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 came to the Palouse after spending eight years at Oregon State University where she served as the recruiting coordinator as well as the women’s freshman and novice coach. While at OSU, LaRiviere guided the Beavers’ novice eight to a 2002 Pac-10 Conference Championship and the varsity four to a second-place finish. In addition, LaRiviere directed the Beavers’ novice eight to respective second and third-place finishes at the Pac-10 Championships in 2000 and 2001 and the varsity four to a second-place effort at the 2001 conference championships.
During LaRiviere’s tenure at Oregon State, the women’s rowing program posted third-place overall finishes at the Pac-10 Championships in 1998, 2001 and 2002. In addition, the Beavers’ varsity eight placed 13th and 15th at the NCAA Championships in 1999 and 2000, respectively.
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.
Note: LaRiviere is pronounced La-riv-e-a.