June 10, 1997

MSU Names Bryans First Women's Crew Coach

Former Georgetown Coach to Take Reins of New Varsity Program

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Michigan State has named Bebe Bryans the first coach of the school's new women's varsity crew program, which is being elevated to varsity status starting in the 1997-98 school year.

"We are very excited about the hiring of Bebe Bryans," MSU Athletics Director Merritt J. Norvell Jr. said. "Her coaching background and leadership skills will give us a very positive transition in moving women's crew from a club team to varsity status this fall."

"I am obviously very excited and ready to get to work," Bryans said. "It is every coaches' dream to start a program like this. Coming to Michigan State with such a positive environment and strong support for the program is a great challenge and a fantastic opportunity."

Bryans, who since 1992 has been the head women's crew coach at Georgetown University, is a 1986 graduate of San Francisco State University. She led the Hoyas to championships at the Dad Vail and Champion Regatta in 1993 and '94 and silver medals in '95 and '96. She also led the Hoyas to a second-place finish in the prestigious Royal Women's Henley Regatta in London in 1995. While at Georgetown, Bryans has served as a member of the NCAA Women's Rowing Committee.

In addition to her work at Georgetown, Bryans has been active in the coaching ranks of the USA Women's National Rowing Team since 1985. Most recently, Bryans served as the elite sculling coach for the '95 World Championships.

Prior to her appointment at Georgetown, Bryans was the head rowing coach at Mills College from 1988-92 and an assistant swimming coach at San Francisco State from 1986-88. She also served as founder, executive director and head coach of the Pacific Rowing Club from 1980-92.