Andy Card
Andy Card
Title: Y150 Alumni Head Coach of Lightweight Crew
Phone: 203-494-7551
Email: andrew.card@yale.edu

In 2014-15, Andy Card enters his 27th year with the Yale Lightweight Crew and his 26th as the varsity coach. Last spring, his first varsity eight was yet again one of the fastest in the league, winning the silver medal at the EARC Sprints Championship and the squad finishing in 2nd in Jope Cup points after winning the overall team trophy in 2013 and 2012.

Andy’s program not only consistently puts Yale crews on the podium, but also does a remarkable job preparing the very best athletes for international competition. In the summer of 2014, there are five Y150 men who have been selected to U23 and Senior National Teams. Joseph Hanlon and Andrew Hakanson ’11 were selected to the USA LM8+. Joshua Mann ’14 and Matthew O’Donoghue ’14 will race in the USA U23 LM4- across from Matthew Segal ’16 who has been named to the U23 LM4- for Team Canada. These international appearances follow the recent success of Thomas Swartz ’13 and Rhodes Scholar recipient William Zeng ’11, each of whom were selected to the Oxford Blue Boat. Their Yale training served them well, as they won their seat races against heavyweight teammates to earn a place among the top boat. Swartz and his crew won the 2014 edition of the race by eleven boat-lengths over Cambridge. 

The 2011 to 2013 stretch has brought much team success to the Elis. 

Following the 2011 national championship season and undefeated Sprints champion seasons for the 1F and 3V, the 2012 season brought home a championship of another kind: the Jope Cup for overall team supremacy in the EARC, as well as two more undefeated Sprints championships for the Second Varsity (Cornell Trophy) and the First Freshman (Kilpatrick Cup), and a hard-fought IRA bronze medal for the varsity.

Then in 2013, the Elis pulled off back-to-back Jope Cups at the Sprints, with the 1V’s silver medal and the 1F’s gold medal pushing the Elis to overall team supremacy.

In 2011, Card's Y150 varsity persevered through some late-season losses through a bronze medal finish at the Sprints before a classic race at the IRA, resulting in a stunning 0.022 second national championship victory in Camden. 

It was then back to Henley Royal Royal Regatta for Card and crew, where they made it to the Friday races at HRR before falling to the Sprints champion Harvard heavy freshmen. 

2009 was also a memorable year, with a stunning varsity silver medal at the IRA, and an undefeated second varsity EARC Sprints championship, as well as bronze medals for the 1F and 3V. 2008 saw a double-bronze at Sprints and IRAs for the varsity, and a second consecutive freshman Sprints title. 

A remarkable campaign in 2005 saw Card's 150s win their third national championship in six years. Over the course of his 33 years as a rower and a coach, Card has become well acquainted with the Jope Cup, symbolic of overall lightweight team supremacy in the EARC, winning it thirteen times since 1981. The 2002 Jope Cup victory was Yale's first ever repeat win of the Jope, and Yale's fifth overall since Card arrived in New Haven in 1988. Card's crews have won three varsity Sprints titles (1990, 2001, and 2002) and five IRA national championship titles (1990, 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2011). 

Additionally, Card's 2000 varsity lightweights won something that no other collegiate lightweight crew had done before: a clean run through the field to claim the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. That Yale Lightweight win was the first time a collegiate lightweight crew won the event since the Temple's inception in 1990, and it was the first time a collegiate lightweight crew had won at Henley since 1978. Card's 2005 varsity edition made it to the finals -- only the fourth lightweight crew to do so -- but fell to the heavyweight varsity from Trinity College Hartford.

From 2000 to 2005, Andy Card's Yale Lightweights had a remarkable run of success:

  • Won the 2005 IRA National Championship for the third time in six years
  • Won the 2002 IRA National Championship for the second time in three years
  • Won the 2002 Jope Cup for overall lightweight team supremacy two years in a row
  • Won the 2002 Eastern Sprints in the 1V, 1F, and 3V, with a silver in the 2V
                                                        
  • Won the 2001 Eastern Sprints in the 1V and 2V, setting course records in both events
  • Won the 2001 Jope Cup for overall lightweight team supremacy
  • Won 13 medals out of 15 chances in three years at Sprints (6 golds, 6 silvers, and 1 bronze)
  • Won the Lightweight 8+ at the Head of the Charles two years in a row (2000 & 2001). The 2000 crew was the first collegiate lightweight crew to win the Charles since 1979.
  • Won the 2000 Temple Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, the first collegiate lightweight crew to win at Henley since 1974
  • Won the 2000 IRA National Championship
  • Won three straight Goldthwait Cups (H-Y-P title)
  • Three years of undefeated varsity regular season records, including the San Diego Crew Classic in 2000 & 2002
  • 2001 regular season record of 34-1 for five crews (V, 2V, 3V, 1F, 2F)
  • Top collegiate finisher at the 1999 Head of the Charles, 1999 and 2000 Head of the Schuylkill, and the 1999 Princeton Chase

Card began his varsity head coaching career in 1990 by leading the Yale lightweights to an undefeated season and first place at the EARC Sprints and the National Championship before traveling to the Henley Royal Regatta in England. During the 1991 and 1992 seasons, the Elis won two additional Harvard-Yale-Princeton races, marking the first time since 1930-1932 that Yale had captured three straight Goldthwait Cups. Card's J.V. crews have won the Sprints four times and have also been to Henley. The most recent trip to Henley in 2001 saw the Yale 2V make it to the semi-final of four crews in the Temple Challenge Cup before losing, going farther than four EARC varsity lightweight crews in the draw.

Card has had coaching success on the international level as well. At the 1993 World Rowing Championships at Roudnice, Czech Republic, Card's U.S. Lightweight 4- won the gold medal, the first gold medal ever for the United States in that event. Most recently, Card helped coach the USA Men's Lightweight 8+ to a Worlds silver in 1998 and America's first gold medal since 1973 at St. Catharine's in 1999.

A 1985 graduate of Princeton, Card rowed on three Eastern Sprints Championship crews. While serving as captain in his senior year, the varsity eight went undefeated and won both the Eastern Sprints and Kennedy Cup (IRA). In addition, he represented the Tigers on two trips to Henley in 1983 and 1985. Prior to attending Princeton, he had no competitive rowing experience. 

Card also served as the Princeton freshman lightweight coach for two seasons (1986 & 1987) following his graduation. Both years the Tiger freshmen went undefeated and took Eastern Sprint titles.

Ned DelGuercio
Ned DelGuercio
Title: Assistant Coach
Email: edmund.delguercio@yale.edu

Ned DelGuercio is in his third season as assistant coach and recruiter for the Yale Lightweight Crew.

Last spring, he worked primarily with the freshmen group which joined the varsity ranks for the post-season. All crews outperformed their seeds at the EARC Sprints, and DelGuercio's third varsity crew won the silver medal along with Coach Card's first varsity.

In 2013, he guided the Y150 Freshmen to a 6-1 regular season record and the gold medal at the EARC Sprints Championship.

DelGuercio is a six-time US national team member and two-time world champion. 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. The United States captured gold by 1.4 seconds. He went on to serve as coxswain for the USA M8+ for the 2009, 2010, and 2011 World Championships and World Cup teams, and raced in the Grand Challenge of the Henley Royal Regatta in 2010 and 2011.

While training in Princeton N.J., he was the novice women’s coach at Mercer Junior Rowing Club and later became assistant varsity womens' 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 and 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 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Ned began rowing 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 finishing with a gold medal at the USRowing Invitational Regatta in Cincinnati. That summer DelGuercio coxed the USA JM8+ at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Duisburg, Germany.

DelGuercio will continue to assist head coach Andy Card with all aspects of the program during the 2014-15 season.

Ian Duthie
Ian Duthie
Title: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Previous College: The University of Queensland, Australia

Ian Duthie joined the Yale Lightweight Men's crew program in autumn 2011 as an Assistant Coach after two years of working with the Yale Heavyweights. This Australian native brings elite-level rowing experience to Yale - Ian won seven State and three National Championships in Lightweight eights for Mercantile Rowing Club in Melbourne, considered Australia's most prominent rowing club where he also acted as a crew selector.

Ian attended high school in Brisbane at the Anglican Boys Grammar School (Churchie) where he was the state open hurdles champion. He graduated from The University of Queensland where he holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Agricultural Science.  This is where Ian began his rowing career as a walk-on and quickly made his mark as an oarsman stroking the University of Queensland lightweight eight to victory at the State Championships.  He then went on to represent Queensland in the Penrith Cup, Australia's interstate race for lightweight men.  Ian was in the selection squad for the Australian lightweight coxless four which won gold at the 1974 FISA World Championships.  

Ian still actively rows in Masters competitions in the US and abroad, currently for the New Haven Rowing Club and prior to that, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club... and occasionally for Mercantile when on home visits.



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