Al Acosta is in his 12th season as head coach of the Stanford Lightweight Women's Crew.
Acosta has guided the Cardinal Lightweights to three straight IRA National Championships (2010-12) heading into 2013. He was been named CRCA National Caoch of the Year each of the past three seasons and in four of the past five.
Acosta guided the Stanford Lightweights to a history-making season in 2010, starting the Cardinal's streak of three straight IRA titles. After winning the Pacific Coast Rowing Championship for a fourth straight season, Acosta's Lightweight Eight advanced to the IRA National Championships and defeated top-ranked Wisconsin to capture the Cardinal's first-ever lightweight rowing national title.
Following the season, Acosta was recognized by the College Rowing Coaches' Association (CRCA) as its Lightweight Rowing Coach of the Year. Three of his rowers, Mariel Lanas, Gretchen Stumhofer and Genevieve Tuveson, were named to the CRCA Pocock All-America Team.
In 2009, the Lightweights captured their third straight Pacific Coast Rowing Championship and finished third at the IRA National Championships. Sophomores Katherine Heflin and Gretchen Stumhofer were named to the CRCA Pocock Lightweight All-America Team to highlight the team's efforts.
In 2007-08, Acosta's lightweights achieved victory at the Newport Autumn Rowing Festival as well as capturing the A.W. Coggeshall Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic for the second year in a row. The lightweights then continued their roll, winning at the Knecht Cup Regatta, repeating as Pacific Coast champions, and finishing the year with a third-place national finish at the IRA Regatta, the program's best-ever finish.
For his efforts in guiding the Stanford Lightweights to the best national finish in program history as well as its numerous victories over the course of the season, Acosta was honored by the College Rowing Coaches' Association as the Lightweight Rowing Coach of the Year.
Prior to coaching at Stanford, Acosta was the head coach at one of the nations top junior clubs, the Oakland Strokes. While with the Strokes, Acosta coached the women's team for three years and the men's team for the last five years. Under Acosta's leadership, the Oakland Strokes grew from an average membership of 40 athletes to an annual average of 160 juniors.
Acosta's crews have won numerous titles and medals. These victories include the San Diego Crew Classic, Opening Day Regatta in Seattle, California State Championships, and the USRowing Youth Invitational (National Championship). Acosta's 1998 Varsity Eight finished the year with a record of 65 wins and 1 loss, including a second place finish at the Youth Invitational.
Acosta has also served as the Head Coach and Associate Head Coach at national team development camps for high school boys as well as collegiate women.
Acosta rowed for Santa Barbara City College before transferring to the University of California at Berkeley. A 1993 graduate of Cal (BA, Art), Acosta is a member of the Phi Betta Kappa Honor Society. While coaching the Oakland Strokes, Acosta taught in the Alameda Unified School District.
Al, his wife Linda, and their children Annabelle and Henry reside in San Francisco.