UNC women‘s rowing coach Sarah Haney has resigned, university officials say

Chapel Hill, N.C. — The head coach for the women’s rowing program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has stepped down from her position, effective immediately, the university‘s athletics director said Monday in a written statement.

Sarah Haney, a 1998 Carolina graduate, had been head coach over the program since 2002, and she had been praised for raising the rowing program‘s visibility on campus and beyond.

“Sarah has played a key role in our rowing program since its inception, and I appreciate her hard work and commitment to Carolina as both a student-athlete and coach,” said Bubba Cunningham, the school‘s athletics director. Cunningham said. “She always will be a member of our Tar Heel family, and I wish her the very best in her future endeavors.”

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University officials said two assistant coaches, Emilie Gross and Thomas Revelle, would both serve as interim head coach until a permanent hire is made.

University officials declined to say why Haney was leaving the role.

“It has been an honor to be a part of Carolina and our rowing program, and I have loved every opportunity that has been presented to me here,’’ Haney said in the statement. “Stepping down as head coach has been a difficult decision, but I want to prioritize more ‘mom’ time with my two young kids, and this is the best way to do it.”

The women‘s rowing team finished last in the ACC 12 times during Haney‘s nearly two decades as head coach, according to the Daily Tar Heel.

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