Aug. 7, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - Alison Abrams, who has spent the past eight years as a member of the San Diego State coaching staff, has been named an assistant rowing coach at the University of Connecticut.
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.
“I'm excited to join such a highly-regarded athletic department and rowing program as UConn,” said Abrams. “Head coach Jennifer Wendry has built a strong rowing program in her time at UConn. I look forward to working with her and the rest of the coaching staff to achieve the team's goals within the American Athletic Conference and beyond.”
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.
“I am very excited about the addition of Ali to our rowing staff,” said Wendry. “Ali will bring fresh ideas to the day-to-day operations of our rowing program. Her enthusiasm about recruiting will benefit us greatly as we identify student-athletes who are excited about UConn as we prepare to make our mark in the new American Athletic Conference.”
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.