Patrick Tynan Named Men's Freshman Lightweight Coach

Aug. 4, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Patrick Tynan, who led the Williams women to the 2007 NCAA Division III team and Varsity 8 titles, has been named the freshman lightweight coach for the Yale 150s. Head coach Andy Card made the announcement Monday.

A 1999 graduate of UMass with a degree in exercise science, Tynan comes to the 150s from his alma mater, where he worked as an assistant coach for the women's crew in 2007-2008.

In 2006, Tynan was named Acting Head Women's Coach at Williams, and the Williams women's crew responded to his leadership by winning both the team and Varsity 8+ titles at the 2007 NCAA Division III Championship.

"What Patrick did at Williams -- taking over a talented team and getting them to raise their game further -- is testament to his leadership and inspiration," said Card. "This is a great hire for Yale, and Pat and I have already started to work hard on the 2009 season. I can't wait for the guys to meet Pat and welcome him to the Y150 family."

Prior to Williams, Tynan spent six seasons coaching the men's and women's freshmen crews at Colby. In 2001, 2004 and 2005 his women's crews went undefeated and won Gold medals at the New England Rowing Championships and the ECAC National Collegiate Invitational Regattas. Before his arrival at Colby, Tynan spent two years as the assistant coach for the Men's Crew at UMass, where his crews medalled at the New England and Atlantic-10 Rowing Championships. During his two years at UMass, Tynan also served as an assistant coach at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass.

Tynan's rowing career began in 1990 at St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Mass., and continued at the University of Massachusetts. He rowed in UMass' varsity lightweight eight for four years, earning numerous medals at the New England Rowing Championships and the Champion International Collegiate Regattas. After graduating in 1999 with a degree in exercise science, Tynan spent the summer with the US Lightweight Development Team at Riverside Boat Club in Boston, winning three medals at the American Rowing Championships.

Tynan takes over for Yale's own Joe Fallon '06, who guided the freshmen lightweights to two Sprints championships during his tenure.