Olivia Coffey tops USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards
Olivia Coffey has topped off an amazing year after being voted National Team Athlete of the Year in the 2018 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards.
Coffey, 29, was the topped the vote from a shortlist of four athletes – Glenn Ochal, Allie Reilly and Emily Schmieg. A total of 42,153 votes were cast online in seven categories, with four athletes and three coaches winning awards. Coffey stroked the United States W8+ to a gold medal at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, in September. The gold was the fourth of Coffey’s career at World Championship events, and the third at the senior level. She has won medals in all seven World Rowing Championships she has competed in either as an U23 or senior athlete.
Olivia Coffey and Team USA at the World Rowing Championships 2018
Coffey, a graduate of Harvard, completed a one year MBA program at Homerton College, Cambridge earlier in the year. She stroked the light blues to a comprehensive Boat Race win in March 2018.
Other Fan’s Choice winners were Richard Reid of Oakland Strokes as Junior Athlete of the Year, Emily Kallfelz of Princeton as Collegiate Athlete of the Year, Susan Morgan Hooten of Capital Crew as Masters Athlete of the Year, Jeremy Michalitsianos of Montclair (New Jersey) High School as Junior Coach of the Year, Becky Cramer of the University of Central Florida as Collegiate Coach of the Year, and Patrick Kington of San Diego Rowing Club as Masters Coach of the Year.