UMass rowing associate head coach to lead U.S. boats at upcoming Youth Olympic Games
UMass rowing program alumna helped lead Minutewomen to 2014 NCAA Championships appearance
Minutewomen head to Indianapolis, Ind., for three days of competition beginning May 30
All seven rowers have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the Minutewomen.
Laura Simon enters her 11th year with the UMass women's rowing team, including her third as the program's associate head coach, in 2014-15. In addition to her coaching responsibilities with the squad, Simon also serves as the recruiting coordinator for the Minutewomen.
Simon has accumulated experience at the international, national and NCAA Division I levels of women's rowing. With an energetic and dynamic coaching approach, she has the ability to develop the UMass team to a higher level.
In addition to her coaching duties at UMass, she is also a Coxswain Education Coordinator for The Foundation for Rowing Education and the United States Junior Team's Coxswain Coach. Simon coached the U.S. Junior High Performance Team 2009 prior to being named the United States Junior Team's Coxswain Coach in 2010. Simon continues her work with USRowing as the 2014 U.S. Junior National Team Head Coach for High Performance Camp and CanAmMex Team while she will coach the program at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
Simon is a published author in the sport of rowing in tandem, co-authoring The Coxswain's Encyclopedia. She also presents to her peers at the USRowing Annual Convention and smaller conferences on Coaching the Coxswain frequently.
During UMass' most recent season, Simon assisted long-time head coach Jim Dietz in leading the Minutewomen to the 2014 NCAA Championships following an Atlantic 10 Championship. Simon was honored with the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association New England Region Coach of the Year Award for her work with the Minutewomen during the season, which also included a Knecht Cup victory.
Prior to coming to UMass, Simon worked as a volunteer coach for the Juniper Serra High School team from 2003-06. During that time frame she was also the Head Rowing Coach and Summer Coach for BIAC Masters Rowing. Simon's first time with UMass rowing as an assistant coach stretched from 1999-2002, in which she was responsible for the Junior Varsity 8+ and Lightweight 8+. In the summer of 2002, she was also on the coaching staff of the US Women's Worlds Rowing Team.
Simon's athletic background includes acting as Varsity Coxswain from 1992-95 as part of the UC-Santa Barbara Women's Rowing Team. From 1995-98 she was Varsity Coxswain for the UMass team and won second place Varsity 8+ NCAA titles during this time. From 1997-2002, she also acted as Second Coxswain for the US National Women's Rowing Team.
Simon graduated from UMass with her degree in English in 1998 and went on to earn a Master of Education in Teacher Preparation and Curriculum Studies from the University of Massachusetts in 2001. She achieved a Level 1 Special Education Credential from San Jose State University in 2004. Simon lives in Hadley with her dogs, Kio and Tsunami, who are boathouse regulars.
Last Updated: Aug. 15, 2014