Laura Simon, who has a wealth of rowing knowledge, begins her fourth year as an assistant coach in 2018-19.
At Yale, she oversees recruiting and coaches the third varsity eight. In two of her three seasons, she has led the 3V8 to a gold medal at the Ivy League Championship.
Simon has accumulated experience at the international, national and NCAA Division I levels.
She spent six years on the UMass women’s rowing staff, rising to the position of associate head coach in 2012. In 2014, she helped guide the Minutewomen to the NCAA Championship following an Atlantic 10 Championship and was honored with the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association New England Region Coach of the Year Award. She also served as the recruiting coordinator during her tenure with the Minutewomen.
“Yale is a historical force in rowing and it's both an honor and a privilege to be a part of Coach [Will] Porter's staff, the Yale Athletic staff, and the Yale community at large,” Simon said “Yale has produced many talented and smart young women and I look forward to finding the next generation of athletes who will add to the distinguished history of Yale Women's Crew."
Simon has considerable experience with USRowing as well, serving as the head coach for the US Team at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing China in 2014, where she lead the W2- to a fourth-place finish and the M2- to an eighth-place finish. In 2017, she coached the women's pair at the World Rowing Junior Championships.
In addition, Simon has been the head coach for the High Performance Sweep Camp and the United States Junior National CanAmMex team. She has guided a women’s eight, women’s pair and women’s four to six gold medals at CanAmMex regattas.
Simon also is a published author in the sport of rowing in tandem, co-authoring The Coxswain’s Encyclopedia. She presents Coaching the Coxswain to her peers at the USRowing Convention and smaller conferences as well.
Prior to UMass, Simon worked as a volunteer coach for the Juniper Serra High School team from 2003-06. She also has served as the head rowing coach and summer coach for BIAC Masters Rowing.
Simon was an accomplished coxswain. She guided a UMass varsity eight to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championship and also served as second coxswain for the U.S. National Women’s Rowing team.
She graduated from UMass with a degree in English in 1998 and went on to earn a Master of Education in Teacher Preparation and Curriculum Studies in 2001. In addition, she achieved a Level 1 Special Education Credential from San Jose State in 2004.