Josh Adam Named USC Women's Rowing Head Coach

    June 26, 2017

    LOS ANGELES--Josh Adam, who has 16 years of coaching experience at both the collegiate level, including the past 7 seasons at Washington State, and with the U.S. National Team, was named the head coach of the USC women’s rowing program, Trojan athletic director Lynn Swann announced today (June 26).

    “We are delighted that Josh is coming to USC,” said Swann. “He is a well-respected and experienced coach who is focused, dedicated and motivated. He has high character and integrity, and relates well to the student-athletes. He has the vision to guide USC women’s rowing to championships and we are confident he can do that.”

    Said Adam: “I am greatly looking forward to coaching the Women of Troy and helping them compete at a championship level. I would like to thank Lynn Swann and (USC associate athletic director) Hatcher Parnell for this opportunity and for having the confidence in me to lead the USC program. I also am thankful for the time I spent at Washington State and the many fine people there, including Bill Moos, Ann McCoy and Jane LaRiviere.”

    Adam replaces Zenon Babraj, who resigned in May after 15 seasons at USC.

    Adam, 41, spent the past 7 seasons (2011-17) with the Washington State women’s rowing program, the first 4 as an assistant coach and the past 3 as the associate head coach. The Cougars advanced to the NCAA Championship 6 times during his tenure, finishing in the Top 14 each time. Adam coached WSU’s varsity 4 boat as it placed in the Top 15 at the NCAAs all 6 years, including sixth in 2013 and seventh in 2015. While he was at WSU, the Cougars produced an All-American first or second teamer each season and he coached members of the national teams for Canada, Lithuania, Romania and the Czech Republic.

    He came to Washington State after 2 years (2009-10) as an assistant at Indiana, where he helped develop novice rowers for the women’s varsity squad and also assisted the varsity team.



    Before that, he coached at Minnesota, serving as a volunteer assistant with the novice women in the fall of 2005 and then as a graduate assistant with the varsity from 2006 to 2008. Jenny Barnes was an All-American first teamer while he was on staff and the Gophers’ second varsity 8 won the NCAA crown in 2007.

    He began his coaching career at his alma mater, Seattle Pacific, where he was a men’s and women’s varsity assistant and head novice coach for 2 years (2001-02). His women’s novice 4 boat was named the U.S. Rowing Pacific Northwest Crew of the Year.

    He then was the men’s novice assistant coach at Lewis and Clark for 2 seasons (2004-05). He also was the head coach of the master’s women of the Station L Rowing Club in Portland (Ore.) during that time.

    With the U.S. National Team, Adam served as the Pre-Elite women’s coach in 2009 and 2010, then was the sculling women’s head coach for the U-23 National Team Selection Camp in 2011 and 2013, working with 5 current U.S. National Team members. From 2005 to 2007, he was the head coach of the women’s U-23 Lightweight Scullers, helping guide Olympian Kristin Hedstrom. He coached at the U23 World Championship 4 times (in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2013). Crews he has coached have finished in the Top 10 at the U23 Worlds, U.S. Club Nationals and Royal Canadian Henley.

    Adam rowed for 4 years (1997-2000) at Seattle Pacific.

    He earned his bachelor’s degree in history and Christian education from Seattle Pacific in 2000, then did post-bachelor’s research at Katholieke Universiteit-Leuven in Belgium in 2002 and 2003. He then received his master’s degree in sports and exercise science from Minnesota in 2008.

    A Navy veteran, he and his wife, Amy, have 4 children: Katelyn, 16, Megan, 14, and 2-year-old twins Owen and Sage.