Eva Kovach begins her 16th season as the head women's rowing coach at Connecticut College.
A 1993 graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Mass., Kovach captained the women's crew from 1991-93 and was named the team's most valuable oarswoman in 1992. Kovach earned her first coaching position at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. She then went on to coach the United States Coast Guard Academy and Georgetown University.
Within the athletic department Kovach also holds the positions of Associate Director of Athletics, Senior Woman Administrator and Adjunct Associate Professor of Physical Education. She teaches two classes: Sport Leadership and Contemporary Issues of Sport in Society. In addition to her involvement with national rowing events Kovach has also worked at numerous international regattas.
During the 1999 FISA World Rowing Championships she was part of the FISA Rigging Survey Team. For the past eleven summers Kovach has acted as the US Liaison to Henley Women's Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, UK where she works on the start team and the commentary team. In November 2003, Kovach attended the FISA World Coaches Conference in Athens, Greece. While in Athens Kovach had the opportunity to interview with the 2004 Athens Olympic Committee for a position at the rowing venue during the Olympic Games. She was offered the position of Field of Play Assistant to the Olympic Rowing Venue Competition Team. While working at the course Kovach was responsible for the daily operations of the course and assisting with lightweight and coxswain weigh-ins.
In May 2005, Kovach worked at the FISA World Cup Regatta at Dorney Lake, Eton, UK. She returned to the UK to work as part of the Control Commission Team for the 2006 World Rowing Championships. In 2009 she was elected into the historic Leander Club of Henley-on-Thames, UK. Also in 2009 she completed course work towards a M.S. in Sport Leadership from Northeastern University.
Kovach once again traveled to the UK to work at the 2011 Junior World Rowing Championships at Dorney Lake, which was the test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Subsequently, Kovach was appointed a member of the Control Commission Team for the 2012 Olympic Games. She worked at the race course with officials to identify crew members, weigh both athletes and boats, as well as organize the daily operations of the racing.
Additionally, while in the UK Kovach spends her free time coaching the masters men and women at Maidenhead Rowing Club.
Kovach has coached the Connecticut College Women's Rowing program to two New England Varsity Four Championships and her crews have medaled at numerous New England Championship and ECAC events, most recently in 2013 the women’s varsity four to a silver at the New England Rowing Championships and a gold at the ECAC National Invitational Regatta. The women’s second varsity four and novice four crews also medaled in their events the 2013 New England Rowing Championships.
She resides in Quaker Hill, Conn. with her partner, Kraig and her dog Bridget. In her spare time, she volunteers at Mystic Seaport Museum and spends more time on the water.