Club Sports: Michigan Rowing Coach wins USRowing Award

Submitted by MolarBear2017 on November 20th, 2015 at 11:06 AM

Sort of OT, since Men's Rowing isn't a NCAA sport, but it's still always nice to recognize people on campus who exemplify what it means to be "leadsers and best."

To those who aren't aware, Men's Rowing is a club sport on campus, and so they don't benefit from having full AD support. These student-athletes (many of whom are in the College of Engineering) pay to play; and really play for love of the game (since I doubt many people would willingly pay to work out at 5am everyday unless they really love it). At the head of this machine is a man I have come to know and respect, Gregg Hartsuff, who has really gone above and beyond to create a serious contender despite scholarship and recruiting limitations. He has been awarded USRowing's Man of the Year award for his efforts growing the sport on campus and across the country (playing an instrumental role in founding the Collegiate Club National Championships), coaching the United States to gold in the most recent World Universities Games, and just being a mentor to countless of Michigan men and women who have walked through his boathouse doors. 

And to boot, Michigan currently enjoys a 19-regatta winning streak against OSU, including a clean sweep of the Buckeyes this past week.……


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True Blue Grit

November 20th, 2015 at 11:25 AM ^

Having rowed some myself and been in the Engine school years ago, I can't imagine how these guys balance the two, plus have any social life.   Rowing is hard work and it takes a lot of practice to be as good as they are.  Hats off to all these student athletes. 

Ivan Karamazov

November 20th, 2015 at 11:51 AM ^

Enough of them probably figured they weren't gonna have much of a social life as engineering students anyway, so why not spend the free time they do have becoming part of a dominant team while getting in great shape as well. Also rowing is all physics and much more training oriented than say... being blessed with the ability to throw a pinpoint accurate deep ball or have a curveball that can drop off a table at just the right time to fool a batter.


November 20th, 2015 at 11:47 AM ^

I have known Coach Hartsuff for about 25 years and have a tremendous amount of respect for the rowing program that he has built at Michigan. He has produced a lot of fast crews and a good number of oarsmen that have gone on to great national team success, the latter itself being a huge accomplishment for a collegiate club program. On top of all that, he has been instrumental in the continued development of the sport at the collegiate level.

This award is well deserved.

Mmmm Hmmm

November 20th, 2015 at 12:07 PM ^

In collegiate rowing, where even the best men's teams often have several walk-ons, coaching is hugely important. This is especially true the further north you get, where a longer winter seriously hampers a crew's ability to get on the water after the winter on-water practice moratorium ends on February 1. Kudos to the coach!

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