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5th October 2008

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Press Release

Mike Irwin Named Operations Officer And Junior Boys Coach At Essex Rowing


Mike Irwin Methuen, MA – June 8, 2009 – Mike Irwin, who led the Yale 1st Freshman Lightweights to an undefeated Eastern Sprints Gold in 1999 and earned the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) Lightweight Coach of the Year honors in 2005, will join Essex Rowing as Operations Officer and Senior Coach for the Junior Boys program starting in August.

Irwin comes off an seven-year campaign with the University of Pennsylvania where he served as Head Coach of the Lightweight Men’s Program as well as Director of Boathouse Operations.

“Mike is really the ideal candidate for this position and I am thrilled to have him joining us in August,” said Essex Rowing’s Executive Officer, Travis Gardner. “Over the past couple years Essex has evolved into a thriving multi-dimensional program. Mike’s experience as Boathouse Director at Penn and with operations and organizational dynamics are exactly what the club needs to keep up with that growth and provide our athletes with the best experience possible. As a coach, Mike brings an enormous wealth of knowledge to the teams and will be an invaluable asset as both an instructor and as a resource for those athletes that wish to continue to the next level.”

“I got my start in rowing in the summer of 1985 as a junior at the Detroit Boat Club. I am excited to return to my roots in club and junior rowing,” said Irwin. “Travis has a tremendous vision for the future of Essex Rowing. I am thrilled to be joining the program and I look forward to building the rowing community in the Merrimack Valley.”

In his first year at UPenn, Irwin led the Quakers to their best finish at the EARC Regatta since 1997, finishing eighth. The program continued to improve under his guidance and in 2005 took bronze in the IRA [National Championship] Regatta. That same season, Irwin’s first varsity was named EARC Lightweight Crew of the Year and Irwin himself was named EARC Lightweight Coach of the Year.

Prior to coaching at UPenn, Irwin served as the Freshmen Heavyweight Coach at Yale University from 1999 to 2002 and as the Freshman Lightweight Coach from 1996 to 1999. His crews earned gold at the Eastern Sprints in 1997 and 1999, and bronze in 2002.

In addition to his duties with Yale and Penn, Irwin has served as a member of the U.S. National Team Staff for seven of the last ten years, including the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. In that capacity he served as Rigger and Boatman for the United States’ top crews.

A graduate of Trinity College in Connecticut, Irwin began his coaching career with his alma mater’s Novice Men while also servings as the team’s Boatman. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1991 and continued with a Business Essentials Certificat from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in 2007. He is currently working in a Masters Program in Organizational Dynamics.


Essex Rowing is a private, not-for-profit organization, focused on advancing the sport of rowing. Founded in 2006, Essex Rowing trains youth and adult athletes from throughout the region from its Methuen facility along a nearly 8-mile stretch of the Merrimack River, between the Lawrence and Lowell dams. Since its inception, the club has introduced over 400 athletes to the sport of rowing and currently maintains a roster of over 130 middle school, high school, and adult athletes.

Press Contact
Travis Gardner
Executive Officer
(978) 857.0199

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