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.