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Aug. 20, 2007

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The University of San Diego has named Kim Cupini as its new head women's rowing coach, it was announced today by Dan Yourg, Associate Director of Athletics. Cupini returns to San Diego where she rowed for the Toreros between 2000-2003, and later was an assistant coach at USD for two seasons between 2003 to 2005.

"After conducting a national search we are very pleased that Kim has accepted our position of Head Coach for Women's Rowing," said Dan Yourg, Associate Director of Athletics. "Kim is a USD alum and former assistant coach for us who has a great understanding of our program, and knows what it takes to be successful. She has served key roles for winning programs at both USD and the University of Central Florida, and has worked for three different head coaches. She is very passionate about rowing, is a great teacher, and fully understands and is comitted to what it takes to lead successful student-athletes at USD, in the classroom, in the community and on the water."

Since 2005 she has been an assistant coach at the University of Central Florida. This past season Central Florida was one of only sixteen teams to advance to the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships. The squad's First Varsity Eight ranked in the top 10 nationally and the full team finished 3rd in the South Region. During her time at USD she was part of a coaching staff that directed the team to a 2nd place finish in the West Coast Conference Championships during the 2004-05 season.

A 2003 graduate of the University of San Diego, Cupini earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies. She also earned a minor degree in Business Administration. In 2003 she was the recipient of the Leadership and Contribution to Student Life Award. As a rower for the Toreros, she was a two-time Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association All-Conference pick (2003 & 2003), a two-time All-WCC performer, and a three-time team MVP (2001-2003).

FOR TRANSACTIONS: University of San Diego: Named Kim Cupini head women's rowing coach.