Yale Heavyweight Crew Fall Preview

(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)
(photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. ­– This fall the Yale heavyweight crew team returns to the water with new coaches, a new freshman class, and a renewed sense of hope for a championship season.  Over the summer Steve Gladstone was named the new head coach of the Bulldogs, bringing with him a wealth of rowing knowledge and coaching experience that has won him 11 IRA championships.  Joining him is Joel Scrogin, who will step in as the new freshman coach.  Alongside a group of eager oarsmen and one of the largest senior classes in recent years, Gladstone and Scrogin are truly ushering in a new era for America's oldest collegiate team.

Gladstone arrives in New Haven by way of Syracuse, Princeton, Boston, Providence, and most recently Berkeley, California.  A 1964 graduate of Syracuse, Gladstone brings more than 40 years of coaching experience to Yale from programs like Princeton, Harvard, Brown, Cal, California Rowing Club and the U.S. National Team.  In 1994 Gladstone co-founded Resolute Racing Shells, now one of the world's premier boat manufacturers.  Also arriving in New Haven is Joel Scrogin, a 1999 graduate of Brown, Eastern Sprints champion and Oxford alum.  Scrogin will be working with the Yale Class of 2014 as the freshman coach, while last year's freshman coach, Billy Boyce, and Ian Duthie return as assistant coaches to round out the Bulldog coaching staff.

In addition to two new coaches, Yale heavyweight crew is adding nine recruited freshman rowers and two freshman coxswains to the roster.  Between them the "freesh" possess almost every junior championship title the rowing world has to offer, from a win at the Head of the Charles, to a win at Henley, to a gold medal at Junior Worlds.  As has been the case in recent years, the incoming freshman class features rowers from all over the world, some coming from as far as Australia and Great Britain.  Coaches Scrogin and Duthie have been integrating several walk-ons during practices in recent weeks, and hope to have a second freshman boat racing in the spring.  But with only six seniors leaving the team last year, one thing is for certain: the team is growing in both size and strength.

Returning from last year's varsity eight are six rowers, only four of them members of the Class of 2011.  Indeed the Yale heavyweight crew program is full of young, world-class talent. Over the summer three Yale oarsmen attended selection camp for the Under 23 National Team: Henry Cole '10, junior Thomas Dethlefs and senior captain Derek Johnson.  All three made the team.  Cole rowed three seat in the quad, while Dethlefs rowed six seat in the eight which won a silver medal at the U-23 World Rowing Championships in Brest, Belarus.  Due to an injury, Johnson did not race at Worlds.  Leading the team with Johnson this year are fellow seniors Marcos Carzolio, Colin Corcoran, Benjamin Grant, Daniel Klassen, Duncan Logie, Spyridon Mastroyannis, George Moran, Carl Nunziato, Matthew Ramlow, Nathaniel Reeve, Patrick Vergara, Simon Warren and Francesca Yi. This year's senior class is more than twice the size of last year's senior class and is a testament to the increasing strength of the heavyweight crew program.

The Bulldogs have two regattas lined up for the fall season. The first, the Head of the Housatonic, is Yale's only home fall regatta and will be contested on Yale's course in Derby, Conn., on Oct. 9.  Next is the Head of the Charles, the world's largest regatta, taking place on the Charles River in Boston, Mass., the weekend of Oct. 23. Last year Yale fielded two eight-man boats at the Head of the Charles in the championship and club eight categories.  The champ eight took 11th in a very tough field, while the club eight finished first and brought home gold.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity