Saratoga Springs, NY --- WPI head men's rowing coach Larry Noble collected 2017 Jim Joy Conference Division III Men's Coach of the Year hardware Saturday during the annual coaches conference awards luncheon.
Last year's campaign was an impressive one for the NIRC Coach of the Year and his team. The Varsity Eight won the New England Championship and finished third at the National Invitational Rowing Championships, while the Freshman Four tasted victory at Reading Town Regatta, the lead up to the prestigious Royal Henley Regatta. The Varsity Eight fared well at both events across the pond by making the Reading finals and earning a spot in the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley.
Over the years Noble's crews have won numerous cups and trophies on Lake Quinsigamond. In 2017 the Engineers retained the Class of 2003 Cup versus Wesleyan, Colby and UMass, the McCarthy/McGee Challenge Cup versus BC, and defeated Tufts to claim the Baker Cup for the 12th consecutive season, to go with a handful of second place finishes. During the fall season, the Varsity Eight won the Jim Polcari Open Eight Race at the Textile River Regatta and placed fourth to medal at the iconic Head of the Charles.
The Division I Men's Coach of the Year was Yale's Steve Gladstone who guided the team to the 2017 IRA Championship. On the women's side, the D-III Coach of the Year was Peter Steenstra and Division I Coach of the Year was Yasmin Farroq for leading Bates and Washington to their respective 2017 NCAA Championships.
Men's Rowing begins its 20th spring under Noble's guidance, and as a varsity program, on April 7 with the Class of 2013 Cup versus Wesleyan, Colby, UMass and Hamilton on Lake Quinsigamond.