Ned DelGuercio, a six-time national team member and two-time world rowing champion, has joined Andy Card's coaching staff.
DelGuercio replaces Colin Farrell, who served the Yale lightweights extraordinarily well for the past three years. Farrell has re-joined his wife in Philadelphia.
“We are excited to bring Ned into the Y150 coaching ranks. Ned has been around some American coaching legends for his whole career, from Bill Lamb at St. Joe’s to Pops Wagner at Rutgers and then of course to Tim McLaren and Mike Teti of the US national squad. Ned will bring a terrific skill set to our team, and certainly our coxswains are the most thrilled of all.”
DelGuercio, a 2006 graduate of Rutgers University, went on to compete with the USRowing Senior National Team through the spring of 2012. In 2007 after securing gold in the M8+ at the Pan Am Games, DelGuercio was named to the M4+ for the World Championships in Munich, Germany. The USA 4+ took gold by 0.4 seconds. The following summer DelGuercio coxed the USA LM8+ at the World Championships in Linz, Austria. With the help of Farrell, the United States captured gold by 1.4 seconds after moving from third place into first in the second half of the race. DelGuercio went on to serve as coxswain for the USA M8+ for the 2009, 2010, and 2011 World Championships and World Cup teams.
While training in Princeton N.J., he was the novice women’s coach at Mercer Junior Rowing Club and later became assistant varsity women’s coach. There he helped develop athletes who would continue successful rowing careers at universities including Notre Dame, UCLA, Princeton, Harvard, Syracuse and Clemson.
DelGuercio was a three-year member of the Rutgers heavyweight varsity eight. In 2003 his crew reached the Grand Final of the EARC Sprints for the first time in 22 years after qualifying in a photo finish with Cornell. They later went on to reach the final round of the Henley Royal Regatta. After defeating seeded Dartmouth and Leander crews along the way, they placed second to Washington. The Rutgers Heavies had competitive seasons through 2004 and 2005 as well, and DelGuercio was selected captain of the 2005 team. He received the “20 More” award for persistence and dedication, and graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Ned started his rowing career at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia. He was a four-year member of the team, and three-year letter winner. He collected three Stotesbury Cup gold medals, two SRA National Championship gold medals, and his Lightweight 8+ went undefeated in 2001 culminating in a gold medal at the USRowing Youth Invitational Regatta in Cincinnati. That crew had four future Yale lightweights onboard: Bob Kennedy ’05, Dan Coleman ’06, and former assistant coaches Joe Fallon ’06, and Farrell. That summer DelGuercio coxed the USA M8+ at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Duisburg, Germany.
DelGuercio looks to bring this vast experience with him to help promote the existing high standard and storied tradition that is the Y150.