Libby Peters Named Assistant Women's Rowing Coach

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s head coach of women’s rowing, Wes Ng, has announced the hiring of Libby Peters as his assistant coach.

An Ivy League graduate, Peters has experience as both an Ivy League coach and in Philadelphia. After three years as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Columbia University, Peters spent last year as the Director of Rowing at Germantown Academy as well as an assistant coach with the prestigious Vesper Boat Club on Boathouse Row.

“Libby is going to be a cornerstone of our staff,” said Ng, who enters his first year at Penn. “Her racing experience, training acumen, eye for technique, and intensity is exactly what we need in order to practice and race like a championship quality team. I am particularly impressed by how she has found ways to contribute and give back to the rowing community while also coaching at a high level. It is one thing to race internationally, but another to be able to describe and share what it takes to get there. Our goal will be to give our current and future student-athletes world-class coaching at every stage of their academic and rowing careers.”

“Penn Women’s Rowing has a long and proud tradition, and I am fortunate for the opportunity to be a part of the program,” said Peters. “Wes is an accomplished coach who has a great vision for the program, and I am really looking forward to working alongside him to bring out the best in our student-athletes. I love the competitiveness of Ivy League rowing, and I look forward to the challenges ahead.”

As the assistant coach for the High Performance program atVesper Boat Club, Peters helped the United States to silver medals in threeseparateeventsat the Pan-American Games in Toronto(July). In September, Peters will coach the United States Lightweight Men’s Quad at the 2015 World Championships in Aiguebelette, France. Last August, Peters coached the Senior Women’s Single and Champ Women’s Single to gold medals atCanadianHenley.

At Germantown Academy, Peters coached a Scholastic National Champion and Philadelphia City Champion in the Girls’ Varsity Single. GA also took second at the City Championships in the Girls’ Novice Four, and third in the Junior Girls’ Quad.

During her three-year tenure as an assistant coach at Columbia, Peters helped the Lions win gold at the Eastern Women’s Sprints in the Second Varsity 8 and was recognized by the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) as the Mid-Atlantic Assistant Coach of the Year in 2013. Columbia achieved its highest CRCA national ranking in 2012, at No. 17, then bettered that a year later by topping out at No. 15. Peters was an assistant with the Varsity 8 boat that defeated Harvard, Yale and Brown for the first times in program history, won the Eastern Women’s Sprints, and achieved a boat ranking of No. 10 nationally in 2013.

A standout rower in her own right, Peters was the stroke for the United States Lightweight Women’s quad sculls and won a bronze medal at the 2008 World Championships in Linz, Austria. As a member of the Vesper Boat Club, she took second place in the 2008 Olympic Trials in the Lightweight Women’s double sculls, and later won the U.S. Elite Nationals in both the double and quad sculls. That December, Peters and the rest of that quad sculls crew were named Vesper’s Female Athletes of the Year. As a member of the New York Athletic Club in 2007, Peters won the Canadian Henley in the Open Women’s double sculls and won the U.S. Nationals in the Senior Women’s quad sculls. In 2006 she rowed for the Pocock Rowing Center, taking third place in the World Championship Trials in the Lightweight Women’s quad sculls and winning U.S. Nationals in the Elite Lightweight Women’s double sculls.

At Columbia, Peters was co-captain as a senior and a finalist for the prestigious Manniaty Award, given each year to the top Columbia Senior Athlete. She was a Pocock All-America as a senior, and first-team Mid-Atlantic as a junior and senior. In addition, Peters was a two-time CRASH-b College Lightweight champion.

Peters founded Philadelphia City Rowing in November 2009, and served as executive director and head coach until August 2011. PCR is the first free competitive rowing program for underserved youth in Philadelphia. In her positions, Peters formed a Board of Directors and Advisors; hired and managed a coaching staff of more than 20 volunteer mentors and tutors; secured a land-use agreement and oversaw construction of a PCR boatyard on Boathouse Row; and forged relationships for the program with the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia School District, and the Schuylkill Navy.

Peters was an assistant coach with Vesper’s Junior Competitive Program in the summer of 2011; head coach of girls’ rowing at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr in the spring of 2009; and spent the 2006-07 academic year as a history teacher and girls’ head coach at her high school alma mater, The Gunnery School in Washington, Conn.

Peters graduated from Columbia in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in United States 20th Century History, minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. She was an Academic All-Ivy selection during her rowing career with the Lions. Peters also completed the 18-month Business Essentials Certificate Program at Penn’s Wharton School of Business in December 2010.