Women’s Coaching Staff

Head Coach

Alyssa Dewey (contact alyssadewey@ucsb.edu for recruitment information)

Alyssa began her rowing career at Western Washington University, where she was a four-year varsity rower. She attended two NCAA DII National Championships, winning the Women’s Varsity 4+ event in 2011, and coming in second in the Women’s Varsity 8+ event in 2012.  During her time at WWU, she earned her B.S. in Kinesiology in 2012 and went on to earn her Master of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership (Coaching) from the University of Washington in 2017. Alyssa is a USRowing Level II certified coach.

Alyssa began her coaching career at Sammamish Rowing Association (Redmond, Washington) where she coached juniors, masters, and learn-to-row classes. Prior to her time at UCSB, Alyssa served as an assistant coach at the NCAA DI Fordham University (Bronx, NY), as well as the NCAA DIII Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY) and Willamette University (Salem, OR).

The 2019-2020 season will be Alyssa’s first full season with the UCSB Rowing team, having joined the program mid-February of 2019. Alyssa is excited to work with the varsity women and aims to continue the legacy of competitive excellence, while fostering a passion for the sport, and a commitment to the growth and development of the whole athlete.

Assistant Coach

Liann Jimmons (liannjimmons@ucsb.edu)

Liann grew up in Huntington Beach where she competed in everything from cheerleading to wrestling. She started rowing at UCSB her freshman year as a walk-on athlete as Liann was eager for a new challenge. After four years of hard work, she is a proud legacy alumna of the UCSB Rowing team who graduated in 2018 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. She won three national titles at ACRA in 2016, 2017, and 2018 with her crew, so she knows that anyone can become a champion here firsthand. Since then, Liann has been a staff researcher with the UCSB Institute of Collaborative Biotechnolgies. In addition to coaching the Women’s Novice team, she will be starting a graduate program for a Master of Science in Genetic Counseling this fall at UCSB. As a coach, Liann is excited to help the next class of athletes unlock their potential to become champions and inspire greatness. She hopes to pass on the values that she learned in this program as an athlete, from lessons in body positivity and strength to maintaining an unrelenting drive and determination to always go after her goals.