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Colin Farrell
Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: Cornell
Graduating Year: 2005
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 215-746-0302
Email: colinfar@upenn.edu
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Colin Farrell officially took over the duties as head coach of the Penn lightweights on July 1, 2014 and is entering his third season with the Quakers on Boathouse Row after he served as an assistant coach for the Red and Blue during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.

In his first year at Penn, Farrell guided the Red and Blue to their first freshman medal in 23 years. The Quakers finished the regular season undefeated against the Ivy League and earned the bronze at EARC Sprints. Last year, the Quakers bested that performance at Sprints. Farrell's freshmen won gold for just the second time in program history -- and earned the first gold for any Penn boat at Sprints since the varsity in 1976.

Just prior to settling in at Penn, Farrell coached the Under-23 lightweight four at the World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania, where they finished seventh overall with a first-place finish in the petite final. In 2011, Farrell coached that boat to a ninth-place finish at the World Championships.

Farrell comes to the Quakers after a successful three-year stint as freshmen coach at Yale, helping the Bulldogs' frosh eight to EARC Sprints championships in 2011 and 2012. In the regular season, Farrell's freshmen crews went undefeated each of his last two seasons on their way to EARC Sprints gold, with a Farrell-guided third varsity eight also posting an undefeated season in 2011. Also in 2011, Farrell was part of a coaching staff that put together a national championship - Yale's first since 2005 - with a win at the IRA Regatta in the varsity eight.

Prior to his tenure at Yale, Farrell served as the Heavyweight Men's Rowing Intern at his alma mater - Cornell - during the 2008-09 season. Primarily responsible for the third varsity eight, Farrell guided that boat to an undefeated regular season and a third-place finish at EARC Sprints.

Before entering the coaching ranks, Farrell was a three-time U.S. National team rower, winning a Gold Medal at the 2008 World Championships in the lightweight eight after trips to Worlds in 2006 and 2007 in lightweight fours.

While competing for the Big Red, Farrell was a three-time letterwinner and two-time captain for a program which claimed a Silver Medal at the 2005 IRA Regatta following a Bronze Medal at Sprints that same season. In 2003, Farrell claimed Bronze in the lightweight pair at IRAs after beginning his career with Bronze Medals in the freshman four at IRAs and freshman eights at Sprints in 2002. Farrell graduated from Cornell with a degree in Psychology in 2005.

A Philadelphia native, Farrell rowed in high school at Saint Joseph's Prep, winning four Stotesbury Cup Regattas, four Catholic League titles, three SRA Regattas and a pair of Philadelphia City championships.

Farrell and his wife, Ellie, reside in Moorestown, N.J., with their son, Kellan. 

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