Former Columbia standout Sam Warren '13CC returned to alma mater in June 2016 to serve as assistant coach.
“It is with great pride that I welcome back Sam to Columbia,” said Ramsey. “As a student-athlete she broke down barriers of what was perceived to be possible for our program. Through exemplary dedication and personal example, she effectively led and inspired her teammates to expect more of themselves and more from each other every day. I know she is ready to embrace the same challenges in her new role as an assistant coach. Her character, work ethic, knowledge of the sport, and passion for Columbia rowing will make her an outstanding recruiter, teacher, and mentor for future and current Lions alike.”
Warren was a two-time captain of the squad and helped the Lions to a No. 15 team ranking during the 2012-13 season. That season the varsity eight posted wins over Yale and Brown at the Connell Cup and Dunn Bowl, both of which were firsts in program history.
Over her junior and senior years, she earned CRCA first team All-America honors, second team All-America honors, and two first team all-region selections. During her illustrious career, Warren was the recipient of both Columbia’s Ed Hewitt Award for leadership and the Women’s Crew Award, named to the team’s most outstanding rower.
In international competition, she represented the United States on the 2009 Junior National Team in the Women’s Quad, as well as the 2012 and 2013 Under 23 National Teams in the Women’s Quad and Women’s Four, respectively.
Since graduating, Warren trained at the Olympic Training Center in Princeton, New Jersey, from the fall of 2013-2015. She also served as the novice coach at The Hun School of Princeton during the spring of 2014. While there, she assisted both the men and women’s programs and was responsible for creating and analyzing the team’s fitness programs along with monitoring student-athlete development.