Guillermo Lemus Named USC Women's Rowing Assistant Coach

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    July 20, 2016

    LOS ANGELES -- The USC women's rowing team has hired Guillermo Lemus as an assistant coach for the Women of Troy head coach Zenon Babraj announced on Wednesday, July 20.

    "We are very excited to have Guillermo on board," said Babraj. "He is a proven recruiter who has a great deal of high-level coaching experience. During his last three seasons at San Diego, he helped build a program that has ranked among the top 20 teams in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Poll. On his first day at USC, Guillermo was already on the road recruiting, demonstrating his outstanding work ethic. I am truly looking forward to working with him, and our entire team of coaches, as we aim to build a winning program."

    Lemus joins USC following a five-year (2012-16) stint as an assistant coach for the University of San Diego. While with the Toreros, Lemus served as a recruiter and was responsible for training, rigging, and operational direction of the USD program. He was instrumental in the development of three CRCA All-Americans (Michelle Campbell, 2014; Nneka Anyanwu, 2015) including the program's first-ever first-team All-American Uche Anyanwu (2016). Campbell was named the 2014 West Coast Conference Rower of the Year and was the league's newcomer of the year in 2013. Nneka Anyanwu was the 2014 WCC Newcomer of the Year.

    Under Lemus, San Diego also produced back-to-back WCC Coxswains of the Year: Erica Mayer, 2014 and Kaitlin Soper, 2013. The Toreros had 12 All-WCC honorees and finished first or tied for first at the WCC Championships four times in Lemus' five seasons with the crew.

    In just his first months with the Toreros, as coach of the freshman eight, Lemus guided his crew to first place at the 2012 Newport Autumn Rowing Festival. In 2014, Lemus helped coach the USD varsity four to a stunning victory over the nation's No. 1-ranked V4 from California at the Lake Natoma Invitational. Later that season, he and the USD staff guided the Toreros to the program's historic first appearance at the NCAA championships where San Diego finished 15th. Under his guidance, USD's novice eight won the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Trophy at the 2015 San Diego Crew Classic.

    Before his arrival at San Diego, Lemus served as the women's juniors' coach of the San Diego Rowing Club from 2007-11. Many of the rowers under his tutelage went on to receive NCAA Division I rowing scholarships. Lemus helped lead SDRC to its third-place finish at the 2008 Youth National Championships.

    From 2006-07, Lemus was the head juniors' coach at the California Yacht Club. In those two years, he transformed what was a recreational juniors program into a national contender. He led the CYC juniors to three grand final and two petite final finishes at the 2007 Junior
National Championships and a gold medal in the women's double at the 2007 Club National Championship.

    While at CYC, Lemus was also a coach at Lions Rowing Club in Marina del Rey, Calif., where he established the club's first competitive national-level master's team. He helped LRC to three gold and two silver medals at the 2006 Masters' Nationals Championships. Lemus led the crew to a sixth-place finish in 2005, and a silver-medal finish in 2006 in the women's club eights at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

    Lemus was the head coach of UCLA's women's club team from 1999 to 2001. During his tenure with the Bruins, he helped the program reach its current NCAA Division I classification and became the crew's assistant coach from 2001-05. As the assistant head coach at UCLA, his contribution to the coaching staff helped the Bruins capture the 2002 Pac-10 Novice Eight championship, the crew's rise to a then program-best CRCA ranking of No. 15, and the team's first NCAA championship appearance. At UCLA, he was in charge of the novice rowers, including all aspects of coaching and recruiting on-campus athletes. In addition, Lemus oversaw matters related to the rowing facility and coordinated regattas and team activities.

    Prior to landing at UCLA, Lemus was the head novice coach for both the men and women's programs at Loyola Marymount (1998-99). Concurrently, Lemus was also the women's novice rowing coach at the Marina Aquatic Center from 1996-99.

    An accomplished rower himself, Lemus won three medals at the 2000 Master's National Championships, two silvers in the A fours and A double, and a bronze in the A eight. He went to the 2002 Northwest and Southwest Regional Master's Championships, where he brought home gold and silver in the men's A double. In his last competitions before focusing his attention directly on coaching, Lemus returned to the 2003 Master's National Championships where he won two more medals; a silver and a bronze in the B quad and four.

    A native of Guatemala, Lemus began rowing at the age of 12, and later trained with the Guatemalan Junior National Team. He graduated in 1990 with a degree in accounting and computer programming from the International Institute for Computer Studies in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Lemus holds a USRowing Level III coaching education certificate and has USRowing Advanced Coaching Series training.

    Lemus currently resides in Santa Monica, Calif.

    The Women of Troy finished 14th at the 2016 NCAA championships and were making the program's 10th all-time appearance in the championship regatta; eighth consecutive. USC's varsity eight finished fourth in the petite final at the championships and took 10th place in the overall final standings.

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