Yasmin Farooq

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Yasmin Farooq
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BornNovember 25, 1965 (1965-11-25) (age 49)
Golden Valley, Minnesota, U.S.
 
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Yasmin Farooq
Personal information
BornNovember 25, 1965 (1965-11-25) (age 49)
Golden Valley, Minnesota, U.S.

Yasmin Farooq (born November 25, 1965 in Golden Valley, Minnesota) is an American rowing cox. She graduated from Waupun High School in 1984 at Waupun, Wisconsin.[1] She attended the University of Wisconsin where she started coxing in 1984; she then was voted Captain and MVP her senior year.[2] She finished 6th in the women's eight at the 1992 Summer Olympics and 4th in the women's eight at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

In 2006, Farooq became the head coach of Stanford University's women's rowing team.[2][3] In her second year at the helm, the Stanford varsity eight won a silver medal at the NCAA Championships, and she was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year. In 2009, she led the team to Stanford's first NCAA Team Title in rowing. The Stanford varsity eight set an NCAA record of 6:11.95 en route to victory in the grand final. The team title was solidified with a third place finish by the second varsity eight and a fifth place finish by the varsity four. Also in 2009, Farooq was named 2009 Coach of the Year by the Rowing News, and also earned "Joy of Sculling Coaches Conference Award for University Women's Coach of the Year" at the 17th Annual Joy of Sculling Conference.[4] In 2011, Stanford finished in a tie with Brown University for first place in the NCAA team standings, but they lost the tie-breaker by .05 in the first varsity eight grand final.[2][5]

In 2012, Farooq served as coach of the United States Under-23 women's eight which won a gold medal at the Under-23 World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.[6]

In 2014, Farooq led the Cardinal women to their first Pac 12 Conference Title. Stanford swept all three varsity events. [7] The Cardinal went on to finish fourth at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, IN. Farooq was named Pac 12 Coach of the Year. She was also inducted in the National Rowing Hall of Fame for her contributions to the US National Rowing Team as a coxswain.[8]

Farooq has worked as rowing commentator for NBC's Olympic broadcasts in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, and London 2012.[9][10] For NBC, she also is the rowing analyst for NBC's Universal Sports, covering World Cup regattas and the World Championships.[10]

Farooq is married to Roger Waterman, a television cameraman and producer. In their spare time they produce instructional DVD's for coaching coxswains.[11] Yasmin also hosts COXSWAINation.com: a web resource for rowing coaches and coxswains.[11]

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