Karen Klinger | Head Coach | Women’s Crew | Smith College

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

Potential, coachability, enthusiasm for the sport, a commitment to the long term and development, a team player

Could you give an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

We have an athlete in our top eight who wouldn’t have been able to row at many other schools, as she is short for a rower. BUT, she has everything else: she works hard, she races hard, and she brings up everyone around her. I knew she would be fun to have on the team, but had no idea how much of a positive impact she would have on our program.