PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s head coach of women’s rowing, Wesley Ng, has announced the promotion of Libby Peters to Associate Head Coach. Peters has spent the last two years on Ng’s staff at Penn as an assistant coach.
Penn’s Peters-led boats have enjoyed standout success over the last two years. Last fall, she coached the Quakers to their first victory at the Head of The Charles since 1981 in the club 4+. She also coached Penn’s Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ to their best respective finishes ever at the Ivy League Championships, the 2V8 in 2016 and the V4 this past May.
“I believe that Libby is one of the most talented coaches in the nation and has the breadth of experience, capacity, and vision to continue to lead our team toward an Ivy League championship and NCAA competition,” said Ng. “Whether it’s within the role of mentoring our student-athletes through their athletic, academic, and personal lives at Penn, or applying her abilities to on-the-water development, Libby is a key cog in creating a world-class rowing experience here at Penn. I’m excited for our alumnae, parents, and recruits to get to know her on a more personal level as we continue driving the program to new heights.”
An Ivy League graduate herself (Columbia), Peters came to Penn in the fall of 2015 after three years as an assistant coach at her alma mater and then one as the Director of Rowing at Germantown Academy as well as an assistant coach with the prestigious Vesper Boat Club on Boathouse Row.
As the assistant coach for the High Performance program at Vesper, Peters helped the United States to silver medals in three separate events at the Pan-American Games in Toronto (July). In September 2015, she coached the United States Lightweight Men’s Quad at the World Championships in Aiguebelette, France. In August 2014, Peters coached the Senior Women’s Single and Champ Women’s Single to gold medals at Canadian Henley.
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 EAWRC 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 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, and is currently completing another Master’s Certificate in Organizational Dynamics.