Mike Teti Receives USRowing Medal

Dec. 9, 2008

BERKELEY - California men's crew head coach Mike Teti received the USRowing Medal, the highest honor that the rowing governing body can bestow, USRowing announced last week. Teti and other award winners were honored at the USRowing Annual Awards Reception on Dec. 5 in Atlantic City, N.J.

The USRowing Medal is given to a member of the rowing community in the United States who has rendered conspicuous service to or accomplished extraordinary feats in rowing. Teti, who took over the Cal men's rowing program following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, served as USRowing's men's sweep head coach from the fall of 1996 through August of 2008. During his tenure, Teti led the U.S. men's eight to Olympic gold in 2004 and Olympic bronze in 2008. The victory in 2004 marked the first time the U.S. had won the Olympic title since 1964.

Teti also coached the men's eight to seven world championship medals during that time period including four gold medals in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2005. Prior to becoming the national team head coach, he served as Princeton's men's freshman coach, winning five Intercollegiate Rowing Association titles. He began his coaching career at Temple in 1982. As an athlete, Teti was a 12-time national team member and three-time Olympian. He won a bronze medal in the men's eight at the 1988 Olympic Games. Teti was named USRowing's Male Athlete of the Year in 1987 after rowing bow in the first U.S. world champion men's eight in 13 years.

The Golden Bears, whose varsity eight finished third in the IRA's Varsity Challenge Cup last June, open the spring season with the Pac-10 Challenge March 28-29, 2009, in Redwood Shores, Calif.

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