Dawn Regan enters her third season as an assistant coach for the UCLA women's rowing team. Regan graduated from UCLA in 2004 and spent the 2004-05 season as an assistant coach for the University of Pennsylvania women's rowing team.
Regan's primary responsibilities include identification, development and coaching of all walk-on athletes. Regan also coordinates recruiting efforts for the program's non-rowing athletes. Off the water duties include the management and maintenance of equipment and gear.
Last season, Regan's work with the novice crews proved instrumental in UCLA's sucess at early season dual-meets against Loyola Marymount and San Diego State. Against both local programs, the Bruins posted first-place finishes in the novice eight races. Two weekends later at the San Diego Crew Classic, UCLA's novice eight finished first, ahead of Pac-10 competitors Oregon State, Stanford, California and Washington State.
In the annual dual meet against crosstown rival USC, both of the Bruins' novice crews finished ahead of the Trojans' novice eight. Regan's work with the team's young rowers helped UCLA finish third in the Grand Final of the novice eight at Pac-10 Championships.
In 2006, Regan helped guide the novice eight to wins in the Miller Cup and versus Loyola Marymount as well as a sixth-place finish in the San Diego Crew Classic's novice eight Grand Final.
A former Bruin student-athlete, Regan brings a firsthand understanding of the program and the dedication it takes to succeed at UCLA. She is valuable in sharing this knowledge and her experience with current team members on all squads.
A walk-on rower at UCLA, Regan was a three-year letterwinner for the Bruins under head coach Amy Fuller Kearney. She rowed in the top novice eight her first season and proved instrumental in leading the Bruins to their first Pac-10 Grand Final in more than 10 years. Regan's enthusiasm and passion for the sport earned her the Most Inspirational Athlete award at the conclusion of her first season.
Regan helped UCLA return to its top spot as a West Coast power. Her development as an athlete continued during the summer of 2002 (prior to her junior year) when she attended a U.S. National Team Development Camp in Philadelphia, where she rowed with the top collegiate athletes from around the nation at the prestigious Vesper Boat Club. Regan ended the summer with two gold medals from the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta and a silver and bronze medal from the club nationals.
Regan's career goals have always focused on coaching at the Division I collegiate level. She graduated from the school of Letters and Science at UCLA with a degree in psychology and a minor in women's studies. As an assistant coach at Pennsylvania, Regan served as the novice coach and led the Penn women to a fourth-place finish at the Eastern Sprints.
Regan hails from San Clemente, Calif, where her family still resides. She now lives in Culver City, Calif. Aside from rowing, she enjoys cycling, gourmet cooking and traveling.