Aug. 20, 2012
BERKELEY -Vanessa Tavalero-Sharum, a volunteer assistant coach for the California women's rowing team in 2012, has been promoted to full time assistant coach as announced recently by head coach Dave O'Neill. Tavalero-Sharum will begin her second season as a member of the Golden Bear coaching staff next spring.
"I'm thrilled that Vanessa has joined our staff in a full-time capacity," O'Neill said. "She has plenty of experience as both an athlete and coach. She's been very successful everywhere she goes, including last year with us at Cal. Our first-year team members will really relate to her and gain a lot from her knowledge and leadership."
A 2001 graduate from Washington, Tavalero-Sharum is a member of the Husky Hall of Fame for winning the inaugural NCAA team championship in 1997, and then again in 1998. In addition to the team titles, her individual boats (WV4 and WV8) were also victorious at the NCAA regatta. Tavalero-Sharum graduated with a degree in studio art, also minoring in art history.
In addition to her collegiate success, she was also a two-time Junior National team member after beginning her rowing career in 1992 as a part of Lake Natoma's Capital Crew.
Prior to coming to Cal, Tavalero-Sharum spent four years as an assistant coach at Sacramento State, leading the women's novice eight to a 2009 WIRA Championship. In 2010, Tavalero-Sharum received her master's in sport management from the University of San Francisco.
"I am truly thrilled and energized to become a part of the women's rowing program at the University of California," Tavalero-Sharum said. "I have always held the Bears in high regard with Dave O'Neill at the helm. He is a great coach and an ambassador for the sport of women's rowing. I am looking forward to learning from both Dave and Sarah (Puddicombe) during the upcoming season.