KariAnne is the Wayland-Weston Crew girls novice coach. She has a long history of coaching and rowing. She started rowing at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1993 and continually rowed as a Masters at Community Rowing, Inc. 2007 – 2011. She has competed in Masters Nationals earning an assortment of medals in Club 8+/ Open 8+, Bronze 2-; additionally she placed 4th in HOCR Club 8+, 2010, and 1st in both the Independence Day Regatta, Club 8+ (09) and in the Lowell Textile Regatta, Women’s Masters 1x (11).
Since 2006 Coach Kulig has held a variety of coaching positions including Youth and Adult Recreational Coach (06-09) and Adaptive Head Coach (09 –12). Other positions include Military/Veterans Head Coach (11-12) Brandeis University Crew, Novice and Varsity Assistant(07-08), BC High School, Boys Novice Assistant (13)
What is your favorite crew memory?
My favorite memory was rowing in the Club 8+ in the 2010 HOCR. Our coach had been favoring the Light 4+ and we felt like the underdogs. The boat was strong though, and we hoped to finish in the top 10. We had the best race of the season, and our coxswain steered a terrific course. Upon landing at the dock, we learned we came in 4th, which earned us a medal. One of my best friends was in the boat, and we have a fantastic picture of us jumping into a hug on the dock. I’m proud of the boat’s tenacity and good humor, and the memory of that race reminds me of why I row.
In college, I was open to and interested in new opportunities. A neck injury left me unable to participate in contact sports, for fear of damage to my spinal cord, so I was looking to stay active and participate on a team. During freshman orientation, I met some members of the crew team, and was encouraged to try out. I was instantly hooked! I was also considering joining a sorority, but the late nights conflicted with early morning practice. To this day, I am confident I made the correct decision.
What has crew done for you?
Crew has taught me tenacity, resilience, and that I can do anything if I set my mind to it. It has taught me about teamwork, and letting go of the ego. Most of all, it has taught me how to work hard, and enjoy the rewards of that work, regardless if I win or lose.
I coach because I love sharing this sport with others. I believe I am a better person because of my experience with crew, and I enjoy being out on the water. It’s the best office ever!
Favorite written quote?
““Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
-Kenneth Grahame, The Wind In The Willows
6. Favorite spoken quote?
“Business in the stern, party in the bow”.