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Marty Crotty

Marty Crotty

Marty Crotty, a member of the 1996 and 1998 national champion Princeton heavyweight varsity eights, just helped Princeton post its best season since 2010, and he is excited to see what a young, talented squad can put together in 2019.

Crotty, who led the Princeton to both an EARC and IRA national championship in his debut season as head coach (2010), guided the Tigers to silver medals at both the Eastern Sprints and the IRA national championships. Those efforts followed a season in which the Tiger lightweights broke the Lake Carnegie course record in winning the Platt Cup, and also claimed the top four races during the HYP regatta to win both the Goldthwait & Vogel Cups.

The highlights from last season weren't limited to the spring. Princeton won the 2017 Head of the Charles in the fall, a sign of things to come during the academic year, and then the Tigers went to the Henley Royal Regatta and reached the Temple Cup quarterfinals before falling to IRA heavyweight champion Yale.

Over the last five seasons, Princeton has returned to the medal dock at Eastern Sprints four times; it also added a 2016 IRA bronze to the silver it won last spring.

Two of Crotty's former rowers (Robin Prendes '10 and Tyler Nase '13) built on their Princeton success by competing in the USA ML4- at the 2016 Summer Olympics, as well as both the 2014 and 2015 Senior World Championships.

Crotty, who had been the heavyweight assistant coach at Princeton, replaced Greg Hughes, who led the 2009 men’s lightweights to an EARC, IRA and Henley national championship before being named head coach of the Princeton heavyweight crew. Ironically, Crotty began his coaching career at Princeton by replacing Hughes, who went from the heavyweight assistant to the lightweight head coach prior to the 2006 season.

Over his eight seasons, Crotty has led Princeton to a 52-21 record, and he has medalled in five of the eight Eastern Sprints finals.

Crotty, who rowed and then coached under longtime heavyweight head coach Curtis Jordan, was a perfect 4-for-4 in leading the heavyweight novice eight to the EARC grand final and had two teams finish on the medal stand. His top finish came in 2008, when the Tigers placed second to Harvard in the Eastern grand final. Princeton had lost to Harvard during the regular season as well.

Crotty served as the head coach for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team in both 2005 and 2006 and served as the assistant junior world championship coach in 2007. He has been coaching crew since he completed his post-graduate studies at Oxford in 1999; he began with a three-year stint at the Loyola Academy Rowing Association in Wilmette, Ill., and in 2003 he moved to West Windsor, N.J., where he coached the Mercer Junior Rowing Club. His varsity eight won the 2004 and 2005 Northeast Junior Regional championships.

A 1998 graduate with a degree in American history, Crotty rowed on several international crews, including the silver medalist U.S. 4- at the 1999 Pan American Games and the silver medalist U.S. Under-23 8+ World Championship squad.

His collegiate rowing career offered Crotty the chance to compete in the biggest competitions in both the United States and Europe. At Princeton, he was part of two IRA national championship teams and an Eastern Sprint champion (1997). He went on to compete for the Oxford Blue Boat in the 145th Boat Race against Cambridge University.

Crotty has extensive administrative experience, including a two-year term as the executive director of the Princeton International Regatta Association and a two-year term as the Co-Director for the Annual Fund at Loyola Academy. He served as the class president for the Princeton Class of 1998, a position into which he was elected by his classmates, from 2003 through 2008.

Year Overall Ivy EARCs IRAs
2010 7-1 4-1 1st 1st
2011 8-1 4-1 4th 5th
2012 5-4 3-2 3rd 6th
2013 6-3 2-3 5th 6th
2014 7-3 3-3 3rd 5th
2015 8-3 3-3 3rd 4th
2016 8-2 4-2 3rd 3rd
2017 6-4 3-3 5th 5th
2018 10-1 5-1 2nd 2nd
Totals 65-22 31-19 6 medals (2 gold) 3 medal (2 gold)