Lina Azarova is in her third season as a member of the coaching staff with the Louisville women's rowing program. The last two years she assisted the program as a graduate assistant coach and chose to continue contributing to the program in 2014-15 as a volunteer.
"This program is blooming under Derek Copeland's leadership and it is hard not to want to be a part of this," said Azarova. "We worked hard for two years, brought home the American Conference Championship last year and earned a right to go to the NCAA Championships for the first time in the program's history. It is rewarding to see the program growing and I can't wait to see the fruits of this upcoming season."
As a graduate assistant coach, Lina primarily worked with the novice program during her first year, while during her second year, she coached the third varsity four while remaining involved with the novice program. Azarova led the 3V4+ to wins over Notre Dame and West Virginia at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational, while also helping the crew bring home the American Championship. For 2014-15, she will continue her active involvement with the novice program while also developing her eye for NCAA Division I coaching as an assistant with the varsity program.
Azarova is a native of Pskov, Russia. She rowed lightweight and was a skillful sculler before arriving in Louisville. She primarily rowed in smaller boats and brought home medals from junior national championships and international regattas. She spent her senior year at the University of Louisville and was a member of the second varsity eight. Azarova earned academic honors as a student-athlete at the University of Louisville and graduated with a degree in psychology with a concentration in natural science.
She is currently completing a master's degree in counseling psychology.