Collegiate Championship Blog

Welcome to the 2016 USRowing Collegiate Championship Series Blog & to the May racing season! Dedicated to all things collegiate rowing, remember to check back here each week for important links, up to date information, pictures and more! 


May 30, 2016

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) have announced their selections for Coach and Crew of the Year along with the recipient of the Rusty Callow Award.

Yale University swept the awards in the heavyweight and lightweight categories as Steve Gladstone and Andy Card were named Heavyweight and Lightweight Coach of the Year while both Yale Varsity Eight Boats were selected as Heavyweight and Lightweight Crew of the Year. Cornell University’s Heavyweight Varsity Eight Boat was recognized as the 2016 Rusty Callow Award recipient.

Yale’s Craig W. Johnson ’68 Head Coach, Steve Gladstone, was selected as the 2016 Heavyweight Coach of the Year by his peers. Gladstone continues to leave his mark on a Yale program that he took over in 2010. Gladstone has guided the Bulldogs back to national prominence in his six sprint seasons with the program, as the heavyweight crew is currently ranked first in the country. Gladstone and the Bulldogs will aim to put a cherry on top of a successful season at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships next weekend in West Windsor, NJ..

It’s been an impressive year for Yale’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight. In addition to being named the EARC Heavyweight Crew of the Year they’ve taken gold at some of the nation’s most prominent races this season. The Ellis captured the school’s first heavyweight championship at the Head of the Charles, they also claimed the program’s first-ever gold at the San Diego Crew Classic and secured their second-straight top finish at the EARC Men’s Sprints. The No. 1 ranked Bulldogs now have their sights set on a strong showing at the IRA National Championships next weekend.

Y150 Alumni Head Coach of Lightweight Crew Andy Card was selected by his peers as EARC Lightweight Coach of the Year. Card led the Bulldogs to an undefeated regular season and snapped a 14-year EARC title drought as the Varsity Lightweight Eight captured gold at Men’s Sprints for the first time since 2002. 

The Bulldogs’ Varsity Lightweight Eight was also recognized as Lightweight Crew of the Year by the lightweight coaches of the EARC. The Ellis cruised to an undefeated regular season and secured a long-awaited first-place finish at Men’s Sprints. They’ve held as the top-ranked lightweight program in the country since April 21. Next up is the battle for the 1922 Trophy at the IRA National Championships on Lake Mercer next weekend. 

Cornell University’s Varsity Heavyweight Eight took home the prestigious Rusty Callow Award. The head coaches of the EARC selected the Big Red for this honor after a strong regular season showing. Cornell’s best result of the spring season came as they claimed the Madeira Cup by defeating University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College. The crew also posted victories of George Washington University and claimed fifth place at the Men’s Sprints.

The Rusty Callow Award is presented each year by the EARC to the crew that, in the previous year, best personified the virtues of “spirit, courage and unity.” Awarded annually since 1963, the winner of the award is determined by a vote of the head coaches of the EARC. Rusty Callow was a legendary rowing coach, whose career spanned the first half of the 20th century. Rusty coached for many years at Washington, the University of Pennsylvania, and Navy. Among his many accomplishments, Callow coached the 1952 Navy crew to an Olympic gold medal.

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