Craig Amerkhanian Named Director Of Rowing

June 21, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford University Athletic Director Ted Leland announced on Thursday that men's crew coach Craig Amerkhanian has been named the school's director of rowing.

Amerkhanian arrived at Stanford in August of 2000 as the head men's crew coach. He made an immediate impact in his inaugural season, leading the Cardinal to a 12th place finish at the IRA National Championships. Amerkhanian led his squad to the second highest finish in program history with a varsity eight boat comprised of five sophomores, two juniors and one freshman. The team was the youngest to ever represent the Cardinal at the IRA Championships.

'Our goal is to validate women's and men's crew at a level which is represented by the other outstanding programs at Stanford,' Amerkhanian said. 'Over the last year we had tremendous gains involving alumni support, expansion of infrastructure, and a new generation of spirit and morale on the team. The future is very bright for Stanford crew.'

'Craig has done outstanding things with the men's crew program since his arrival last August,' Leland said. 'He is the ideal person to help take this program to the next level.'

Prior to Stanford, Amerkhanian served as associate head coach at the University of California from 1991-2000. During Amerkhanian's time in Berkeley, the Golden Bears won 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.

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