Head coach Amy Fuller begins her fourth season at the helm of the UCLA women's rowing team.
In four years as head coach, Fuller has already reestablished the prominence of rowing at UCLA. She has vastly increased the team's depth and boat speed and has brought success to both the varsity and novice eights.
Under her direction for the 2003 season, the varsity eights had convincing wins in the petite finals at Pac-10's while the novice eight capped the season with a Pac-10 Championship. With a victory in the varsity eight race, the Miller Cup was also returned to UCLA for the first time since 1990.
In only the program's third year as an NCAA sport, Fuller has created a fleet that is well on its way to rival any other university in the country. In the program's first season, she oversaw the purchase of four eights and two new fours, as well as three new sets of oars. Last season, Fuller oversaw the purchase of four new pairs and one new eight, as well as another two new sets of oars. Entering 2004, UCLA will have added a new trailer, four new pairs, one new four and two new eights.
Under Fuller, the Bruins also signed their first ever recruits in 2003. Six letters of intent were signed for 2004. Four full scholarships have been awarded for the program, and two more will be awarded for next season.
Fuller, who has over nine years of coaching experience, was hired on July 2, 2001 as the new coach for the sport's 2001-02 inaugural NCAA season.
She came to Westwood after serving one year as assistant coach for the Stanford women's crew program (2000-01). She helped the Cardinal record its first Top 20 national ranking in the program's NCAA history.
Prior to serving as assistant coach at Stanford, Fuller was an assistant coach at San Diego State for two years (1998-2000), at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga for another two years (1996-98), and for the U.S. National Team in 1997.
From 1993-96, Fuller served as a motivational speaker for Champion International, a U.S. Rowing sponsor. Fuller began her coaching career at UC Santa Barbara, her alma mater. From 1990-91, she headed their women's novice program. Two years later, from 1992-93, she headed their women's varsity program.
Fuller, an accomplished athlete, is a three-time Olympian and former World Record holder. Her competitiveness has given her an assortment of national and international experience. In 1993, she was acclaimed as the U.S. Rowing Female Athlete of the Year, and in 1995, she was a finalist for the Sullivan Award, given annually to the nation's top amateur athlete.
Fuller earned trips to the Olympics in 1992, 1996, and 2000. In 1992, she brought home a silver medal in the Women's 4-, and in 1996 and 2000, she placed in the Top 6 in the Women's 8+.
Fuller has also competed in eight World Championships, earning one gold medal and six silver medals (1989, 1991, 1993-95, 1997-98, and 1999).
An extension of Fuller's international experience includes the Goodwill Games, the Lucerne International Regatta, and the Henley Royal Regatta. At the Goodwill Games in 1994, her Women's 8+ team captured a bronze medal. Competing at the Lucerne International Regatta (1991, 1994-96, and 1998), she brought home five medals: three gold, one silver, and one bronze. At the Henley Royal Regatta in 1998, she added another gold medal.
Fuller continued her rowing success at the C.R.A.S.H.-B Sprints. She was the 2000, 2001 World Record holder on the rowing ergometer and placed first for Open Women. On the national level, Fuller rowed for the U.S. National Team for 11 years (1989-2000). During this era, her National Championship medal count was twelve gold, two silver, and one bronze.
Fuller discovered rowing during her sophomore year at UC Santa Barbara. Pursuing her newfound sport, she later went on to earn one gold medal and one bronze medal on the Collegiate National level. In 1990, she was honored with her school's Associated Student's Athlete of the Year Award.
Fuller, a Westlake Village native who prepped at Westlake HS, graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1990 with a Bachelor's degree in Biology. She went on to receive her Masters in Education from Tennessee, Chattanooga in 1998.
Fuller has also been certified by the American College of Sports Medicine as Health Fitness Instructor and is a U.S. Rowing Level II certified coach.