IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa head rowing coach Andrew Carter was named the Region 4 Coach of the Year, the College Rowing Coaches Association announced Thursday.
The Coach of the Year Award recognizes head coaches who exhibited outstanding success during the current season, demonstrated great team improvement from the prior season, fulfilled their team’s potential, and demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach.
This year, Carter led the Hawkeyes to their second NCAA Championship berth in program history, ending a 16-year drought dating back to 2001. The team broke its national poll record four times throughout the season, peaking at No. 11 in the country in the April 25 CRCA/USRowing Poll. They also broke the team point record at the Big Ten Championships on May 14, scoring 116 points to tie for fourth place.
“In a very patient and methodical way, Coach Carter’s been able to build a top-20 rowing program in a place that many people would look on a map and say there’s no way that it can be done,” said assistant coach Jeff Garbutt. “Being in the front row seat to see him make that happen has been great. It’s been exciting to be a part of the process with him.”
“From what I know about the landscape of college rowing, what he’s done is really incredible and I think he’s very deserving because of what he’s been able to do in a relatively short amount of time.”
Iowa was ranked No. 15 in the final CRCA/USRowing Poll May 31.