Guillermo Lemus begins his fourth season as an assistant coach with the UCLA women's rowing team. Lemus works primarily from the UCLA Boathouse and is responsible for the equipment maintenance and gear.
Lemus's on the water duties include introducing UCLA walk-ons to the sport of rowing, developing the basic skills and knowledge of beginning rowers, and assisting both the varsity and novice crews.
Prior to his role as an assistant with the UCLA women's rowing team, Lemus headed the UCLA women's crew team when it was still under club status.
During his two-year tenure as the women's varsity rowing coach, Lemus extended his experience in creating training programs, rigging boats, organizing regattas, recruiting and running winter and spring rowing camps. In addition, Lemus was instrumental in the club's vast improvements over those two years. His teams recorded a sixth-place finish in the varsity eight at the 1999 Newport Autumn Rowing Festival, a gold medal finish in the novice eight at the 2001 Pacific Coast Visitor's Cup and a silver medal finish in the lightweight varsity eight at the 2001 Pacific Coast Rowing Championships.
Lemus first came to UCLA in 1996 with over 12 years of rowing experience. He first learned to row at the age of 12 in Guatemala, where he later trained with the Guatemalan Junior National Team. Now, living in California for over 13 years, Lemus' experience includes work with junior, collegiate and master's programs.
Lemus began his collegiate coaching career in the 1998-99 season with Loyola Marymount University, where he was the head coach for the novice men and women.
He has also coached for many private clubs and master's programs in the area, including both the Los Angeles Rowing Club and the UCLA Master's Rowing Club.
Lemus, an accomplished rower, continues his own racing career in the off-season. His competitiveness has led him to win 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. Also in 2000, he went to the Northwest and Southwest Regional Master's Championships, where he brought home gold and silver in the men's A double.
In 2003, Lemus returned to the Master's National Championships where he won two more medals, a silver and a bronze in the B quad and four. He also recorded a fourth place finish in the B double.
Lemus graduated in 1990 from the International Institute for Computer Studies in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where he received a degree in Accounting and Computer Programming.