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 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 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.