• Four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year
  • 2001 CRCA National Coach of the Year

Mark Rothstein

“We want to create a positive training environment that encourages student-athletes to challenge themselves mentally and physically, to embrace a competitive spirit and to enjoy competing. Our student-athletes should learn more about themselves and others through their experiences as members of this team than in any other collegiate pursuit. If they don't, we haven't done our job.”


Coach Bio

Coaching Michigan women's rowing for 24 seasons -- five club and 19 varsity -- Rothstein is responsible for the University of Michigan women's rowing team's ascent from over-achieving club squad to one of the nation's top-notch varsity rowing programs. He led the Wolverines to the inaugural Big Ten Conference championship in 2000 and has guided U-M to five Big Ten team titles (2001, ’03, ’04, ’12) in all. The Maize and Blue was the Big Ten runner up in 2002, ’07, ’09, ’11, ’13, and ’14, and the NCAA runner-up in 2012. Rothstein is a four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, and was named CRCA National Coach of the Year in 2001. An Ann Arbor native, Rothstein holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from Michigan ('91). He earned academic honor roll citations and was inducted into Pi Sigma Pi, the physics honor society, as an undergraduate. Rothstein and his wife, Alisse Portnoy, were married in 2006 and reside in Ann Arbor. They have one daughter, Jessica.

Fun Fact

Coach Rothstein played football at Central Michigan University, but rather than pursue a second year of CMU football, Rothstein transferred to Michigan and switched his athletic preference to rowing. He competed for the U-M men's crew team, then continued his rowing career with the US Rowing development program in Philadelphia, Pa.

Career Highlights

  • Five Big Ten Championships (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2012)
  • NCAA Runner-up (2001, 2012)
  • 292 Academic All-Big Ten Selections
  • 67 All-Big Ten selections
  • 51 CRCA National Scholar-Athletes
  • 35 All-Americans
  • 9 Olympians

Assistant Coaches

Liz Tuppen

Assistant Coach

Liz Tuppen is in her third season as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan women’s rowing program, working primarily with the varsity crews. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Tuppen competed collegiately for Ohio State from 2001-04, rowing primarily in the varsity four boat and novice eight crew. She graduated from Ohio State with a Bachelor of Arts in women’s studies.

Krystina Sarff

Assistant Coach

Krystina Sarff joined the Michigan rowing program as an assistant coach in August 2014. Sarff helped lead the University of San Diego rowing team to its best season in program history in 2013-14 after coaching the novice program at the University of Florida from 2011-13. Sarff will earn her PhD in Sport Management this summer from UF. In her role with U-M, Sarff is responsible for coaching and developing the novice program, recruiting and evaluating prospective student-athletes, and coordinating with the athletic communications office. A three-time All-American at the University of Central Florida, Sarff graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies, rowing in the first varsity eight and helping the Knights earn their first appearance in the NCAA Rowing Championships.

Emily Sugiyama

Assistant Coach

Emily Sugiyama returned to Michigan as a volunteer assistant coach before the start of the 2013-14 season and was elevated to an assistant coach on Aug. 26, 2016. A rower at Michigan from 2009-12, Sugiyama was a CRCA Pocock First Team All-American her senior year as well as a Big Ten champion. She rowed in the varsity eight all four years, helping the Wolverines finish in the top 12 each season, including a second place finish in 2012.