Zenon Babraj Resigns As USC Women's Rowing Head Coach/Director Of Rowing|
May 17, 2017
USC women’s rowing head coach and director of rowing Zenon Babraj announced today (May 17) that he has resigned after 15 seasons (2003-17) at Troy.
“We thank Zenon for his 15 years at USC and wish him well in the future,” said USC athletic director Lynn Swann. “Under his guidance, USC women’s rowing became a nationally-prominent and nationally-competitive program. We will begin a national search for his replacement and look forward to building upon the foundation Zenon set.”
Babraj, 62, was a 2-time CRCA West Region and Pac-12 Women’s Rowing Coach of the Year (2007 and 2013). He led the Women of Troy to all 10 of the program’s NCAA championship berths, including a fourth place finish in 2013 and the school’s first-ever team bid in 2005, as well as the program’s only conference team title (in 2007). At USC, he coached 25 CRCA All-Americans, 44 All-West Region picks and 26 All-Conference selections, along with 66 conference All-Academic honorees and 29 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete awardees.
During his tenure, USC never lost to UCLA in the annual crosstown dual, won the San Diego Crew Classic’s Jessop-Whittier Cup 6 times and captured 3 Pac-12 titles. His team was ranked No. 1 nationally for parts of the 2007, 2012 and 2013 seasons. He twice saw a trio of USC boats advance to the NCAA grand finals (2011 and 2013). He had a pair of bronze medal winners in the NCAA varsity eight (2007 and 2012) and a silver medal varsity four in 2013.
In the just-concluded 2017 season, USC finished ranked No. 15 nationally and placed fifth at the Pac-12 Championship, but for the first time since 2008 Troy will not participate as a team at the upcoming NCAA Championship and for the first time since 1998 it will not have a boat participating in any NCAA race.
Babraj and his wife, Kelly, were originally hired as co-head coaches at USC in 2003, with Zenon becoming sole head coach in 2008. Kelly spent the past 2 seasons as USC’s volunteer assistant coach.