Hall of Fame

CRCA announces the inception of the Women’s Collegiate Rowing Coaches Hall of Fame.

Mission: To provide a forum to honor coaches who have achieved competitive excellence over their careers and individuals who have had a major impact on Collegiate Women’s Rowing.

Nominations: Candidates may be nominated by any CRCA member, limited to one candidate per institution annually. Nominations are due February 15, and must be on the CRCA Hall of Fame Nomination Form.

Selection: Selection is made by the CRCA Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Selections are scheduled to be announced March 15.

Induction Ceremony will be held annually at the NCAA Championship.

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

Jim Dietz

Entering his 22nd year at the helm of the University of Massachusetts women’s crew team during 2015-16, Jim Dietz has molded the Minutewomen program into one of the nation’s finest and a powerhouse across all New England region schools.

The only crew coach in UMass history, the Minutewomen have dominated regular-season racing and captured 15 Atlantic 10 Championships under Dietz’s direction. His squads have produced 65 Atlantic 10 gold medals in 12 separate league championship events, including 12 in 21 starts by his Varsity 8+ t boats. For his efforts, Dietz has been honored as Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year on nine occasions, including the 2014 and 2015 campaigns.

Dietz’s tutelage produced the 15th Atlantic 10 Championship in program history during the Spring 2015 campaign. Faced with the daunting task of defending the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship and Dad Vail Regatta Women’s Title, Dietz guided his squad to yet another standout campaign in 2015 as he earned Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and four members of the team picked up all-league honors.

Dietz and the Minutewomen responded to treacherous winter weather throughout February and March with first place in the Varsity 8+ and Second Varsity 8+ at the Atlantic 10 Championship for the league title and an automatic invitation back to the NCAA Championships. The A-10 Championship success continued into the Dad Vail Regatta two weeks later as UMass swept the Varsity 8+, Second Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ grand finales en route to its second consecutive Dad Vail Regatta Women’s Title.

Massachusetts earned its 14th Atlantic 10 Championship under Dietz’s tutelage when the Minutewomen took the top spot at the 2014 edition of the event. The Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ boats earned gold medals for UMass, which outscored Rhode Island, 52-50 to take the top spot and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. Dietz again took home his the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Award following the event while four Minutewomen collected all-conference honors.

Dietz led the Minutewomen to their 13th conference title in 2009, after finishing second in 2008 to Rhode Island. Massachusetts defeated the defending champions by 24 points in the championships, 141-117. UMass took five gold medals during the event, highlighted by a first place finish in the Second Varsity Eight. In addition to the team championship, three Minutewomen were named Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference.

Recognized internationally for his coaching ability, Dietz was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame in March of 2010, and was also elected as the Vice Chair to the Board of Directors of USRowing in February of 2010. He guided UMass to a fourth-place team finish at the 1998 NCAA Championship in Gainesville, Ga., and his varsity eights earned silver medals at the 1997 and 1998 NCAA meets. Six of his student-athletes have earned a total of seven Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-America citations.

Dietz’s success does not end on the water, as his program has produced a league-leading 39 Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference performers, 23 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar Athletes who have earned a total of 33 citations and four U.S. Rowing Association Academic All-America laurels. In addition, his teams annually lead UMass’ Atlantic 10 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selections.

Before coming to Amherst to start the UMass program from scratch, Dietz spent nine years as the head coach of the Coast Guard Academy crew program (1985-1994). Though his primary responsibilities were with the men’s heavyweight eight, he was also in charge of the overall program, which included four assistant coaches and more than 90 student-athletes.

Dietz’s crew experience began in 1964, when he competed for the New York Athletic Club in all classes of rowing and sculling events. As a high school student, he won all United States and Canadian Scholastic championships in single and double sculls from 1964-67 and won the first Junior World Championship in single sculls at Ratzeburg, Germany, in 1967.

Throughout his competitive years, Dietz won 45 United States and 37 Canadian national championship titles. He was a member of almost every U.S. National Team from 1967-1983, including U.S. Olympic entries in 1972, 1976 and 1980. In addition, Dietz captured medals at the Pan American Games in 1967, 1975, 1979 and 1983 while he was also a member of seven World Championship teams.

A 1972 graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor of science degree in marketing, Dietz is an inductee into the Northeastern University Hall of Fame as well as the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) Hall of Fame. A Veteran Award winner of the NYAC and a Power Ten Award winner of Manhattan, Dietz also earned the prestigious Athlete of the Quarter Century honor for his past performances at the Head of the Charles Regatta.

Since 1976, Dietz has been involved with the United States Olympic Committee and in 1988 and 1992 he served as the U.S. Olympic Quad Coach in Seoul, South Korea, and Barcelona, Spain, respectively.

In 1987, Dietz founded the Thames River Sculls, a non-profit sculling center. Over the years, members of this program have won numerous titles at the U.S. Scholastic Championship and U.S.R.A. Elite Nationals. Several members have gone on to race for the United States on World and Olympic teams. The Thames River/Pre-Elite women’s crews have participated in the Nation’s Cup Regatta (under 23 World Championships) winning the 1996 meet in Belgium.

Dietz coached the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team in Sydney, Australia, taking the bronze medal in the women’s lightweight double. In 1999, he led the U.S. National Team, taking medals at the Pan American Games and the World Rowing Championships. In 2003, his women’s lightweight double finished fourth at the World Championship in Milan, Italy.

Dietz, and his wife Pamela, who have two children, James II and Michael, reside in Amherst.

Carie Graves

In July of 1998, The University of Texas continued its trend of bringing the foremost coaching experts in intercollegiate athletics to the Forty Acres when Carie Graves, a three-time U.S. Olympic rower and Olympic gold medalist in 1984, was hired as Texas women’s rowing head coach.

In just 15 seasons, Graves has built UT’s rowing program from the ground up. Texas has quickly established itself as a national contender, as it has finished four of the last nine seasons nationally ranked in the US Rowing/CRCA Coaches Poll.

Graves, who retired before the start of the 2015 season as the Longhorns’ rowing coach, led Texas to the inaugural Big 12 Rowing Championship in 2009 and repeated the feat in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Longhorns also won the 2011 Conference USA Rowing Championship to sweep both conference crowns. Texas’ first official title came on the heels of winning seven straight Big 12 Invitational titles.

Graves led the Horns to a runner-up finish at the 2013 Big 12 Championship and a third-place showing at the 2013 Conference USA Championship.  Audrey Springer-Wilson earned a selection to the CRCA All-South Region Team.  Led by first-team selections Jessica Smith and Katie Trovato, Texas earned five spots on the All-Big 12 Conference teams.  The Texas rowers also excelled in the classroom and led the league with 25 selections to the Academic All-Big 12 Team.  Notably, Chelsea Burns and Rachel Donnelly received the Dr. Gerald Lage Award, the Big 12 Conference’s most prestigious academic honor.

Graves was selected by her peers as the 2012 Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Longhorns to the 2012 Big 12 crown.  Laurel McCaig flourished under Graves’ tutelage and was selected as the league’s Co-Rower of the Year.  McCaig joined Felicia Izaguirre-Werneron the CRCA All-South Region Team.

During 2010-11 the Longhorns posted their best season since 2004 as Graves earned CRCA All-South Region Coach of the Year and Conference USA Coach of the Year lauds. In the fall, Texas recorded three top-five finishes at the Head of the Oklahoma and won five races at the Head of the Colorado. During the spring season the Horns tallied 19 victories at the 2011 Longhorn Invitational and went on to knock off Kansas in a head-to-head battle before claiming wins over UCLA and Clemson at the Virginia Invitational. Texas swept all of its races at the Big 12 Championship and repeated the feat at the Conference USA Championship to complete the title sweep.

Graves coached Jennifer VanderMaarel to Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) All-America Second Team honors in 2011 to mark the third all-america honor in program history. She guided VanderMaarel to CRCCA All-South Region First Team accolades in 2009, 2010 and 2011, while Laurel McCaig and Jacqueline Gorcyca landed region honors in 2011. She has coached a student-athlete to CRCA honors in nine of the last 11 years.

In 2009-10, the Longhorns notched two wins at the Boot of the Oklahoma and followed with three victories at the Head of the Colorado. Texas then kicked off the spring with a 1-2-3 finish at the Fighting Nutria and a sweep of its four races at the Heart of Texas. The Horns registered 21 victories in the four-session Longhorn Invitational and then five wins in its dual regatta with Kansas. UT won the Big 12 title by a hefty 11-point margin and went on to finish in 12th place overall and fifth place in the south region at the South/Central Regional.

In 2008-2009, Texas posted six victories at the Head of the Colorado, a 1-2 finish at the Fighting Nutria, five wins at the Heart of Texas regatta, four wins over Kansas and a pair of 1V8 victories over Duke and Central Florida at the Longhorn Invitational. The Horns posted a 13th-place overall finish and placed sixth in the south region at the 2009 South/Central Regional.

In addition to winning the Big 12 Invitational title in 2007-08, the Longhorns first varsity eight also posted a clean sweep at the Longhorn Invitational, including victories over No. 19 Wisconsin and Central Florida. Texas added two more victories over SMU?and Kansas, stringing together six straight dual-race victories.

Under her direction, the UT varsity eight boat made NCAA?Championship showings in 2003 and 2004. In 2006-2007, Graves guided Texas Rowing to a 14th-place finish in the overall standings and a seventh-place finish in the South Region at the South/Central?Regional. Texas added its sixth Big 12 Invitational title in 2007 and shined at the 2007 Longhorn Invitational by posting 18 wins in 24 races at the three-day event.

Graves’ squad was 15th overall and seventh among all South Region teams at the 2006 NCAA South/Central Regional event. The Longhorns’ first varsity boat claimed first-place in the B finals, giving UT its lone victory at the NCAA’s. Earlier in the racing season, Texas kept its string of consecutive Big 12 Invitational wins alive, earning its fifth straight victory.

In 2003-04, Graves led Texas to its second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championships. UT’s first varsity eight boat qualified after a sixth-place finish in the Varsity 8+ Grand Finals at the South/Central Regional Sprints. For the second time in as many years, the Longhorns earned their highest-ever final ranking by the USRowing/ CRCA Varsity Eights Coaches poll, finishing the season ranked No. 13. Ruth Stiver and Julie Keedy closed their collegiate careers earning 2004 CRCA All-America honors, becoming the first Longhorns in history to receive such recognition from the CRCA. Stiver earned first-team accolades, while Keedy received second-team laurels.

In 2002-03, Graves led Texas to the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history. The Longhorns collected their third-straight All-Points Trophy by winning the unofficial Big 12 Conference Invitational on the Kansas River in Lawrence. Texas boats posted an impressive 39 first-place finishes during the 2002-03 campaign, the second most in school history. The Longhorns celebrated their storybook season with a trip to Britain to compete in the Henley Women’s Regatta for the first time in the program’s history.

During the 2001-02 season, Graves guided the Longhorns to a record 43 first-place finishes, a mark that still stands as the team’s single-season best victory total. She guided UT to its second-straight All-Points Trophy as the Horns won the Big 12 Invitational on its home course in Austin. Texas’ first varsity eight squad finished its campaign ranked No. 17 in the USRowing/CRCA Poll, as the Longhorns narrowly missed their first trip to the NCAA Championships.

Graves led the Longhorns to their first ever Top 20 ranking during the 2000-01 season, when they opened their spring campaign ranked No. 18 by US Rowing/CRCA. Texas finished the year with 32 first-place finishes and also captured its first Big 12 title. The team went on to finish the year ranked No. 20 in the final coaches poll.

Recognized nationally as one of the foremost rowing coaches and clinicians in the nation, Graves spent 10 years as head coach of women’s rowing at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., (1988-98) before arriving in Austin. Before coaching at Northeastern, Graves was head women’s crew (rowing) coach at Harvard/Radcliffe from 1977-83.

While at Northeastern, Graves developed one of the top rowing programs in the nation, orchestrating NU’s move from club status to varsity status in 1990. The Northeastern varsity eight was one of the top 16 crews to be invited to the first-ever NCAA Championships in 1997, where NU placed 12th. In 1998, Graves led her varsity eight to its second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance and a fourth-place finish. For her outstanding coaching efforts at Northeastern, Graves was recognized as 1997-98 Coach of the Year by the Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges (EAWRC), an organization representing the collegiate rowing programs in the East Coast and Northeast sector of the country.

Prior to NCAA championship competition, Graves’ NU squads consistently finished among the top eight varsity crews at the Eastern Sprints, which was then recognized as the strongest rowing league championships in the country.

Graves’ extensive rowing experience includes 11 years as an international competitor and selections to three U.S. Olympic rowing teams (in 1976, the boycotted 1980 year, and 1984). During her 11-year competitive rowing tenure, Graves rowed on five U.S. National Teams (1975, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1983) and on the three Olympic teams, competing in the women’s eight event. Her gold medal came at the 1984 Olympics. She also captured a bronze medal in that event during the 1976 Olympic Games. The U.S. Olympic Committee honored her as Rowing’s Female Athlete of the Year in both 1981 and 1984.

Graves is a two-time inductee into the National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame. In 1984, she was selected to the Hall as a member of the 1984 Olympic gold medalist crew. Graves was honored by the Hall of Fame in 1991, when she was inducted as a member of the 1980 Olympic Team.

In August of 1998, Graves was a rowing participant at the 1998 Nike World Masters Games in Portland Ore., where 25,000 athletes in 25 sports from 71 different countries competed. She helped generate national publicity for her sport as she competed with three of her sisters at the international meet. The Graves siblings, their training regimen and their Nike Master Games racing were featured on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” television show and in USA Today.

Graves has also received recognition from her alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, when she was listed No. 16 on its “Top 100 Athletes of the Century” list. Graves also was one of 11 selected as the “Century’s Most Notable People” in American Rowing by the 2000-01 American Rower’s Almanac.

Graves attended the University of Wisconsin (Madison) as an undergraduate, studying English from 1973-76. She then completed her master’s degree at Harvard University in 1985, receiving a Master’s of Education in administration, planning and social policy. Graves was the first inductee into UW’s Women’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.

Bob Ernst

There are few coaches in collegiate athletics whose accomplishments mirror those of Bob Ernst’s. Now in his 41st year at Washington, the long-time crew coach has served as the face of the Husky crew program for decades. Ernst most recently led the Huskies to a fourth-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships, their first NCAA trophy since Washington’s second-place finish in 2008.

Along the way, Ernst has guided teams to eight National Championships, one Olympic gold medal and numerous wins both domestically and abroad. Ernst has also developed & guided hundreds of rowers to the elite levels of their sport. His Husky teams have competed around the globe, racing in exotic locales such as Egypt, New Zealand, Russia and England.

Ernst arrived in Seattle in the fall of 1974 after a short coaching stint as his alma mater – UC Irvine. The UCI crew had nearly upset the heavily favored Huskies the year before, and current men’s coach Dick Erickson wasted little time offering Ernst a job as the UW freshmen coach. It was a position Ernst maintained until the spring of 1980, when he took over as the women’s head coach. From this point Ernst cemented his legacy as one of the best coaches in the sport of rowing. His women’s teams won six National Championships, the last in 1987 when the Huskies swept the varsity eight, junior varsity eight and varsity four races.

Meanwhile, Ernst was also building his international resume. His tenure with the national team began in 1976 and lasted until 1988, and including coaching stints on four Olympic teams. His sterling moment came in 1984, when Ernst directed the USA women’s eight-oared boat to a gold medal the Los Angeles Olympics. His Olympic accolades, though, extend beyond the water. In 1996, Ernst worked with NBC providing TV color commentary for the rowing events at the Atlanta Games and he served as the course announcer at the rowing venue for the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia.

Following the 1987 season, Ernst took over the Husky men’s program from legendary coach Dick Erickson. His resume lists two National Championships (1997 & 2007), along with numerous Pac-10 championships, San Diego Crew Classic championships and dominant performances in the Windermere Cup. In 1997, Ernst led the Huskies to a sweep of the International Rowing Association championships, winning the V8, 2V8 and freshmen eight races. It was the first time since 1950 that the Huskies had garnered such a collection of medals.

In 20 years as the Husky men’s coach, Ernst won Pac-10 Coach of the Year honors 11 times. He was also a finalist for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Sports Star of the year award in 1982. Ernst stepped down from the men’s program following his win at the 2007 IRAs, handing the program over to his protégé, Michael Callahan. Ernst reassumed direction of the women’s program, a move that paid immediate dividends with a win at San Diego and later a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships.

As a coach at Washington, Ernst has helped further the program’s legacy. His connections in the rowing world have allowed the Huskies to compete against the best at their annual Windermere Cup, held each spring on the Montlake Cut. A big part of the culture Ernst has established at UW has focused on development. His rowers leave Conibear Shellhouse having exceeded their potential, both on the water and in the classroom. A focus on small-boat training in the preseason sharpens technique and hones speed, similar to what national programs focus on during selection. Of course, it always helps that a temperate Seattle climate makes rowing year-round possible.

Ernst graduated from UC Irvine in 1967 and later earned a master’s degree in sports administration from the University of Washington in 1979. He was inducted into Irvine’s athletic hall of fame in 1984 and the national rowing Hall of Fame in 1994. A 1963 graduate of Costa Mesa (Calif.) High School, Ernst attended Orange Coast College for two years, where he played center on the 1963 national championship junior college football team and competed in swimming and water polo. He transferred to UC Irvine and continued his swimming and water polo career. Ernst was also a member of Irvine’s rowing program in 1966 and 1967 and was team captain as a senior. Ernst resides in Edmonds, Wash. with his wife and his two children.

2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Anita Lucette DeFrantzWhile a young girl, DeFrantz began her athletic career as a member of a swim team. At Connecticut College, she tried out for basketball and made the team, even though she did not know how to play the game. It wasn’t until her sophomore year that she discovered rowing and knew she had found her sport. Four years later, after she had begun her study of law at Penn, she competed at the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a member of the U.S. women’s eight-oared shell winning the Bronze medal.

Anita DeFrantz was convinced, however, that she could do better and was determined to try for the gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. She won a silver medal at the 1978 World Championships and was a United States National Champion six times. When Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan led the United States to boycott the 1980 Olympics, DeFrantz was extremely disappointed and filed a lawsuit based upon her conviction that it was the athlete’s choice to compete and no one could force an athlete to go or not go to the Olympics. She lost the lawsuit but she received a medal for her efforts from the IOC (International Olympic Committee).

Immediately after law school, DeFrantz worked as an attorney in a juvenile law center. But, even after she ceased to compete as an Olympic rower, the Olympics became the center of her professional life. She has worked to shape the Olympic experience so that it promotes pure and clean sports; she has done this, not as an outside critic, but as a part of Olympic organizations at the national and international level.

De Frantz has been a part of the Olympics as both a volunteer member of boards and committees and also as a paid staff person. A member of the USOC since 1976, she was hired in 1984 by the USOC to serve as vice president of the Los Angeles Games committee; she has directed Olympic Village housing projects for the 1984, 1988 and 1996 games. She was also chosen to serve as president and a member of the board of directors of the Amateur Athletic Foundation in Los Angeles. This foundation was formed to manage the $94 million surplus that was Southern California’s share from the Los Angeles Olympic Games; it awards grants to youth sports organizations and manages a sports resource center that includes an extensive sports library.

In 1986 DeFrantz became the first woman and the first African American to represent the United States on the International Olympic Committee. Eleven years later, in 1997, she was elected to serve a four-year term as the IOC’s first female vice president. As she continues on the IOC board, her activities include serving as chair of the Commission on Women and Sports.

John Murphy

As he enters his 30th season as the head coach of the Brown women’s crew, John Murphy is considered the premier coach in the nation. Along with his wife, associate head coach Phoebe Murphy, he has won seven NCAA championships in the 16 seasons since the competition began, and has never finished lower than fifth in the country. After winning the program’s first championship in 1999, Murphy and the Bears went on to win again in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011 an astonishing run of seven titles in 13 years. Murphy is also a six-time winner of the EAWRC Coach of the Year award, taking home the honor in 1988, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2008.

In 2011, the Bears showed a true team effort, coming from behind to end in virtual tie with Stanford in the final event. Thanks to Brown’s higher finish in the varsity eight race (less than a second difference) the Bears were awarded their seventh national championship crown while under the tutelage of the Murphy’s.

Murphy was recognized by US Rowing with the Fan’s Choice Award for the National Collegiate Coach of the Year 2011, presented at the inaugural Golden Oars Awards Dinner at the New York Athletic Club.

In 2008 the Bears easily won the team title with an impressive eight-point margin over second place Washington. The second varsity eight led the way for Bruno, winning a gold medal with a time of 6:42, more than two seconds ahead of the next boat. The varsity eight and varsity four each took the bronze, illustrating Brown’s depth and team approach. The combination was enough to give the Bears 67 points, well ahead of the rest of the field.

At the 2007 NCAA Division I Rowing Championships in Oak Ridge, TN, all three of Bruno’s crews made it into the Grand Finals and captured its fifth NCAA Championship in 10 years. After the season, Murphy guided the crew to a semifinal appearance at the Henley Royal Regatta in London, England. To top off the successful 2007 season, Murphy also had one student athlete named to the First Team of the District I ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team.

In 2004, the second varsity eight went undefeated as Brown captured first place in both the varsity and second varsity eight races at the national championships in Sacramento, CA. Brown finished its 2002 season undefeated in the regular season and ended with a record of 10-1, earning its third national title. In 2001 the Bears finished third in the NCAA Championships at Lake Lanier in Gainesville, GA. The team compiled an 11-1 overall record and captured its fourth straight Eastern Championship on Cooper River in Camden, New Jersey.

In 2000, Murphy was named the Division I Rowing Coach of the Year by the CRCA (College Rowing Coaches Association) after his crew captured its second consecutive NCAA Division I Rowing Championship with victories in the varsity and second varsity races at Cooper River. In addition to a second consecutive NCAA title, the Bears’ won the 2000 Eastern Sprints title and an Ivy League championship. In 1999, Murphy led his crew to the first NCAA Division I Championship in Brown University history after defeating the University of Virginia by a three-second margin at the NCAA Championship at Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, California. The Bears’ also captured the Eastern Sprints Championships and the Ivy Championship while setting a new course record.

Murphy coached the ’98 women’s crew team in the prestigious Henley Regatta in London, England. In 1997, he guided the crew to a third place finish at the inaugural NCAA women’s rowing championship on Lake Natoma in Rancho Cordova, California. That year, his varsity four won the first gold medals ever awarded at the NCAA championship. After finishing the 1996 season undefeated, Coach Murphy’s crew became the first women’s crew to capture the “Triple Crown” of collegiate racing – the Eastern Sprints, the IRAs, and the National Collegiate Rowing Championship. Murphy coached his crew to back-to-back IRA Championships in 1993 and 1994.
He also tallied an EAWRC team Championship in 1990, capturing the Charles G. Willing trophy after winning gold medals in the first varsity and the second varsity. Coach Murphy was recognized in ’88 being named the EAWRC coach of the year after his varsity eight captured the Women’s Eastern Sprints Championship for the first time in Brown history. Murphy began his coaching career in 1976 at Cal-Berkeley where he was responsible for the men’s novice crew. He continued to coach the men’s novice crew in 1977 and 1978.

In 1979-80, Murphy coached the women’s novice crew at the University of Washington with the first novice eight going undefeated in the Pac-10 and claiming the West Coast Championship. Murphy returned to Cal-Berkeley as the novice women’s coach in 1980, winning the Pac-10 West Coast Championship in 1981. His 1982 and 1983 crews were both silver medal winners and his 1984 crew were undefeated National Champions.

Murphy attended Kent School and Columbia University. At Kent, he captained the National Schoolboy Championship crew and rowed in the Royal Henley Regatta in his junior and senior years. He and his wife, Phoebe, have three children, Jack, Penelope and the late Patrick D. Murphy, and reside in Barrington, Rhode Island.

Murphy’s Career Awards

EAWRC Coach of the Year: 1988, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, & 2008
CRCA National Coach of the Year: 2000, 2004, & 2008
CRCA Regional Coach of the Year: 2000, 2002, & 2008
Words Unlimited Coach of the Year: 1999
Words Unlimited Co-Coach of the Year (with wife, Phoebe): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
US Rowing Ernestine Bayer Award for significant contributions to women’s rowing: 2007
Duffy Dwyer Memorial Award: 2004
Words Unlimited Team of the Year: 2004
Outstanding Athletic Achievement in Intercollegiate Athletics Award: 2002 & 2004
US Rowing Golden Oars National Collegiate Coach of the Year: 2011

Phoebe Murphy

Entering her 25th season with the Brown program, Phoebe Murphy, wife of Head Coach John Murphy, has helped lead the Bears to unprecedented success. Under the Murphy’s leadership, Brown has become the winningest program in NCAA Championship history, winning seven NCAA rowing championships in the last 13 years.

Murphy, who was named the associate head coach in 2010, has provided steady leadership and an amazing knack for getting the most out of her student-athletes. She was named the CRCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2011 after helping guide the Brown squad to its unprecedented seventh NCAA Division I Championship.

The husband-wife duo of John and Phoebe has helped the Bears become one the most respected programs in the country as they continuously compete for National Championships.
In the 2007 season, Murphy’s novice eights and second varsity eights went undefeated during the regular season and went on to win the Grand Finals at the EAWRC Sprints. The second eights placed third at the NCAA Championships in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and helped Brown claim an NCAA Championship. In 2004, the second varsity eights and second novice eights went undefeated winning gold medals at the Eastern Sprints. The second varsity eights also placed first in the grand finals at the NCAA Championships.

In 1999, Murphy’s first novice crew posted a perfect 10-0 record while the second novice boat compiled an unblemished record of 8-0. Both the first and second novice boats captured the EAWRC Championship. It is no surprise that she was voted the EAWRC novice coach of the year.
A distinguished athlete, Murphy began her career as a single sculler. She captained the Brown crew in 1980 and stroked the varsity four which won the National Championship in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Her other accomplishments include a Junior National Championship at age 16, gold medals in the Lightweight single at the Head of the Charles in 1979 and 1980, and being a member of the United States Lightweight National Team which won gold medals at the U.S. Nationals as well as the Canadian Henley.

Phoebe and her husband, John, the women’s varsity coach at Brown, reside in Barrington, RI. The coaching tandem has three children, Jack, Penelope and the late Patrick D. Murphy.

Murphy’s Career Awards

EAWRC Novice Coach of the Year: 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010
CRCA Assistant Coach of the Year: 2005, 2011
Words Unlimited Co-Coach of the Year (with husband John): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
US Rowing Ernestine Bayer Award for significant contributions to women’s rowing: 2007

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

Chris Combs

This past May in 2013, Chris Combs worked his 34th EAWRC. Chris was involved in help bring the race to Lake Waramaug, CT in 1979 along with Charles “Chick” Willing, Hart Perry and Fred Emerson. The lake allowed for a six-lane buoyed course where the women’s races were 1000 meters. In 1985, the race length was extended to 1,950 meters as that was all water there was.

During the first 7 years the regatta grew from 14 crews to 18 crews as women’s rowing became an important women’s college sport with investment from colleges and commitment from the coaches and athletes. Initially Waramaugs supporters  worked with South Kent to create and set course and arranged with his father to have docks built for the Inn on Lake Waramaug ( Chris family’s business) that could be used for shells. Prior to races he helped manage the weekly coaches Poll done in the early years on the phone and with faxes and the USPS. During Sprints  he worked as dockmaster during races.

In 1986 Chick Willing passed the job of race director to Chris Combs. Now he was managing the  event as well as working with coaches in fall, planning for next season and developing administrative aspects with the executive committee. During the spring season, he continued with the weekly polls, while preparing for the championship event race. Because of the support of the coaches he received and the development of friendships he made, any work he did to help advocate women’s rowing an honor.

In 1997, women’s rowing became an NCAA sponsored championship, and due to the NCAA selection criteria, the Women’s Sprints left Lake Waramaug and headed to the Cooper River. With full support of the coaches, Chris remained regatta director and helped the Women’s Sprints get up and running in Cherry Hill, working with the local organizing group.

2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

Christine Grant

Christine Grant became the first women’s athletic director at Iowa in 1973, a post she held until her retirement in 2000. Under her direction, Iowa’s athletics department grew to include 12 NCAA championship sports that won a combined 27 Big Ten Conference titles. Throughout her career, Grant was honored by NACWAA, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, the Women’s Sports Foundation and the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport. Grant also served as associate professor within the Department of Physical Education for Women (1973-2006).

Christine Grant was instrumental in getting women’s rowing to become an NCAA sport with the inaugural championship being held in 1997 in Sacramento, CA. Grant was on the NCAA Rowing Championship committee who worked on the design and format of the championship.

Grant is best known for her fight for gender equity in athletics. She testified before Congress several times and served as a consultant for the Civil Rights Title IX Task Force. She was a founding member of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and served in a variety of leadership roles with that organization. She also has held several positions with the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA), including the presidency from 1987-89. Grant has spoken and published widely and has held numerous leadership positions as an advocate of gender equity in sports. She served as the president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) from 1980 to 1981. She received numerous awards and honors, including the prestigious Billie Jean King Award presented by the Women’s Sports Foundation, two honorary doctorates, and induction into the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame and the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame.

2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

Nat Case

Nat Case took over an infant Yale Women’s rowing program in the fall of 1973 and immediately propelled the program to explosive growth, resulting in its ascendancy to a perennial national power. The Bulldogs posted an impressive 122-29 record in Nat’s 19 years of coaching at Yale.

Nat’s Yale crews won five national championships, in addition to his varsity and second varsity crews combining to claim eight Eastern Sprints titles from 1974 – 1993, the most prolific of any other program during that era. The Program as a whole took home the Willing Trophy for overall supremacy at Eastern Sprints on three occasions.

A tough task master who maintained high expectations, offered kudos sparingly, and displayed an abiding distaste for subpar effort, Nat motivated the first generation of post Title IX athletes to prove and stretch themselves in a sport that had been dominated by American men for nearly one hundred years. He mutely encouraged his athletes to develop feisty, never-say-die, “I’ll show you” attitudes and prodigious work ethics, while keeping them focused on attacking rigorous daily practices, seeking constant improvement, and taking nothing for granted. He always maintained the utmost respect for competitors, in spite of his deep dislike of losing.

Numerous athletes who competed on Nat’s teams earned positions, followed by medals, on national and Olympic squads, including a pair of rowers on the first medal winning US national team in 1975 who helped power the U.S women’s eight to a silver in Nottingham, England.

It was also his Yale athletes who led the hand to hand combat for equal access to sports; in 1976 with a passionate and revealing demonstration, they demanded equal opportunity from the university and inspired the now famous documentary on Title IX called A Hero for Daisy. The spirit of indominable toughness that has trademarked the Yale women’s crew from its earliest years offers a testimony to Nat’s tenure, and endures as the backbone of the program to this day.

Nat coached the 1980 Women’s Olympic 4+ and the US women’s lightweight crew in 1982.

Throughout his tenure as the Yale women’s head coach, Nat also served as the Chair of the EAWRC coaches group, providing a calm, reasonable and wise voice as he supported the efforts to expand and improve the level of collegiate women’s rowing in the US, including the advent of the National Women’s Rowing Championships, a precursor to the NCAA Championships.

The CRCA is proud to induct Nat Case into its Coaches Hall of Fame.

2008 Hall of Fame Inductees

Jan Harville

For 23 years, Jan Harville was the face of Washington women’s rowing.

Harville started as an assistant coach at the University of Washington in 1980 under then head coach Bob Ernst, and took over the program in the summer of 1987. Her impact as a head coach was immediate. She coached 11 boats to individual national titles and 41 boats to Pac-10 titles during her tenure, including a streak of 11 consecutive conference championships from 1992-2002.

Harville directed the Washington boats that won the inaugural NCAA team championship in 1997, and then defended the title in ’98, capping a two-year stint in which the varsity eight was undefeated in collegiate competition. In 2000, the University of Washington entered the newly established woman’s open eight event at the Royal Henley Regatta. Washington topped the University of Victoria in the Grand Final to win the inaugural Henley Prize. Washington is the only U.S. collegiate team to have won this prestigious event. The team won the NCAA National Championship Team title again in 2001.

A Husky through and through, Harville rowed at the UW from 1970-73, winning the team’s Most Inspirational Award in 1973. Harville received her Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology in 1974. Upon graduation, Harville worked as a microbiologist at Seattle’s Northwest Hospital, but continued to train as a rower. Overall, Harville trained and raced with the U.S. National Team between 1978-84. She won a bronze medal as a member of the 1979 U.S. eight in Bled, Yugoslavia. She was selected for the 1980 Olympic team, but did not row due to the United States boycott of the Moscow games. She continued to train, winning silver in the eight in the 1982 World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland, and the 1983 World Championships in Duisberg, Germany. She competed in the coxed four in the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, finishing fourth.

In addition to her national team rowing experience, Harville is respected as an elite coach in international circles. From 1985-1988, Harville was the head of the U.S. Olympic Rowing Development Camp. She was the head coach of the 1985 U.S. Olympic Festival West Team, and in 1986 took the U.S. Olympic Goodwill Games team to compete in the Soviet Union. Also in 1986 Harville was the head coach of the U.S. Senior B Team. From 1993-1996, Harville served as assistant coach under U.S. National Team coach Hartmut Buschbacher. In 1995 she coached both the U.S. lightweight women’s straight four and the openweight women’s straight four to matching gold medals at the World Championships in Tampere, Finland. She served as a U.S. Olympic assistant rowing coach at the 1996 games in Atlanta. In 1998 she coached the U.S. lightweight women’s pair to a bronze medal at Worlds in Cologne, Germany; and she coached the U.S. women’s straight four to a bronze medal at Worlds in 1999 in St. Catherine’s, Ontario.

During the 1991 U.S. Rowing Association Convention in Seattle, Harville was inducted in the U.S. Rowing Hall of Fame as a member of the 1980 Women’s Olympic Eight. Both Harville and Washington assistant coach Eleanor McElvaine were honored by U.S. Rowing with the 1994 Woman of the Year awards in appreciation for their “outstanding service to rowing in the United States.” In 2002 the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) named her National Coach of the Year. The Pac-10 recognized Harville as its Coach of the Year nine times. In 2005, she received the Ernestine Bayer Award for outstanding contributions to women’s rowing. Locally, Harville is a member of the Husky Hall of Fame and was also a recipient of the heralded Seattle Post-Intelligencer Sports Star Award in 2002.

Harville retired from coaching in 2003. She and her husband, Dan, reside in Edmonds, WA.

Sue Ela

Sue Ela’s 26-year association with the Wisconsin women’s rowing program spanned from its creation though some of its greatest moments.

Ela began as a UW student athlete from 1972-1975. Along with Kathy Wutke, Ela is considered a founder of women’s rowing at Wisconsin – first as a club sport in the late fall of 1971, and through the transition of the sport to varsity in the fall of 1974. As an undergraduate, Ela rowed in the club’s first eight in the spring of 1972 against the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Boat Club; she finished her undergraduate rowing career as member of Wisconsin’s first varsity eight, winning the National Women’s Rowing Association (NWRA) National Championship in 1975.

Ela went on to serve three years as an assistant rowing coach before taking over as head coach in 1979. She was the first female head coach for Wisconsin rowing, and she was the first full time head coach for the program as well. She held the head coaching position for 18 years, wrapping up her career in the spring of 1997.

As a UW assistant coach, her novice crews went undefeated in three years of competition. During her tenure as head coach, the Badger varsity openweight eight won the 1986 national championship, and posted top-five national finishes in 12 of 18 seasons. Her varsity eight crews went unbeaten at the Midwest Rowing Championships and won two Eastern Sprints titles, as well as a Head of the Charles and San Diego Crew Classic championship. She led the varsity eight to the PricewaterhouseCoopers Cup as winner of the College Eights Race at the 1995 Women’s Henley Regatta.

As the coach of the first U.S. National Women’s Lightweight Team that won gold at the 1981 Canadian Henley Rowing Championship, Ela was honored by USRowing as the “Woman of the Year” in 1989. She was also recognized as the 1995 Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges (EAWRC) Coach of the Year. She was inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.

In 2004, Ela returned to the water as UW’s interim head coach and directed the Badgers to their second NCAA championships and first since 1999.

In her career, Ela coached 11 of Wisconsin’s 14 Olympic women’s rowers and started a coaching tree that reaches from Stanford and Texas to Iowa.

2007 Hall of Fame Inductees

Ernestine Bayer, Mother of Women’s Rowing

Mrs. Bayer was a world leader in introducing women to the sport of rowing. During her lifetime she earned every award given by the national rowing association: Nominee for the Sullivan Award from rowing, member of the first Women’s rowing Olympic Committee, member of the National Rowing Foundation (NRF) Rowing Hall of Fame, First United States Gold rowing medal, Carlin Award, Coach of the Year, and named one of rowing’s 10 most influential people of the century.

Ernestine Bayer is widely regarded as the “Mother of Women’s Rowing” in the United States. She learned to row at a time when it was believed that women could not row competitively. During her lifetime she challenged that assumption again and again, refusing to take “No” for an answer on dozens of occasions when the male rowing community opposed her initiatives on behalf of women.

Ernestine Bayer founded the Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club in 1938 and for more than a half century she personally attracted thousands of rowers to the sport. Her pioneering efforts made it possible for women to row for the first time in international competition in 1973, resulting in the women’s rowing events being added to the Olympic Games in 1976. She was a member of the first Women’s Olympic Committee, and she helped establish the women’s crew program at the University of New Hampshire.

Joanne Iverson

Ms. Iverson has been actively involved in the sport of Rowing since 1959. At various times she filled the offices of Captain and President while at the Philadelphia Girls Rowing Club. She co-founded the National Women’s’ Rowing Association in 1963 and the first National Women’s Rowing Championships and was instrumental in organizing the first National Championship event for collegiate crews.

In 1967 she started a club, Devon Sculls, for high school girls in the Upper Merion School District.

From 1968 until 1975 she coached the women’s crew at the University of Pennsylvania’s College Boat Club, winning various National Championships, most notably the NWRA Nationals at Seattle in 1972 – College BC won the Four/with, Pair/without and Eight as a combination boat with PGRC. Ms. Iverson was subsequently the first Coach of Women’s rowing at the University of Pennsylvania when they received Varsity Status in 1974.

In 1973 she was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee for Women’s Rowing. In the same year, she served as Manager of the first U.S. Women’s squad to compete at the European Championships in Moscow, USSR. Four College Boat Club women were on that team.

In 1976 she was appointed to President Ford’s Commission on Olympic Sports on which she served with Rafer Johnson. She served as Manager of the Women’s Olympic Rowing Team in 1976 in Montreal, Canada.

At present, Ms. Iverson is on the Board of Directors of the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia where she rows regularly and provides private coaching to Junior and Masters Competitors.

Patty Wyatt

Patty Wyatt organized and coached the first competitive rowing program at ZLAC RC in 1964. Her crew competed at the NWRA National Championships through the 1960’s and 1970’s.

In 1973, Patty, along with Joe Jessop, Andy Borthwick and Glenn Rick, started the San Diego Crew Classic. The idea was to hold an early season collegiate event that would bring together the best collegiate crews from across the country, and to expose junior rowers to collegiate programs. Patty Wyatt was also instrumental in bringing the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic rowing and paddling events to Lake Casitas.

Fred Emerson

Fred Emerson started his rowing career at Culver Academy and went on to row at the University of Wisconsin in the early 1930’s. After graduation he began a life long commitment to support collegiate rowing where ever it needed his help. His generosity helped to provide equipment to over 60 colleges and universities.

In 1971, Fred was instrumental in founding the New England Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges. On May 14, 1972, the NEAWRC held its first regatta, thanks in great part to the efforts of Fred Emerson, who designed the course and provided almost all of the financial backing for the event.

Fred Emerson was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame and in 1976 was awarded the John Carlin Service Award by US Rowing, which is awarded to honor an individual who has made significant and outstanding commitment to the sport of rowing.

Ed Lickiss

Ed Lickiss entered the University of California in 1937 and began rowing for famed coach Ky Ebright. He had a successful sculling career before enlisting in the Army Air Corps for WWII. After the war he worked as an electrical contractor. He came back to rowing in 1960 when he established the Lake Merritt Rowing Club. He became the coach, director, fund raiser, and boatwright of the club.

In 1964 Ed co-founded the National Women’s Rowing Association and organized the first Women’s National Championship Regatta. In the same year Ed established a women’s crew at Mills College and a year later he established and personally funded a crew at St. Mary’s College and began a life-long commitment to that program.

In 1974-75 Ed retired from collegiate coaching to concentrate his efforts on high school rowing. He firmly believed that the sport of rowing could be used as a vehicle to assist teenagers in that transition from adolescence to adulthood. He established the Oakland Strokes Rowing Club that was open to all high school aged boys and girls.

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