Staff
Head Coach
Jane LaRiviere

Under the direction of 17th-year head coach Jane LaRiviere, Washington State University has established a heritage as one of the leading women’s rowing programs in the nation. The second head coach since Washington State rowing became an NCAA varsity team in 1990, LaRiviere led the Cougars to their 12th NCAA Championship appearance in program history last season (2018) and eighth in nine years. In 2002, LaRiviere started the Cougars’ NCAA Championship history by guiding the varsity eight to a 13th-place finish at Indianapolis, Ind.

LaRiviere’s team finished 14th overall at the 2018 NCAA Championships in Sarasota, Fla. Both the varsity eight and second varsity eight placed 14th in their races while the varsity four placed 11th . Under LaRiviere’s tutelage, WSU’s Emily Morrow was named All-Pac-12 and All-Conference in 2018 and Paige Danielson received the NCAA Elite 90 Award as well as Second Team Academic All-American. Eight of LaRiviere’s athletes were named CRCA National Scholar-Athletes. Eight athletes received First Team Conference All-Academic Awards while six athletes received Second Team Conference All-Academic Awards.

LaRiviere’s Cougars maintained a top-15 ranking throughout the 2017 season, finishing 14th at the 2017 NCAA Championships at West Windsor, N.J. Under LaRiviere’s tutelage, the varsity eight finished strong for the Cougars winning the C Final to place 13th overall. LaRiviere also led the Cougars to their third-straight top-four finish at the Pac-12 Rowing Championships. WSU battled to secure 4th place over top-10 program University of Virginia at the Clemson Invitational.

Two of LaRiviere’s rowers, Ieva Adomaviciute and Nicole Hare, won gold in international competition. Adomanviciute won gold for Lithanuaia in the women’s single sculls at the Under 23 World Rowing Championships. Hare, who was at the same event, took home gold for Canada in the women’s pair.

LaRiviere’s rowers dominated in the classroom, as seven Cougars were named CRCA 2017 Scholar Athletes, with sixteen members of the team earned Pac-12 All-Academic accolades. Highlighting the achievements in the classroom was Mihaela-Teodora Berindei, who was named the 2017 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the year.

LaRiviere’s Cougars were a top-15 team throughout the 2016 season, and finished 12th at the 2016 NCAA Championships at Lake Natoma, Calif. LaRiviere guided the varsity eight to a win in the C Final of the Division I Eights, to headline the three point-scoring boats for the Cougars. WSU swept Oregon State in dual action, to win a seventh-consecutive Winchell Cup and the Crawford Perpetual Plate, and also won five-of-six races to open the spring season in a dual against neighboring-rival Gonzaga.

Two of LaRiviere’s rowers, Nicole Hare and Lisa Roman, competed in the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio. Hare redshirted the 2016 season to train, and went on to compete for team Canada in a pair. Roman competed with the Cougars from 2010-12 and rowed in Canada’s eight.

WSU was ranked the entire 2015 season and notched its second-best NCAA finish in school history as it placed eighth at the 2015 NCAA Championships at Lake Natoma, Calif. The varsity eight placed ninth, matching its second-best finish in school history, also placing ninth in 2008 and finishing fourth in 2006. The second varsity eight finished sixth, its third-best finish in school history after finishing third in 2004 and fifth in 2006. The varsity four placed seventh, its third-best finish in school history after placing fourth in 2006 and sixth in 2013. The previous two years WSU finished 14th as a team, as this marks its first top-10 finish since 2008.

The Cougars also matched their best Pac-12 finish since 2008 as they placed third, led by the varsity four which matched its best finish in school history, finishing second. Juniors Jordan Watson and Nicole Hare were named to the CRCA Region 5 teams, Watson to the first team and Hare to the second team. Watson went on to be named to the 2015 Pocock All-America First Team, while Hare was named to the second team. Senior Mickey Aylard was named to the All-Pac-12 Team.

LaRiviere began her coaching career in 1989 while attending graduate school at the University of Oregon. A native of Alberta, Canada, she went on to coach at the University of Western Ontario and for the London (Ontario) Rowing Club. While in Ontario, she assisted with the Canadian Women’s National Team development camps. During the summer of 2001, LaRiviere was an apprentice national rowing team coach in Canada.

A U.S. Rowing Level III certified coach, LaRiviere earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Calgary (1986), a master’s degree in athletic therapy from Oregon (1990), and her Ph.D. in biomechanics from Oregon State (2002).

Her daughter, Alice Jean LaRiviere, was born in August, 2003.

Assistant Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
Brandon Campbell

Brandon Campbell enters his fourth season with the Washington State rowing team and his second as an assistant coach in 2018-19.

Campbell came to Washington State in the fall of 2015. He began the Master’s program in Sport Management through the College of Education. While pursuing his degree, Campbell served as the graduate assistant with the Cougar rowing team. In the fall of 2017, Brandon was promoted to the Novice Assistant Coach position. The Freshman/Novice 8+ finished third at the 2018 Pac-12 Championships.

Campbell began coaching the heavyweight men at Brock University in the fall of 2012. During the three years he was at Brock University, the men’s team won the points trophy at the Ontario University Association Championship in 2014, won the men’s 4+ at the OUA Championships in 2014, came second in the men’s 8+ and men’s pair at the 2014 Canadian University Rowing Championships and won the men’s 2- at both the 2013 and 2014 National Rowing Championships in the Under 23 event. Campbell also represented Canada at the 2014 FISU University World Championships as a team coach.

Campbell started his coaching career in 2010 at the South Niagara Rowing Club located in Welland, Ontario, Canada. During his time there, he coached crews to gold medal performances at the Canadian Henley Regatta, and a second place finish at the Head of the Charles regatta in the junior men’s 4+. Campbell also brought a crew to the Henley Women’s regatta that won the junior women’s 8+ in 2013.

Campbell started rowing at E.L. Crossley Secondary School located in Fonthill, Ontario, Canada. He was a four-time national champion while competing for the Cyclones. During his junior years, he also spent time on the Canadian Junior National team, finishing seventh in the men’s pair at the 2003 Junior World Championships.

Assistant Coach
Sam Clifford

Sam Clifford enters her first season with the Washington State women’s rowing program in 2019-20.

Clifford comes to the Palouse after nearly two years as a Row Boston Girls Coach for Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI). Also a 2017 graduate of Indiana, Clifford began rowing in the fall of her freshman year at Fairfield University in Connecticut. Following the 2013-14 season, she spent the summer rowing at US Rowing's Pre-Elite camp and transferred to Indiana to continue her rowing career.

At Indiana, Clifford rowed two seasons with the varsity squad. During the 2016-17 season, she served as a volunteer assistant coach after medical issues cut her collegiate rowing career short. She received her B.A. in United States history along with a minor in psychology from Indiana in May of 2017.

A native of Bridgewater, Mass., Clifford graduated from Milton Academy in 2013 where she was captain of the varsity basketball and volleyball teams.

Assistant Coach
Allie Eaton

Allie Eaton is in her first season with the Washington State rowing program in 2019-20, serving as an assistant coach as well as the novice coach.

Eaton comes to the Palouse after serving as the Gorge Narrows Rowing Club assistant masters and juniors coach and junior B women’s division head coach from April 2018-June 2019 in Victoria, B.C. Prior to that, Eaton was a volunteer assistant novice coach at her alma mater, Indiana, from August 2017-March 2018.

Eaton was a four-year rower at Indiana. In her four years with the Hoosiers, she competed at the NCAA Championships each season; including three times with the varsity eight. Eaton closed her career in 2017 by helping the varsity eight to a third place finish at the Big Ten Championship and a 12th-place finish at the NCAA Championship.

In 2016, Eaton was a member of the second varsity eight and took home 14th place at the NCAA Championships. The year prior, Eaton and varsity eight brought home a 10th place finish at the NCAA Championships. In her freshman season, she helped propel the Hoosiers to a 10th place finish in the program's first appearance at the NCAA Championships.

Eaton graduated from Indiana with a degree in Central Eurasian Studies and minors in history and international studies in 2017. While a member of the rowing team, she was on the dean’s list for the College of Arts and Sciences (2016) and was named a Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Scholar Athlete twice (2016, 2017). A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Eaton graduated from Victoria High School in 2013.

Coordinator of Operations
Amy VanBuskirk

A decorated coxswain at Central Oklahoma, Amy Van Buskirk joined the Washington State rowing staff beginning with the spring 2018 semester, serving as coordinator of operations.

Van Buskirk came to Pullman after spending two and a half years as a graduate assistant coach for Central Oklahoma where she was an instrumental part of Central Oklahoma’s success. In her two full seasons as a graduate assistant (2016 and 2017), the Bronchos put together back-to-back national runner up team finishes at the NCAA Division II Rowing Championships.

Van Buskirk was a successful walk-on, spending all four year of her collegiate career as a varsity coxswain for Central Oklahoma. While on the team Van Buskirk was named Most Valuable Athlete of 2012, the first coxswain awarded the title.

As an upperclassman, Van Buskirk was a two-year team captain. She was awarded All-America in 2014 and again in 2015, making her the first All-American coxswain in program history while also being the first two-time All-American in the young program’s history.

A 2015 graduate of Central Oklahoma, Van Buskirk received her Master’s degree in Crime and Intelligence Analysis.

Graduate Assistant
Olivia Hecomovich

Hecimovich came to WSU with a wealth of experience in the sport of rowing after four years as a coxswain on the UCF rowing team (2014-17). As a freshman, Hecimovich coxed the varsity four, second varsity eight and varsity eight boats. She served as coxswain for the varsity eight as a sophomore, junior and senior, where she helped lead the Golden Knights to three-straight NCAA Championship appearances. The Golden Knights finished 19th as a team in 2015, 20th in 2016 and 18th in 2017.

Prior to her time at UCF, Hecimovich rowed for current WSU assistant coach, Brandon Campbell, at the South Niagara Rowing Club.

A native of Fonthill, Ontario, Hecimovich received her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies (environmental studies) in August of 2017. She also has her certificate in teaching English as a foreign language and worked as a field biologist for Bio-Tech Consulting Inc., from December of 2017 to July of 2018.