Rower named Trojan Outreach Athlete of the Month for personal drive both in the water and the community.
USC women's rowing head coach Zenon Babraj was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year for the second time in his career
The top-ranked USC women's rowing team finished second by just a point and a half at the Pac-12 Championships
One of the top rowers in the history of the USC program, Ligita Kaviere is in her eighth season (2016-17) as an assistant coach for the Women of Troy.
In just 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 sent all three boats to the NCAA championships for the fourth time and for the second year in a row. It was the first time that USC put two boats in NCAA grand finals for the first time. There, the varsity eight took sixth and the varsity four was fourth. She later helped guide the Women of Troy to a program-best fourth-place NCAA finish in 2013.
Kaviere served as a student assistant coach during the 2009 season and helped Troy qualify all three boats to the NCAA championships; USC’s third team bid in program history.
In 2007, Kaviere was an integral piece to a USC crew that won the school’s first-ever Pac-10 varsity eight and team championships. She rowed from the sixth seat in the varsity eight, which finished third at the NCAA championships. Kaviere was also a member of the varsity eight that won the coveted Jessop-Whittier Cup at the 2007 San Diego Crew Classic; the second in USC history.
Kaviere amassed many prestigious awards during her career, including being named a CRCA/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.
Prior to arriving at USC, Kaviere rowed the double-scull event for the Latvian Olympic Union for three years.
She was a seven-year member of the SASS Rowing Club while in high school. SASS Rowing Club won the quad race every year since 2000 with Kaviere on the crew at the Latvian National Championships. 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 resides in Long Beach, Calif., and enjoys rock music, dancing, beach volleyball, paddle boarding, watching ice hockey, and cooking in her spare time.