Wyatt Allen Joins Cal Men's Crew Coaching Staff

July 29, 2009

BERKELEY - California men's crew head coach Mike Teti announced today that Wyatt Allen has been hired to assist with the varsity and freshman crews at Cal and Michael Vallarelli will be returning to the Golden Bears' coaching staff as recruiting coordinator and assistant coach.

Allen comes to Berkeley after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Washington this past season. Allen helped the Huskies' varsity and junior varsities to victory at the 2009 IRA Championships.

Allen brings to Cal an outstanding rowing career both on and off the water. He began rowing while attending the University of Virginia and won the gold medal in the eight at the 2000 Avaya Collegiate Championship Regatta. After earning a degree in economics from Virginia in 2001, Allen went on to become a seven-time senior U.S. national team member and two-time Olympian. Allen's career highlights include setting a world record in the eight in 2004, winning gold in the eight at the 2004 Olympic Games and bronze in the eight at the 2008 Olympic Games. He was named USRowing's Male Athlete of the Year in 2007.

'Wyatt's rise from a collegiate novice rower to Olympic champion and world-record holder will be an inspiration to our team, and his successes as an athlete, coach and mentor will make him a role model to all of Cal's student-athletes,' Teti said. 'I had the pleasure of coaching Wyatt over the past two Olympiads and am excited to have him as part of the Cal rowing family. He will be a great asset to our coaching staff.'

Vallarelli will continue to direct recruiting activities as well as work with the freshman and varsity crews. He is responsible for bringing in a strong freshman class.

'I am pleased that Mike is returning to build on the successes he achieved last year,' Teti said. 'Mike is a vital asset to our program and I'm looking forward to working with him to maintain the strong tradition of California rowing.'

Vallareilli, who competed for the Bears from 1999 to 2002, joined the Cal coaching staff in the summer of 2008. In 2001, the Boston native coxed the undefeated Pac-10 and IRA-champion varsity 8. The following year, he also coxed the varsity 8 that repeated as Pac-10 and IRA champions.

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