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Coug of the Year First Round: #8 Jane LaRiviere vs. #9 Matt Potter

The semi-madness continues, with our 8/9 matchup between two people you may not have even heard of.

But that doesn't mean you shouldn't know who they are (Yes, that's a double negative - deal with it). I also lined up this matchup somewhat on purpose, because I really feel one of these two Cougar coaches deserve to make it to the second round.

#8 Jane LaRiviere


Led the Cougar varsity rowing team to eighth in the nation this year. This coming two years after leading WSU to a fourth place finish at nationals, the highest final national standing for any women's team in Cougar history.

Also led the Cougars to a victory over Washington in Seattle this year, which is hilarious for the following reason:

Distance from row-able water:
Washington State University - 30 miles
University of Washington - 0 miles

#9 Matt Potter


Led the WSU women's soccer team to the NCAA tournament for the first time in six seasons. The team finished 10-6-5, drew with #21 Washington, beat #13 California and drew with #5 USC. The Cougs lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Texas.

EDIT (4:45 p.m.): Added qualification: has British accent.