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Crew has a long and storied history at WPI. As the program transitioned into the athletic program 20 years ago, Larry Noble was charged with the task of leading the way and the Engineers have tasted success ever since.
Under the guidance of the 2017 Joy of Sculling Men's Division III Collegiate Coach of the Year, the varsity eight hoisted the Rusty Callow Trophy for the first time in 38 years when the crew handily defeated defending champion Bates at the New England Rowing Championship—the novice four also struck gold for the Crimson and Gray. A week later, Noble was feted as Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, and first since 2010, following a bronze medal performance by the varsity eight at the National Invitational Rowing Championship.
In addition to a collegiate four gold at the 2010 Head of the Charles and a title at the 2016 ECAC Championships, Noble’s crews have made significant strides during his tenure with the Engineers. The program turned from a club sport to a varsity sport upon his arrival. Since the fall of 1999, WPI has jumped from five varsity athletes to a very solid program that now includes over 50 members. At the 2005 New England Championships, the Crimson and Gray captured the Varsity Four title. Two years later, all five boats made the finals for the first time in the program's history.
“Coach Noble not only continues to build on the success that WPI Crew experienced with winning NERCs in 2005 and 2017, he continues to build an amazing alumni base that cares so much for the program," reflected former rower and current longtime assistant coach Bryan Pursell ’05. “Over his twenty years of coaching at WPI he has changed so many lives and continues to do so just by being himself and listening, helping, and pushing his rowers and coxswains”.
WPI has dominated the Baker Cup (Tufts) and fared well in the Class of 2013 Cup (Wesleyan, Colby, UMass) in the past decade. The Class of 2009 Cup belonged to the Engineers all four times it was contested versus RIT (2009–2012), while the McCarthy-McGee Challenge Cup (BC) remained in the DRC following the 2016 and 2017 regattas.
Noble’s charges have also had success on the international stage. The Engineers won the intermediate eight at the Reading Town Regatta, the warm-up for the prestigious Royal Henley Regatta in 2009. Seven years later, the Crimson and Gray won the freshman four. Individually, a quartet of Boynton Hillers have represented Team USA on the international stage, including Hank Moore ’11, Ben Johnson ’11, Tobin McGee ’10, and John Madura ’11.
Larry came to WPI from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he was head crew coach from 1994-99. Before that coached novices at his alma mater’s Columbia and Virginia. He lives in Storrs, Conn., with his wife, Melanie, their two children, Beth and Christopher.