In 2010, Andy Card enters his twenty-fifth year with the Yale
lightweight crew and his twenty-fourth as the varsity coach. 2009
was 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 28 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 eleven 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 four IRA national championship titles (1990, 2000, 2002,
and 2005). Additionally, Card's 2000 varsity lightweights won
something that no other collegiate lightweight crew can claim: a
clean run through the field to claim the Temple Challenge Cup at
Henley Royal Regatta. That Yale win was the only time a collegiate
lightweight crew has won that 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
lost 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.