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Josh Adam named USC women’s rowing head coach

He comes to USC after seven seasons at Washington State, during which the Cougars advanced to the NCAA championship six times

Josh Adam
Josh Adam spent the past seven seasons with the Washington State women’s rowing program. (Photo/Courtesy of Washington State Sports Information)

Josh Adam, who has 16 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including the past seven seasons at Washington State, and with the U.S. National Team, was named the head coach of the USC women’s rowing program, Trojan Athletic Director Lynn Swann announced Monday.

“We are delighted that Josh is coming to USC,” Swann said. “He is a well-respected and experienced coach who is focused, dedicated and motivated.

He has the vision to guide USC women’s rowing to championships and we are confident he can do that.

Josh Adam

“He has high character and integrity, and relates well to the student-athletes. He has the vision to guide USC women’s rowing to championships and we are confident he can do that.”

Said Adam:  “I am greatly looking forward to coaching the Women of Troy and helping the team compete at a championship level. I would like to thank Lynn Swann and [USC Associate Athletic Director] Hatcher Parnell for this opportunity and for having the confidence in me to lead the USC program.”

Adam, 41, spent the past seven seasons (2011-17) with the Washington State women’s rowing program, the first four as an assistant coach and the past three as the associate head coach. The Cougars advanced to the NCAA championship six times during his tenure, finishing in the Top 14 each time.

A Navy veteran, Adam and his wife, Amy, have four children: Katelyn, 16; Megan, 14; and 2-year-old twins Owen and Sage.

Adam replaces Zenon Babraj, who resigned in May after 15 seasons at USC.

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