Rowing Boat Dedication - March 10, 2011 Photos by Allie Shorin
Dawn Regan became the first female Coordinator of Rowing in Loyola Marymount University's West Coast Conference history when she was appointed to the position in July of 2008. She came to LMU after three successful seasons at crosstown rivals UCLA and one year at the University of Pennsylvania.
Regan made the short move across the marina to LMU after three seasons as an assistant coach at her alma mater, UCLA. Heading the Bruin freshman and novice programs, she contributed to the women's team earning NCAA Championship bids in 2005-06 and 2006-07. In 2007, Regan helped the novice 8 to a first place finish at the San Diego Crew Classic, an improvement of five places from the previous year. She also developed the novice 4, who placed third at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships. Additionally, she has registered many local victories, defeating top programs San Diego State and USC in dual meets.
Regan's successes at UCLA were not confined to the water. In addition to her coaching duties, she was coordinator of the walk-on process that involved over 100 women per year. She also was involved in alumni relations for the women's rowing team and assisted in the establishment of the Wooden Academy, serving to provide workshops for student-athletes to become positive role models.
A walk-on rower at UCLA, Regan was a three-year letterwinner for the Bruins under head coach Amy Fuller Kearney. She rowed in the top novice eight her first season and led the Bruins to their first Pac-10 Grand Final in more than 10 years. Regan's enthusiasm and passion for the sport earned her the Most Inspirational Athlete award at the conclusion of her first season.
Her development as an athlete continued during the summer of 2002 (prior to her junior year) when she attended a U.S. National Team Development Camp in Philadelphia, where she rowed with the top collegiate athletes from around the nation at the prestigious Vesper Boat Club. Regan ended the summer with two gold medals from the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and a silver and bronze medal from the club nationals.
In 2004, Regan graduated from the school of Letters and Science at UCLA with a degree in psychology and a minor in women's studies. Following her graduation, Regan became an assistant coach of the women's rowing program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she served as the novice coach and led the Penn women to a fourth-place finish at the Eastern Sprints.
Regan is in the process of completing her Master of Arts degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco. A native of San Clemente, she now resides in Culver City. Aside from rowing, she enjoys cycling, gourmet cooking and traveling.