The top-ranked USC women's rowing team finished second by just a point and a half at the Pac-12 Championships
Ligita Kaviere, one of the top rowers in the history of the USC program, is in her fourth season as an assistant coach for the Women of Troy in 2012-13.
In her first year as a full-time assistant coach in 2010, Kaviere helped lead USC to one of its best seasons in school history. The Trojans, which sent all three boats to the NCAA Championships for the fourth time and for the second year in a row, qualified two boats in the NCAA Grand Finals for the first time. USC's Varsity Eight took sixth while the Varsity Four was fourth.
Kaviere served as a student assistant coach during the 2009 season, helping Troy qualify all three boats to the NCAA Championships, earning its third team bid in program history.
Kaviere was an integral part of the 2007 squad that won the Pac-10 Championship and rowed from the six seat in the varsity eight boat which finished third in the NCAA Championships. Kaviere was also a member of the varsity eight squad that won the coveted Jessop-Whittier Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic in 2007 for only the second time in USC history.
Kaviere amassed many prestigious awards during her career, including being named a Pocock All-American in 2006 and 2007. She was also named CRCA All-West Region First Team and Pac-10 All-Conference in 2006 and 2007.
Kaviere rowed for the Latvian Olympic Union for three years in double scull.
She was a seven-year member of the SASS Rowing Club while in high school. SASS Rowing Club has won the quad race every year since 2000 at the Latvian National Championships and Kaviere has been a member of that boat every year. Kaviere was also a two-time Latvian Junior Champion and a five-time Latvian Champion. She won gold at the 2002 Junior Worlds, bronze at the 2003 U23 Worlds and was fourth in the 2004 U23 Worlds. In 2006 she placed seventh in doubles and 11th in singles at the U23 Championships.
Born in Cesis, Latvia, Kaviere was a 2004 graduate of the Murjanu Sports Gymnasium Jurmala Branch in Jurmala, Latvia. She enjoys rock music, dancing, beach volleyball, watching ice hockey and cooking in her spare time.