Five races, five victories for the Cardinal boats Sunday
Craig Amerkhanian begins his 13th season as Stanford's men's rowing head coach. He was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2009 for the second time in his career, following the first selection in 2006. During his tenure Stanford Crew has evolved into a complete and powerful rowing program. Elements that have established Stanford Crew with the finest teams in the country include the addition of the Stanford Rowing and Sailing Center, transportation vehicles, regatta sponsorships (the Windermere Real Estate Rowing regatta), international competition, rowing shells, ergometers, spin bikes and the most important component- success and development of Stanford Student-athletes. Men, Women and Lightweight Women's teams collectively represent the University with great results that stand among the elite universities in America. Alumni and Friends of Stanford Rowing continue to support all three teams and allow Stanford Student-athletes the opportunity to compete at the highest level.
Stanford Director of Rowing, Men's Head Coach Craig Amerkhanian
The men's team continues to climb the national rankings under Amerkhanian's leadership. He has overseen the evolution of the Stanford rowing program into one of the nation's most elite over his 10 years at the helm. In 2009 and 2010, the Stanford men finished third at the Pac-10 Championships, but saw all three boats medal in the individual class competition. The I Eightcaptured the silver medal while finishing just three-tenths of a second back of California in the Grand Final in 2009.
The Cardinal closed the 2009 season with a third-place national finish at the IRA National Championships at Lake Natoma.
In 2008 the Cardinal were ranked in the top eight for the entire season before finishing fifth at the IRA Regatta. This marked the third-highest finish in program history. At the Pac-10 Championships, the men brought home three bronze medals. In 2007 the men became the fourth Copley Cup `back to back' winner in the 35-year history of the San Diego Crew Classic. Stanford men have been dominant fixtures on the U.S. Under-23 team (Alex Osborne and Silas Stafford won gold in the summer of 2008). The Olympics in Beijing was truly historic for the program. Adam Kreek, Jamie Schroeder, and David Banks joined Stanford's past Olympians and will grace the walls of the Stanford Rowing Center forever. Amerkhanian proudly acknowledges that "these men have gifted Stanford University and rowing with their accomplishments through dedication, discipline and desire. We salute them."
Stanford's representation on the international stage has continued, as recent graduates Silas Stafford '08 and Mark Murphy '09, as well as current Cardinal oarsmen Dane McFadden '11, Sebastian Peterlin '11 and Alex Syverson '11 have all competed at the Under-23 World Championships over the past two years.
Amerkhanian is clear with his praise for Stanford Rowing: "This is a time in our global culture that young people need to work together in a selfless and dedicated manner. Rowing provides an environment of explosive learning and virtue that radiates through life. I am fortunate to continue working with many dedicated student-athletes." His coaching philosophy was shaped by John Wooden, Greg Hoffman, Ara Parseghian, his father Ruben and big sister Carol.
Prior to Stanford, Amerkhanian spent nine seasons coaching at Cal where athletes he recruited and coached won seven national championships in the eights (four varsity, one second varsity, two frosh). Amerkhanian also has placed numerous athletes on National, Olympic and "Boat Race" (Oxford/Cambridge) teams. This season, Silas Stafford will stroke the Cambridge eight. Coach Amerkhanian was an All-Pac-10 oarsman at Cal and graduated in 1980 with a degree in History. He received his master's degree in education in 1993. Amerkhanian is the husband of Michelle Sinclair and father of John, Peter and Nicolas Amerkhanian.