Virginia's Sauer named U.S. Men's Head Coach for World Under-23 Rowing Championships

International regatta to be held July 22-26 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

PRINCETON, N.J. (VirginiaSports.com) —Virginia rowing head coach Kevin Sauer has been named the U.S. under-23 men’s head coach for the 2015 World Under-23 Championships, USRowing announced Monday (Feb. 9). The international meet will be held in Plovdid, Bulgaria, July 22-26. USRowing also announced that Wyatt Allen, a 2001 graduate of Virginia, has been named men’s assistant coach for the same regatta.

Sauer has served as the women’s head coach at three World U23 regattas (1998, 2008, 2009) and as an assistant coach several times. Under the guidance of Sauer at the national level, the American women’s quad won gold at the 2007 World U-23 Championships and the American women’s eight captured gold in 2008.

"I am really looking forward to coaching the U23 men this summer,” Sauer said. “It will be an exciting change of pace from coaching the UVa and under-23 women. Working with Wyatt will be a pleasure. It has been fun following his stellar rowing and coaching career. I also would like to thank Luke (McGee) and (Bryan) Volpenhein for entrusting me with this opportunity.”

Sauer is in his 20th season as the varsity head coach at UVa and has guided the Cavaliers to two NCAA Championships (2010 and 2012), eight boat national championships and eight consecutive top-six finishes at the NCAA regatta. He is a two-time CRCA National Coach of the Year and 10-time ACC Coach of the Year and has led Virginia to team titles at 14 of the 15 ACC Championships.

Sauer came to Charlottesville in the fall of 1988, where he oversaw the direction of the men’s and women’s club rowing teams until the women’s team was upgraded to varsity status and began competition in the fall of 1995.