Eva Kovach is in her 20th season as the head women’s rowing coach at Connecticut College in 2019-20. She also serves as the department’s Senior Woman Administrator, an Associate Director of Athletics, and an Adjunct Professor of Physical Education.
On the sidelines, Kovach has coached the Connecticut College women’s rowing program to three New England varsity four championships and has seen her crews medal at numerous New England and ECAC Championship events. The women’s varsity four most recently won gold at the 2016 New England Rowing Championships. In 2018, the women’s third varsity four won the New England Rowing Championships.
Aside from her responsibilities at Connecticut College, Kovach has experience working in various roles at national rowing events and international regattas. This includes the FISA World Rowing Championships as well as the Olympic Games.
Kovach was a member of the FISA Rigging Survey Team during the 1999 FISA World Rowing Championships. She has also acted as the United States liaison to Henley Women's Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England and has worked on the start and commentary teams for more than 15 years.
In November 2003, Kovach attended the FISA World Coaches Conference in Athens, Greece. During this time, she accepted a position from the 2004 Athens Olympic Committee to be the field of play assistant for the Olympic Rowing Venue Competition Team. In this role, she was responsible for the daily course operations and assisting with lightweight and coxswain weigh-ins.
During May 2005, Kovach worked at the FISA World Cup Regatta at Dorney Lake in England and returned to the country a year later 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 and completed coursework towards a master’s in Sport Leadership from Northeastern University.
Kovach once again traveled to the UK to assist with the 2011 Junior World Rowing Championships at Dorney Lake, which was the test event for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Subsequently, she was appointed to be a member of the Control Commission Team for the 2012 Olympic Games. Kovach worked at the race course with officials to identify crew members, weigh both athletes and boats, and played a role in organizing daily racing operations. Furthermore, she spent her free time in England coaching the masters men and women at the Maidenhead Rowing Club.
A 1993 graduate of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, Kovach captained the women’s crew program and was named the team’s most valuable oarsman. She has also held coaching positions at Union College, the United States Coast Guard Academy and Georgetown University.
Kovach currently resides in Quaker Hill, Connecticut with her partner, Kraig, and dog, Bridget. In her spare time, she enjoys being on the water and volunteering at the Mystic Seaport Museum.