Ashley Peterson embarks on her first season as a volunteer assistant coach with the UCLA women's rowing team. Peterson graduated from California in the spring of 2004 and came to UCLA for graduate studies at the School of Public Health, where she is pursuing a Masters in Epidemiology.
Peterson was a walk-on at California, where she earned a spot in the Second Varsity eight during her junior and senior years. She helped her boat capture the Pac-10 Championshipin 2003 and 2004 and helped enable her team to attend the NCAA Championships. At nationals, her boat placed third in the nation in 2003, and second in 2004. In 2004, she was selected as a Pac-10 All-Academic second-team member. Peterson would like to continue rowing with hopes of working towards elite status in the lightweight category.
While Peterson has no prior coaching experience, she has a love and knowledge of the sport that makes her a valuable asset to the team. Her duties are working predominantly with the novice walk-ons, who, like herself, have not rowed prior to college.
Peterson graduated from California with a B.S. in Molecular Cell Biology and Chemistry. At the School of Public Health, she is a member of the Public Health Student Association as the representative for the Epidemiology Department and is also the co-chair of the International Health Committee. After obtaining her Masters degree, Peterson hopes to work in the area of infectious disease epidemiology and eventually work at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Further, she would like to return to school to obtain a Ph.D. in Epidemiology.
Peterson is from Fort Collins, CO but has spent a portion of her time in Europe, living in Germany for three years. Aside from rowing, Peterson enjoys hiking, backpacking, knitting, and gourmet cooking.