Lou, who also teaches English, was previously an assistant coach of women’s rowing for the University of California, Berkeley, where she helped lead the team to NCAA National Championships in 2016 and 2018. In 2018, she was a member of the NCAA coaching staff of the year. Lou began rowing in high school and went on to graduate from Cal. As a student rower, she helped Cal win an NCAA Championship and three Pac-10 Championships. She rowed three years in the varsity 8, earned All-American honors, and was a two-year captain.