Sidney Thorsten, the coxswain of the Virginia women's rowing varsity eight national champion in 2012, joined the Columbia women's rowing program in August 2012 as an assistant coach.
"We are absolutely thrilled to have Sidney join the coaching staff here at Columbia," head coach Scott Ramsey said. "Our goal is to win Ivy League and national championships, and she knows firsthand what it takes to win at the highest level in collegiate rowing.
"Sidney is a fierce competitor who brings a high attention to detail to the table in everything that she does," Ramsey continued. "She is honest, direct, and passionate about winning. I am excited to work with Sidney as she will quickly develop into an outstanding coach and recruiter for us at Columbia."
Thorsten steered the Cavalier women to the varsity eight national championship in 2012. In 2010, she was the coxswain on the silver medalist varsity eight squad and part of the Cavaliers' overall team title that year. Virginia also was the silver medalist in 2009 with Thorsten as a first-year coxswain.
A four-year varsity eight coxswain, Thorsten was a first team All-American in 2012 and a second team All-American in 2010.
Thorsten helped lead Virginia to the 2011 Head of the Charles championship in the women's eight and took home gold at the 2010 San Diego Crew Classic Jessop Whittier Cup.
During the summer of 2012, Thorsten coached in the Southeast Junior Development camp. During that time, she helped develop athletes and selected lineups for Club Nationals.
Thorsten graduated from the University of Virginia in May with a bachelor's degree in psychology.