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Fall 2009

Trinity Reporter Fall 2009

Men's Rowing

MacDermott promoted to head men’s rowing coach

Trinity has hired Kevin MacDermott to succeed Larry Gluckman, who announced his retirement in the winter, as head coach of the Bantam men’s rowing team. MacDermott takes over a squad that earned a 53-5 varsity-eight record in Gluckman’s six seasons with two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) National Invitational gold medals and one ECAC silver medal, three gold medals at the Head of the Charles Regatta, four New England Rowing Championship titles and four New England, Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship crowns. Trinity’s varsity eight crew also won the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2005 and earned a silver medal in the same event last summer.

MacDermott, a 2002 graduate of Wesleyan University, recently completed his third season as Gluckman’s assistant coach and the Trinity head novice men’s coach. His duties in that role included recruitment of all prospective student-athletes and coaching all first-year rowers. MacDermott has also been the senior associate director and head coach at the Craftsbury Sculling Center in Vermont since 2003.

“I am incredibly honored to assume the title of head men’s rowing coach at Trinity. The three great mentors in my professional life, Phil Carney (Trinity ’85), Norm Graf (head coach, 1967-1982), and Larry Gluckman (head coach, 2003-2009) have each left indelible marks on the Trinity program. I am excited to continue and build upon the program’s legacy of excellence,” says MacDermott. “I am confident that continuity will be maintained as I will have coached and recruited every athlete in the program when we hit the water next fall. These athletes have high expectations, strong self-discipline, and impressive drive, and I look forward to guiding their technical and physical development in the years ahead. I wish to thank Larry for his leadership and guidance. Under his stewardship, the program has achieved top-level success. His legacy at Trinity will prosper through generations of athletes.”

MacDermott was a four-year varsity letter winner and team captain of the Wesleyan men’s rowing team. He earned the Founder’s Oar Award as the program’s most valuable rower in both 2001 and 2002, as well as Freshman of the Year in 1999. Prior to his tenure at Trinity, MacDermott served for four years as assistant men’s rowing coach at Wesleyan. His alma mater’s junior varsity crews combined to post a 33-6 record under his direction.

“We are ecstatic to welcome a young and talented individual, who understands both the NESCAC and what it takes to compete at the highest level of national competition, as our new head men’s rowing coach,” says Trinity Athletic Director Richard Hazelton. “I consider Kevin MacDermott to be one of the up-and-comers in his field, and Trinity is lucky to have him.”