Todd Kennett (born April 20, 1969, Middlebury, Connecticut) is a coach of the Division I Collegiate heavyweight rowing program at Cornell University. In 2006 and 2008, his lightweight varsity boat program captured both the Eastern Sprints Regatta and the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships ("IRA").
Todd Kennett was born in 1969 in Middlebury, Connecticut.
In 1987, at age 18, he entered as a freshman at Cornell University. A 1991 graduate of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Kennett received his bachelor of science degree in animal sciences. In his time at Cornell, Kennett was a member of the Heavyweight crew. He competed in the first freshman eight his first year and went on to row in the varsity eight for three consecutive seasons, including the 1991 campaign in which the varsity finished third at the IRA regatta and competed at the Henley Royal Regatta. He received the Butler Award for outstanding leadership and athletic performance as a senior. In his junior and senior years at Cornell, Kennett rowed in the U.S. Rowing Olympic Development and Pre-Elite camps. He also competed in the 1989 and 1990 Olympic Festivals, winning a bronze and gold, respectively.
After Graduating from Cornell in June 1991, Kennett served as coach of the Ithaca College women's novice rowing program from 1992 to 1993. He led the squad to a 22–2 record, two New York State Small School titles and two Murphy Cups. His Bomber crews also earned silver and bronze medals at the Dad Vail Regatta.
In 1994, Kennett was hired by Cornell University as freshman lightweight crew coach. In his second year of coaching lightweights, Kennett led the freshman to a silver medal finish at the eastern sprints on June 17, 1995. His first freshman eight earned bronze at the 1998 Eastern Sprints, with the second freshman boat taking silver. Cornell's second freshman eight was undefeated during both the 1996 and 1997 regular seasons. Under Kennett, the four-with-coxswain heavyweights finished third at the IRA Championship Regatta in 1994.
Kennett was named the Robert B. Tallman Class of 1941 Men's Lightweight Rowing Head Coach in 1998. In 2001, all three of his crews made it to the grand final of the Eastern Sprints Regatta. In 2001, his varsity pair earned a silver medal at the IRA Championship Regatta. In 2004, 2005, and 2008 his pair won gold at the IRA Championship Regatta.
In 2005, Kennett's varsity boat won a bronze at the Eastern Sprints followed with a Silver at the IRA Regatta. Both his first and second varsity boats captured Gold at the 2006 Eastern Sprints regatta. His varsity followed up its Eastern Sprints victory with a narrow win over Harvard at the IRAs to win the National Championship. In 2007, Kennett again led the lightweights to a win at the IRA. In 2008, Kennett's varsity lightweight crew won the Eastern Sprints title, the Jope Cup for lightweight supremacy, and the IRA title for a record third straight year.
In 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 the varsity boat went to the Henley Royal Regatta and raced in the Temple Challenge Cup, placing second in 2006 and 2007 to Oxford Brookes University and the University of California-Berkeley freshmen.
In June 2007, Kennett was promoted to the "Spirit of '57 Director of Rowing/Head Coach of Heavyweight Rowing" at Cornell University.
In 2010, Kennett was named the 2009-10 Eastern Association of Rowing College's (EARC) Coach of the Year, as voted on by the leagues’ coaches.
The Wisconsin Badgers Crew is the rowing team that represents the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Rowing at the University dates back to 1874. The women's openweight team is an NCAA Division I team. The men's and lightweight women's programs compete at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championship Regatta because the NCAA does not sanction a men's or lightweight women's national championship. Chris Clark has been the men's head coach since 1996 and Bebe Bryans has been the women's head coach since 2004.
Rowing is the oldest intercollegiate sport in the United States. The first intercollegiate race was a contest between Yale and Harvard in 1852. In the 2018–19 school year, there were 2,340 male and 7,294 female collegiate rowers in Divisions I, II and III, according to the NCAA. The sport has grown since the first NCAA statistics were compiled for the 1981–82 school year, which reflected 2,053 male and 1,187 female collegiate rowers in the three divisions. Some concern has been raised that some recent female numbers are inflated by non-competing novices.
The Harvard–Yale Regatta or Yale-Harvard Boat Race is an annual rowing race between the men's heavyweight rowing crews of Harvard University and Yale University. First contested in 1852, it has been held annually since 1859 with exceptions during major wars fought by the United States and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Race is America's oldest collegiate athletic competition, pre-dating The Game by 23 years. It is sometimes referred to as the "Yale-Harvard" regatta, though most official regatta programs brand it "Harvard-Yale."
Harry Parker was the head coach of the Harvard varsity rowing program (1963–2013). He also represented the United States in the single scull at the 1960 Summer Olympics.
Stephen C. Gladstone, or Steve Gladstone as he is better known, is one of the premier rowing coaches in the United States. He currently coaches at Yale University. Previously, he coached at the University of California, Berkeley, where he also served as athletic director.
The Poughkeepsie Regatta was the annual championship regatta of the U.S. Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) when it was held in Poughkeepsie, New York from 1895 to 1949.
Gregg Hartsuff is the head coach of the University of Michigan's men's rowing team. He began his University of Michigan coaching career as the novice men's co-coach in the fall of 1992 and took his present position the following year.
The Columbia University Lions are the collective athletic teams and their members from Columbia University, an Ivy League institution in New York City, United States. The current director of athletics is Peter Pilling.
The Eastern Sprints is the annual rowing championship for the men's Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC).
The Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) governs intercollegiate rowing between varsity men's heavyweight, men's lightweight, and women's lightweight rowing programs across the United States, while the NCAA fulfills this role for women's open weight rowing. It is the direct successor to the Rowing Association of American Colleges, the first collegiate athletic organization in the United States, which operated from 1870–1894.
Lucas Whitney McGee is a former US Rowing national team member, former Oxford Blue Boat member, and former freshman coach of rowing at the University of Washington and Brown University. Luke began his rowing career at 15 years old while attending Loyola Academy after his father Ray and brother Josh encouraged him to try out for the team. After high school, he attended Yale University for a year, but then transferred to Brown University where he rowed competitively and was captain of his crew. Luke returned to Brown in the fall of 2004 and coached the Freshmen from 2004–2007. From 2004–2012, McGee's freshmen crews at Brown and Washington have captured three Eastern Sprints Championships, four Pac-10 Championships, three gold medals and one silver medal at the IRA National Championship, as well as winning Washington's first ever Temple Challenge Cup in 2010.
The University of Toronto Rowing Club (UTRC) was founded on February 10, 1897 and represents the Varsity Blues at local and international regattas. It is the oldest university rowing club in Canada.
The Penn Quakers are the athletic teams of the University of Pennsylvania. The school sponsors 33 varsity sports. The school has won three NCAA national championships in men's fencing and one in women's fencing.
Craig Amerkhanian is a Pac-10 college champion oarsman and rowing coach at Stanford University. Amerkhanian also has placed numerous athletes on National, Olympic and "Boat Race" (Oxford/Cambridge) teams. He was an All-Pac-10 oarsman at University of California Berkeley and graduated in 1980 with a degree in History. He received his master's degree in education in 1993.
College Boat Club of the University of Pennsylvania is the rowing program for University of Pennsylvania Rowing, located at #11 Boathouse Row in the historic Boathouse Row of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its membership consists entirely of past and present rowers of the University of Pennsylvania. It hosts both heavyweight and lightweight varsity men's teams and an openweight varsity women's team. The Wharton Crew Team, however, rows out of Bachelors Barge Club at #6 Boathouse Row. College Boat Club was founded in 1872 by the school's students, shortly after the school's campus was relocated from Center City to West Philadelphia. College Boat Club was admitted to the Schuylkill Navy in 1875.
Gillin Boat Club is the rowing program for St. Joseph's University Rowing and St. Joseph's Prep Rowing. It is situated at the 1,000-meter mark of the Schuylkill River race course in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Gillin Boat Club was admitted to the Schuylkill Navy in 2004, by a unanimous vote of the Navy's members.
The Brown University men's rowing team represents Brown University in men's intercollegiate rowing and is the oldest organized intercollegiate sport at the university. Since its revival in 1949, the Brown University rowing program has become one of the most successful collegiate rowing programs in the world, winning men's and women's national titles, as well as championship titles at the world-famous Henley Royal Regatta in London. In addition, the program has produced 32 Olympic rowers.
The Ralph T. Jope Cup is a rowing award presented to the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) in 1963, by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is awarded annually at the Eastern Sprints to the member college whose lightweight crews score the highest total points in the varsity, junior varsity and first freshman races under a scoring formula developed by the EARC coaches.
Colin Farrell is the head coach of the University of Pennsylvania lightweight rowing team. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Farrell won the 2008 World Rowing Championships in the lightweight men's eight. He attended St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia and Cornell University, where he was a three-time letter winner and two-time captain for a program which claimed a silver medal at the 2005 IRA Regatta; he also stroked the Big Red to a 3rd-place finish in the Men's Lightweight Eight in the 2005 edition of the Eastern Sprints. He graduated from Cornell with a degree in Psychology in 2005.
Michael Callahan is the men's rowing head coach at the University of Washington.