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July 20, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-Virginia rowing associate head coach Steve Pritzker has been named head coach of the University of Iowa’s rowing program, Virginia head coach Kevin Sauer announced Friday (July 20). Pritzker was a member of the UVa coaching staff for nine seasons and was twice named National Assistant Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association, the only person to earn the honor twice.

“Steve will be missed immensely,” Sauer said. “He brought a passion and intensity to the program that will be hard to be replace. He had become a fantastic co-coach in our program and was responsible for a great deal of our success. The University of Iowa is blessed to have someone of his integrity, character and coaching ability to lead their program.”

“I have had an extraordinary time coaching at the University of Virginia,” Pritzker said. “Kevin has been a great role model and mentor for me and I hope to bring the success that we were fortunate to have at Virginia with me to the University of Iowa. Everyone in the athletic department, with special thanks to Jon Oliver, Craig Littlepage and Valerie Richardson, has been fantastic to work with. I am honored to have spent nine years working with the student-athletes here at Virginia and will truly miss them.”

During Pritzker’s tenure, the Cavaliers have won two NCAA Championships, including the 2012 crown. In addition, UVa has won eight ACC Championships and six South/Central Regional titles. He coached the Varsity Four boat to four NCAA titles, including 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010.

This year, Pritzker coached the Varsity Four to a second-place finish and helped lead the Second Varsity Eight to a vital fifth-place finish to aid the Cavaliers’ national team title hopes.

Pritzker received a diploma from UVa’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University.

Pritzker rowed competitively as an undergraduate, earning four varsity letters as a coxswain at Yale and winning numerous medals including at Eastern Sprints and at the Temple Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta.

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