of Fame.

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2008 Hall of Fame Inductees

Jan Harville

For 23 years, Jan Harville was the face of Washington women's rowing.

Harville started as an assistant coach at the University of Washington in 1980 under then head coach Bob Ernst, and took over the program in the summer of 1987. Her impact as a head coach was immediate. She coached 11 boats to individual national titles and 41 boats to Pac-10 titles during her tenure, including a streak of 11 consecutive conference championships from 1992-2002.

Harville directed the Washington boats that won the inaugural NCAA team championship in 1997, and then defended the title in '98, capping a two-year stint in which the varsity eight was undefeated in collegiate competition. In 2000, the University of Washington entered the newly established woman's open eight event at the Royal Henley Regatta. Washington topped the University of Victoria in the Grand Final to win the inaugural Henley Prize. Washington is the only U.S. collegiate team to have won this prestigious event. The team won the NCAA National Championship Team title again in 2001.

A Husky through and through, Harville rowed at the UW from 1970-73, winning the team's Most Inspirational Award in 1973. Harville received her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology in 1974. Upon graduation, Harville worked as a microbiologist at Seattle's Northwest Hospital, but continued to train as a rower. Overall, Harville trained and raced with the U.S. National Team between 1978-84. She won a bronze medal as a member of the 1979 U.S. eight in Bled, Yugoslavia. She was selected for the 1980 Olympic team, but did not row due to the United States boycott of the Moscow games. She continued to train, winning silver in the eight in the 1982 World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland, and the 1983 World Championships in Duisberg, Germany. She competed in the coxed four in the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, finishing fourth.

In addition to her national team rowing experience, Harville is respected as an elite coach in international circles. From 1985-1988, Harville was the head of the U.S. Olympic Rowing Development Camp. She was the head coach of the 1985 U.S. Olympic Festival West Team, and in 1986 took the U.S. Olympic Goodwill Games team to compete in the Soviet Union. Also in 1986 Harville was the head coach of the U.S. Senior B Team. From 1993-1996, Harville served as assistant coach under U.S. National Team coach Hartmut Buschbacher. In 1995 she coached both the U.S. lightweight women's straight four and the openweight women's straight four to matching gold medals at the World Championships in Tampere, Finland. She served as a U.S. Olympic assistant rowing coach at the 1996 games in Atlanta. In 1998 she coached the U.S. lightweight women's pair to a bronze medal at Worlds in Cologne, Germany; and she coached the U.S. women's straight four to a bronze medal at Worlds in 1999 in St. Catherine's, Ontario.

During the 1991 U.S. Rowing Association Convention in Seattle, Harville was inducted in the U.S. Rowing Hall of Fame as a member of the 1980 Women's Olympic Eight. Both Harville and Washington assistant coach Eleanor McElvaine were honored by U.S. Rowing with the 1994 Woman of the Year awards in appreciation for their "outstanding service to rowing in the United States." In 2002 the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) named her National Coach of the Year. The Pac-10 recognized Harville as its Coach of the Year nine times. In 2005, she received the Ernestine Bayer Award for outstanding contributions to women's rowing. Locally, Harville is a member of the Husky Hall of Fame and was also a recipient of the heralded Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sports Star Award in 2002.

Harville retired from coaching in 2003. She and her husband, Dan, reside in Edmonds, WA.

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Sue Ela

Sue Ela's 26-year association with the Wisconsin women's rowing program spanned from its creation though some of its greatest moments.

Ela began as a UW student athlete from 1972-1975. Along with Kathy Wutke, Ela is considered a founder of women's rowing at Wisconsin - first as a club sport in the late fall of 1971, and through the transition of the sport to varsity in the fall of 1974. As an undergraduate, Ela rowed in the club's first eight in the spring of 1972 against the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Boat Club; she finished her undergraduate rowing career as member of Wisconsin's first varsity eight, winning the National Women's Rowing Association (NWRA) National Championship in 1975.

Ela went on to serve three years as an assistant rowing coach before taking over as head coach in 1979. She was the first female head coach for Wisconsin rowing, and she was the first full time head coach for the program as well. She held the head coaching position for 18 years, wrapping up her career in the spring of 1997.

As a UW assistant coach, her novice crews went undefeated in three years of competition. During her tenure as head coach, the Badger varsity openweight eight won the 1986 national championship, and posted top-five national finishes in 12 of 18 seasons. Her varsity eight crews went unbeaten at the Midwest Rowing Championships and won two Eastern Sprints titles, as well as a Head of the Charles and San Diego Crew Classic championship. She led the varsity eight to the PricewaterhouseCoopers Cup as winner of the College Eights Race at the 1995 Women's Henley Regatta.

As the coach of the first U.S. National Women's Lightweight Team that won gold at the 1981 Canadian Henley Rowing Championship, Ela was honored by USRowing as the "Woman of the Year" in 1989. She was also recognized as the 1995 Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) Coach of the Year. She was inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

In 2004, Ela returned to the water as UW's interim head coach and directed the Badgers to their second NCAA championships and first since 1999.

In her career, Ela coached 11 of Wisconsin's 14 Olympic women's rowers and started a coaching tree that reaches from Stanford and Texas to Iowa.

2007 Hall of Fame Inductees

Ernestine Bayer, Mother of Women's Rowing

Mrs. Bayer was a world leader in introducing women to the sport of rowing. During her lifetime she earned every award given by the national rowing association: Nominee for the Sullivan Award from rowing, member of the first Women's rowing Olympic Committee, member of the National Rowing Foundation (NRF) Rowing Hall of Fame, First United States Gold rowing medal, Carlin Award, Coach of the Year, and named one of rowing's 10 most influential people of the century.

Ernestine Bayer is widely regarded as the "Mother of Women's Rowing" in the United States. She learned to row at a time when it was believed that women could not row competitively. During her lifetime she challenged that assumption again and again, refusing to take "No" for an answer on dozens of occasions when the male rowing community opposed her initiatives on behalf of women.

Ernestine Bayer founded the Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club in 1938 and for more than a half century she personally attracted thousands of rowers to the sport. Her pioneering efforts made it possible for women to row for the first time in international competition in 1973, resulting in the women's rowing events being added to the Olympic Games in 1976. She was a member of the first Women's Olympic Committee, and she helped establish the women's crew program at the University of New Hampshire.

Joanne Iverson

Ms. Iverson has been actively involved in the sport of Rowing since 1959. At various times she filled the offices of Captain and President while at the Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club. She co-founded the National Women's' Rowing Association in 1963 and the first National Women's Rowing Championships and was instrumental in organizing the first National Championship event for collegiate crews.

In 1967 she started a club, Devon Sculls, for high school girls in the Upper Merion School District.

From 1968 until 1975 she coached the women's crew at the University of Pennsylvania's College Boat Club, winning various National Championships, most notably the NWRA Nationals at Seattle in 1972 - College BC won the Four/with, Pair/without and Eight as a combination boat with PGRC. Ms. Iverson was subsequently the first Coach of Women's rowing at the University of Pennsylvania when they received Varsity Status in 1974.

In 1973 she was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee for Women's Rowing. In the same year, she served as Manager of the first U.S. Women's squad to compete at the European Championships in Moscow, USSR. Four College Boat Club women were on that team.

In 1976 she was appointed to President Ford's Commission on Olympic Sports on which she served with Rafer Johnson. She served as Manager of the Women's Olympic Rowing Team in 1976 in Montreal, Canada.

At present, Ms. Iverson is on the Board of Directors of the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia where she rows regularly and provides private coaching to Junior and Masters Competitors.

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Patty Wyatt

Patty Wyatt organized and coached the first competitive rowing program at ZLAC RC in 1964. Her crew competed at the NWRA National Championships through the 1960's and 1970's.

In 1973, Patty, along with Joe Jessop, Andy Borthwick and Glenn Rick, started the San Diego Crew Classic. The idea was to hold an early season collegiate event that would bring together the best collegiate crews from across the country, and to expose junior rowers to collegiate programs. Patty Wyatt was also instrumental in bringing the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic rowing and paddling events to Lake Casitas.

Fred Emerson

Fred Emerson started his rowing career at Culver Academy and went on to row at the University of Wisconsin in the early 1930's. After graduation he began a life long commitment to support collegiate rowing where ever it needed his help. His generosity helped to provide equipment to over 60 colleges and universities.

In 1971, Fred was instrumental in founding the New England Association of Women's Rowing Colleges. On May 14, 1972, the NEAWRC held its first regatta, thanks in great part to the efforts of Fred Emerson, who designed the course and provided almost all of the financial backing for the event.

Fred Emerson was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame and in 1976 was awarded the John Carlin Service Award by US Rowing, which is awarded to honor an individual who has made significant and outstanding commitment to the sport of rowing.

Ed Lickiss

Ed Lickiss entered the University of California in 1937 and began rowing for famed coach Ky Ebright. He had a successful sculling career before enlisting in the Army Air Corps for WWII. After the war he worked as an electrical contractor. He came back to rowing in 1960 when he established the Lake Merritt Rowing Club. He became the coach, director, fund raiser, and boatwright of the club.

In 1964 Ed co-founded the National Women's Rowing Association and organized the first Women's National Championship Regatta. In the same year Ed established a women's crew at Mills College and a year later he established and personally funded a crew at St. Mary's College and began a life-long commitment to that program.

In 1974-75 Ed retired from collegiate coaching to concentrate his efforts on high school rowing. He firmly believed that the sport of rowing could be used as a vehicle to assist teenagers in that transition from adolescence to adulthood. He established the Oakland Strokes Rowing Club that was open to all high school aged boys and girls.


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