Hartford, Conn., January 22, 2009 - Lawrence Gluckman (Wethersfield, Conn.) has announced his retirement, effective at the end of June, as head coach of the Trinity College men's rowing team. Gluckman has been responsible for the vast and rapid ascension of Trinity's men's crew program to elite status, having guided the varsity eight to a 42-4 record in dual races during his tenure. Trinity has captured two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) National Invitational gold medals and one ECAC silver medal, three gold medals at the Head of the Charles Regatta, and both the last four New England Rowing Championship titles and the last four New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship crowns with Coach Gluckman at the helm. The Joy of Sculling Collegiate Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2007, Gluckman gained international renown for the College when his varsity eight crew won the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2005 and earned a silver medal in the same event last summer.
"I was elated to hire Coach Gluckman due to his exemplary national and international reputation in the rowing community, and he has lived up to his billing in every way possible," said Trinity Athletic Director Richard Hazelton. "His team's successes have been immense and unbelievable. Having a coach of his caliber here at Trinity has been amazing for our rowers, as well as the parents, alumni, and all of us associated with the program."
In addition, Gluckman upgraded the schedule, giving Trinity student-athletes the opportunity to compete against the top Division I, II, and III programs on both coasts, and revitalized Trinity's strong alumni base. He played a major role in the completion of the third floor of the Friends of Trinity Rowing boathouse, which has become one of the premier facilities in all of collegiate rowing. Through his tireless administrative and fundraising efforts, the Trinity crews now have the benefits of the latest state-of-the art equipment and a soon-to-be-completed improved dock on the Connecticut River. Coach Gluckman leaves the College with the premier small college men's rowing program that finished the last two seasons as the only Division III institution ranked among the nation's top 25 and in the top 15 among all colleges in all divisions.
Prior to Trinity, Gluckman was the head coach at Columbia, Dartmouth, and Princeton, and then moved to Northern Vermont to work for Concept2 Rowing. Gluckman will coach his final season with the Trinity crews this spring, but will remain connected to the sport developing competitive rowing programs at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in Vermont.
"Returning to college coaching was difficult for me because my wife and I were so happy with our life in Vermont, but it was something I knew in my heart that I had to do," states Gluckman. "With the team so strong now and the program where I had hoped it would be, I decided this was the right time to step down and move back to the place that we loved so much. Trinity College, despite having the most difficult water, has been, top-to-bottom, the best place I have ever worked. I am extremely excited to experience my final season coaching the Bantam crews. This is the deepest group we have had since my arrival at Trinity, and I am very much looking forward to see what we can do this spring," added Gluckman.