Katie Williams, Connecticut College

Katie Williams, third from left The coxswain plays an integral role in the success and cohesion of any boat. At Connecticut College, Katie Williams was an inspirational leader as a cox for the Camel program that consistently secured the highest score in fours regattas at the New England Rowing Championship.

A Dean’s List student, Williams received national recognition in the spring of her senior season when she was honored as an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar. Williams was active in the community, volunteering for the Big Brother/Big Sister Program in New London and also assisted with Project KBA, (Kids, Books, and Athletics program), a program that promotes literacy and fitness in the New London schools.

Connecticut College head women’s rowing coach, senior woman administrator, and associate athletic director Eva Kovach was awed with Williams’ selfless attitude and tireless commitment to the program on and off the water. “In the sport of rowing, coxswains rarely receive the recognition that they deserve,” Kovach said. “Katie made a positive impact on our program over the four years of her participation with us. She was an absolute joy to work with. It was an incredible experience to witness her growth in the sport.”