NEW YORK - Columbia University Athletics has named Scott Alwin as its new Head Coach of Heavyweight Rowing/Director of Rowing, Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education announced today.

Alwin, who led the Columbia Lightweight Rowing program to a bronze-medal finish at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships and a berth in the Henley Royal Regatta this past season, has been at Columbia since 2007.

“We are excited for Scott to assume the reins of our Heavyweight Rowing program, one of the oldest and most storied athletics teams at Columbia,” remarked Dr. Murphy. “Over the past year, Scott led our lightweights to an outstanding season against top competition. We are confident that he will build our heavyweight program into a championship contender as he did our lightweights.”

In 2013, Alwin was named the Intercollegiate Rowing Association’s Lightweight Coach of the Year after leading the Lions to victories in two challenge cup races (Geiger Cup and Subin Cup) during the regular season, and a third place finish at the National Championships in Sacramento, California in May.

Scott is a 2002 alumnus of the University of Wisconsin, where he competed on the Badgers’ heavyweight crew.

Prior to coming to Columbia, Alwin worked at Princeton University. Alwin’s freshman eight won the gold medal at the 2006 Eastern Sprints, and took silver medals in both 2005 and 2007. The eights won 21 of 25 regular-season spring races. He coached the Tigers’ Open Four to a silver medal at the 2007 IRA Regatta.

“We are thrilled for the future of Columbia Rowing under Scott’s leadership – I am sure that our student-athletes, alumni, parents and friends will provide him with all the support he needs to build a championship program.” Dr. Murphy said. “Columbia Rowing has always produced one of the strongest and most vibrant alumni communities, and we are thrilled to have the support of all the men and women who participated in our rowing program over the years.”

We will begin a national search for our new Head Coach of Lightweight Rowing immediately.