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.
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.