Jess LaFrank began coaching in the fall of 2011 after graduating from Mills College. At Mills, Jess was a a four-year coxswain and an asset in maintaining cohesion within the team, as three different head coaches led the rowing program. Senior varsity coxswain for three of her four years, she was awarded the peer-elected Cyclone Award in 2008, 2010, and 2011 for exemplary effort, attitude, and actions in support of the team; she also received the Coaches Award in 2008.
With a double major in poetry and psychology, Jess earned the Scholar-Athlete award each of her four years at Mills while enrolled full time, living off campus, and working various jobs to help pay for tuition and expenses. Before Mills, Jess did not participate in athletics; it was at Mills she found a love for sport, competition, and teamwork. As an alum, she enjoys working with students at Mills discover the ample opportunities there are to participate in athletics, and raising the competitive standard of Mills athletics has been, in a word, rewarding.