Rowing's Steve Pritzker Named National Assistant Coach of the Year

Steve Pritzker

June 5, 2007

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - University of Virginia women's rowing assistant coach Steve Pritzker has been named the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National Assistant Coach of the Year.

"Steve has done an outstanding job as assistant coach," UVa head coach Kevin Sauer said. "His work with the varsity fours and recruiting has allowed UVa rowing to continue to compete at the highest level."

Also named the CRCA's South Region Assistant Coach of the Year in 2007, Pritzker is in his fourth season at Virginia. After volunteering with the women's rowing team during the 2004 season while a fulltime graduate student at UVa's business school, Pritzker assumed full time coaching responsibilities prior to the 2005 spring season. He has also been the director of recruiting since 2005. Pritzker helped Virginia to finish second overall as a team in 2005 and in 2007.

"I am honored to receive an award voted on by my peers," Pritzker said. "This award is a reflection of the consistent effort and hard work of the rowers on our team. I am fortunate to work with many great people on a daily basis, and they have all helped immensely with our success."

Both of Pritzker's varsity fours were undefeated all year with the first varsity four winning the NCAA Championship by just over 10 seconds. He coached the varsity four crew that was undefeated and won the 2005 NCAA Championship in that event. He also worked with the NCAA Champion varsity four crew in 2004. The varsity four has won the ACC and South/Central Regional Championships in each of his four years.

Pritzker received a diploma from UVa's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration in May 2005. He earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1999.

Pritzker rowed competitively as an undergraduate, earning four varsity letters as a coxswain at Yale. He won gold and silver at the Eastern Sprints and the Temple Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.