NEW YORK – After a nationwide search, Columbia University Athletics has named Nich Parker as its new Head Coach of Lightweight Rowing, Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education announced today.

Parker has spent the last four years with the Lions, two as an assistant coach for the Columbia heavyweight program before spending the last two seasons on Scott Alwin’s lightweight rowing coaching staff.

In 2013, Parker assisted Alwin to guiding the lightweights to a bronze medal at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships and a berth in the Henley Royal Regatta.

“We are thrilled to retain Nich at Columbia to be our Head Coach of Lightweight Rowing,” said Dr. Murphy. “He is a hard-working, talented coach who possesses the qualities and competencies to lead our Lightweight program to continued success.”

Parker joined the Columbia varsity heavyweight rowing coaching staff in 2010 while assisting with the U.S. Rowing Boys Junior National Development team.  With the junior team, Parker coached crews to two National Championship titles and two silver medal performances at the 2009 USRowing Club Nationals.  At the same time, Parker designed the team's physical training program.

“Columbia University and The Ivy League are renowned for their wonderful tradition in this amazing sport. We are proud to have Nich part of our historic program.” added Murphy. “I know that our alumni, student-athletes, parents, fans and friends will provide Nich with all the support he needs to be successful.”

From 2007-09, Parker also did double duty, serving as the program coordinator and head coach of the New Haven Rowing Club while assisting with the Yale varsity heavyweight crew.

During his time at Yale, Parker assisted with three Yale crews that placed among the top-12 at the 2008 IRA Regatta and led the third varsity to a fourth-place finish at the 2009 Eastern Sprints.

Prior to his time in Connecticut, Parker was the head freshmen coach at Purdue. In 2006-07, he led the Boilermakers' freshmen to regional gold and silver medals and the freshmen lightweight eight to a bronze medal finish at the Dad Vail Regatta.

Parker graduated from The Ohio State University, where he also was a varsity women's rowing assistant coach in 2005-06.  Parker holds a master's degree from Purdue in Sports Administration and Pedagogy.