Sports Illustrated 'Faces in the Crowd' features Bates' Steenstra

Bates rowing head coach Peter Steenstra holds up the July 26, 2018 issue of Sports Illustrated featuring himself as one of the magazine's Faces in the Crowd. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Head rowing coach Peter Steenstra became the latest Bates College sports figure to appear in Sports Illustrated's ever-popular "Faces in the Crowd" feature, in this week's issue released on July 26.

Steenstra, entering his 11th year as head coach of men's and women's rowing at Bates, was cited by SI for his leadership in guiding the women's team to the 2018 NCAA Division III championship, the team's third national crown in the past four years.

Steenstra continues adding to an impressive haul of honors. Earlier this year he repeated as the College Rowing Coaches of America's Division III Coach of the Year; he was also named NESCAC Women's Rowing Coach of the Year for the sixth time, and NESCAC Men's Rowing Coach of the Year for the fourth time.

The last Bates sports figure to be named an SI Face in the Crowd was two-time national squash champion Ahmed Abdel Khalek in 2015.

Preceding Steenstra and Abdel Khalek, past Faces in the Crowd from Bates include three-time NCAA track and field champion David Pless '13; NCAA tennis champion Will Boe-Wiegaard '06; NCAA track and field champion Liz Wanless '04; NCAA track and field champion Jaime Sawler '02; the late former volleyball coach Marsha Graef (in 1998); volleyball players Kate Hagstrom '01 and Michelle Feroah '90, and tennis player and current head tennis coach Paul Gastonguay '89. (Additionally, women's basketball player Colleen McCrave '99 appeared in Sports Illustrated for Women's Faces in the Crowd in 1999.)