Sept. 8, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford University Athletic Director Ted Leland announced on Friday the hiring of Craig Amerkhanian as the school's new head men's crew coach. Amerkhanian, who has served as associate head men's crew coach at the University of California since September of 1991, will start on The Farm on Monday.
"I look at coming to Stanford as a tremendous honor and a great opportunity," Amerkhanian said. "It is very rare in sports and the coaching business to be able to go to a university like Stanford. I think that says it all. Stanford represents the coaching mecca as revealed by the success of all the other coaches there."
During Amerkhanian's time in Berkeley, the Golden Bears won IYRA National Championships in 1998 and 2000, as well as six Pacific-10 Conference Championships, including the last three in a row. Amerkhanian, who oversaw recruiting and was a member of Cal's Executive Committee for Crew Development, also coached three Olympians and two U.S. National Cup participants during his tenure.
"We are thrilled to have Craig join the Stanford coaching fraternity," Leland said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge, not only about collegiate crew, but about what it takes to build a successful athletic program. The addition of Craig will go a long way in helping bring this program to national prominence."
Amerkhanian also worked as a high school and middle school teacher from 1992-97, and prior to that was a property manager and loan broker (1985-91) and also spent six years working for the Oakland Athletics (1980-85).
Stanford University - Named Craig Amerkhanian head men's crew coach.