Alison Abrams, who spent the previous eight years as a member of the San Diego State coaching staff, is in her fourth season as an assistant rowing coach at UConn in 2016-17 and serves as the team's recruiting coordinator.
Abrams served as San Diego State's interim head coach since January of 2013 and the team finished second overall at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship in the spring. The varsity four, novice eight and second novice eight all won silver medals while the second varsity eight won a bronze.
She was an assistant coach with the Aztecs starting in 2005 and had direct coaching responsibilities for the novice eight and the varsity four. She was also the team's recruiting coordinator starting in 2011. The San Diego State novice eight and second novice eight won WIRA gold medals in 2008 and the second novice eight won a gold at the Crew Classic the same year. In all, Abrams led boats to two gold medals, one silver and two bronze at WIRA events.
Abrams is a 2005 graduate of San Diego State and was a coxswain for the Aztecs as a student-athlete. As a member of the second varsity eight team, the Aztecs won the silver medal at the 2002 WIRA championship and the bronze in 2003. The collegiate eight she led was fifth at the Head of the Charles in Boston in 2005.
Abrams was a rowing and kayak instructor at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center in San Diego from 2004-06.