July 24, 2012
UCLA Athletics continues its celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX with a series of profiles of UCLA's Title IX 40. This group of 40 Bruin women were game-changers in the Title IX era. The next two profiles are of a pair of Hall of Famers from the late '70's - rower Carol Bower and three-sport star Denise Corlett.
Carol Bower, Rowing (1978-79)
Olympic gold medalist Carol Bower is one of the most successful international rowers in UCLA history and has established herself as one of the nation's top women's rowing coaches.
An accomplished athlete, she graduated from UCLA in 1979 and in the same year earned a bronze medal at the World Championships. The following year, she was a member of the U.S. Olympic team but was unable to participate in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow due to the national boycott. Such an obstacle did not stop Bower. For the next three years (1981-83), she was a silver medalist at the World Championships. In 1982, Bower was awarded the honor of `Oarswoman of the Year' by the U.S. Olympic Rowing Committee. Bower highlighted her successful international rowing career at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where she won the gold medal in the women's eight.
As a rowing coach at the national level, she was the U.S. women's team coach from 1985-88. At the 1988 Olympics, she coached the U. S. women's four, and in 1989 was the U.S. women's lightweight coach.
For the last 10 years, Bower has been the head rowing coach at Bryn Mawr College. With her arrival as a full-time coach, Bower established a varsity rowing program that, in the past four years, has become a competitive force in Division III crew. In addition to her coaching duties, Bower also serves as the Senior Women's Administrator and Senior Lecturer for the Department of Athletics and Physical Education. As the rowing coach, she is in charge of scholar-athlete development, recruitment and the general management and promotion of the rowing program. As Senior Lecturer, Bower designs and teaches the leadership course curriculum and establishes programs for team building and leadership development for the college community.
Bower started her collegiate coaching career in 1980 at Yale University as the women's novice coach. She then went on to become the head coach of the University of Pennsylvania's women's rowing program in 1987. In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, she has worked with a group of fellow Olympians in a team-building and leadership-training company, Team Concepts, Inc.
Bower was named to the U.S. National Rowing Hall of Fame in 1984 and again in 1991 and was a 2006 inductee into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame.
Denise Corlett, Volleyball, Basketball, Badminton (1976-80)
One of the elite multi-sport standouts in UCLA history, Denise Corlett starred for the Bruins in volleyball, basketball and badminton and was named the All-University Athlete of the Year in 1979.
In volleyball, Corlett was twice (1978, 1979) selected to the first-team all -conference and All-American squads as she helped lead the Bruins to four consecutive Final Four appearances. She was among the volleyball career leaders in hitting percentage and total attacks. In 1997, she was named one of the 25 greatest players in UCLA women's volleyball history, and her jersey #44 is retired.
Corlett was a key player on the Bruins' 1978 AIAW Basketball National championship squad and helped lead UCLA to the 1979 Final Four as the Bruins' starting junior center.
In badminton, Corlett led UCLA to the 1977 National Championship, winning the singles title and the Broderick Award as the nation's top badminton player.
At the national level in vollleyball, she led her USVBA team to national championships in both 1978 and 1979, played for the USA in the 1979 University Games and played for the U.S. National Team in 1982 and 1983.
One of the nation's most respected collegiate women's volleyball assistant coaches, Corlett has spent 23 years at Stanford as an interim head coach, an associate head coach and an assistant coach. In 2012, she begins her 17th year in the associate head coach role. The Cardinal is 641-111 (.852) during her association with the program, having won six NCAA Championships and 13 Pac-12 Championships. The six national titles include Stanford's back-to-back wins in 1996 and 1997, while the conference titles include six in a row between 1994 and 1999. At Stanford, she has coached in 11 national championship matches, led the team to 12 Final Fours and helped guide 23 players to 57 AVCA All-America awards.
Corlett has also made a name for herself as a coach at the national level. She spent the summer of 1993 serving as an assistant coach for the silver medalist U.S. National Team at the World University Games and was an assistant coach with the 1997 World University Games squad and the bronze medal-winning 2003 Pan American Games team. Additionally, she has served as the head of delegation for several U.S. teams in international play, including the Junior National Team at the 2009 World Championships.
Prior to Stanford, Corlett served as an assistant at San Jose State during the 1987 and 1988 seasons. During that time, the Spartans went 42-24 and reached the NCAA Tournament twice. Before her tenure at San Jose State, Corlett spent five years assisting at UCLA, serving as a graduate assistant for two years and a volunteer assistant for three seasons, helping the Bruins to the 1985 Final Four. She also spent time as the business manager for the U.S. Women's National Team.
Corlett was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999 and named to the Cal-Hi Sports Top 100 Female Athletes list in 2005.