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Kim Cupini named head coach of SMU women’s rowing program
Aug. 7, 2017

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Kim Cupini, the Toreros’ head women’s rowing coach for the past ten seasons, has accepted the head coaching position at Southern Methodist University.

“Kim has done an extraordinary job of building a championship-level program at USD. While I am disappointed for USD, I am excited for Kim and the exciting new challenge and opportunity that has been presented to her,” McGillis stated. “I know she will do tremendous things and will, no doubt, elevate the SMU program to new heights.”

The Toreros have taken first or tied for first at the WCC Championships six times in the past eight years. USD has been ranked or received votes in the Top 20 nationally each of the past four years, producing All-Americans at the end of each of those seasons

Since taking over in 2007, Cupini transformed the Toreros’ women’s rowing program in to a powerhouse. A five-time WCC Coach of the Year, Cupini won four WCC Championships (2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014) and helped the Toreros finish amongst the nation’s top 20 in the final polls twice (2014 & 2015).

Under Cupini's guidance, the Toreros have had five All-Americans, 10 All-West Region honorees and 32 All-WCC selections, including four WCC Coxswains of the Year and two WCC Newcomers of the Year. Academically, Cupini has overseen a Torero program that has had 35 rowers earn WCC All-Academic distinction and 29 CRCA Scholar-Athletes.

Bill McGillis, USD’s Executive Director of Athletics, has already launched a national search for a new women’s rowing head coach. The Toreros have established themselves as one of the premier programs on the West Coast and this high-profile opportunity will certainly attract a tremendous pool of candidates.

The University of San Diego women's rowing program is privileged to a variety of outstanding athletic facilities, including practicing on San Diego's beautiful Mission Bay. Combining the team's boat house on Mission Bay and the on-campus facilities at the team's disposal, the Toreros’ rowing program boasts some of the best facilities and practice conditions in the nation.



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