May 27, 2008
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell head women's rowing coach Stephen Kish was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) earlier this week. It is the second consecutive year Kish, a 1992 Bucknell graduate, has been honored with the award.
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year, Kish has led the Bison to continued success this year. Bucknell won its third consecutive Patriot League title, claimed the overall points trophy at both the Murphy Cup and the ECAC Metro Championship for the second straight year and participated in the Eastern Sprints as a full team for the first time in program history, finishing eighth out of 18 teams at the prestigious event. Additionally, the Bison won the Knecht Cup and faced teams such as Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee and Virginia as part of a very demanding schedule.
Kish, who is in his 12th year as the mentor of the Bucknell program, has now copped five coach of the year awards over the last three seasons. In addition to his multiple Patriot League Coach of the Year and CRCA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year plaudits, he earned the CRCA Lightweight Coach of the Year honor last spring when the lightweight eight won the first national championship in Bucknell history.
Kish was in select company as each of the other four coaches that earned regional coach of the year honors led their teams to the NCAA Championships. Each of the regional winners are now eligible for the National Coach of the Year and Assistant Coach of the Year awards, which will be voted on in June.
With Kish leading the way, Bucknell still has two more competitions this spring. The Bison varsity lightweight eight will compete at the IRA Lightweight National Championships June 6-7, while the Henley Women's Regatta will take place on the Thames River in Henley, England, June 20-22.