Yasmin “Yaz” Farooq has been involved in coxing and coaching for over 30 years. As
the coxswain for the United States National Team from 1989 to 1996, she competed
in the 1992 & 1996 Olympic Games. She was captain of the Olympic Women’s Rowing Team
at the Atlanta Olympics. Yaz’s crews have won numerous International medals including
a gold medal at the 1995 World Championships - the first ever won by a U.S. Women’s
Eight - and silver medals at the 1990, 1993, & 1994 World Championships. Yaz started
coxing at the University of Wisconsin in 1984, where she was recruited for her “big
voice” and tiny stature. She was voted captain & MVP her senior year.
Yaz currently serves as head coach of the women's rowing team at the University of
Washington. She was the head coach at Stanford University from 2006-2016 and won
a National Championship in 2009, along with five podium finishes. She was also the
on-air rowing analyst for NBC’s telecasts of the Olympic Games from 2000-2012. Yaz
was inducted into the National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame in 2014.