ITHACA, N.Y. - Penn lightweights head coach Colin Farrell is now a Hall of Famer. The former standout at Cornell was inducted into his alma mater's Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Farrell, a 2005 graduate, was inducted in his first year of eligibility, and was one of 11 honored in the 38th Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame Class.
From the Hall of Fame program:
"Farrell was one of the fastest rowers in the nation during his time with the Big Red, leading all four of his varsity boats to medals at the Eastern Sprints. As stroke of the varsity crew, he led Cornell to a combined record of 17-2 over his final two seasons, including a mark of 10-2 in Ivy competition, the best record by a Cornellian as a two-year stroke in more than 50 years. The effort during his senior year was particularly impressive, as the boat suffered injuries that led to four sophomores moving into the varsity eight, but the crew still managed to rise as high as No. 3 in the EARC rankings. As a senior captain, he won Cornell's Mario St. George Boiardi Leadership Award for the athlete most embodying leadership, athleticism, and strong work ethic. Following the season he was the only collegiate rower to be invited to the US national team tryouts. He went on to become 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. He is currently the head coach of the Penn men's lightweight team."
Farrell has spent the last three years as a coach at Penn, including last season as the head coach. In his first season at the helm of the Quakers, Penn posted its best finish at the IRA National Championships in a decade, and reached the Grand Final for just the second time since 1997 en route to a sixth-place showing. The lightweights also claimed the Callow Cup from Navy for just the second time in the last 15 years, and advanced to the IRA regatta for the second time in three seasons -- the program's best stretch since a three-year run from 2005-07.
As an assistant at Penn, Farrell coached the freshmen and guided the Quakers to their first freshman medal at Sprints in 23 years. The Red and Blue freshmen finished the 2012-13 regular season undefeated against the Ivy League and earned the bronze at EARC Sprints. In 2013-14, the freshmen bested that performance at Sprints and won gold for just the second time in program history -- and the first gold for any Penn boat at Sprints since the varsity in 1976.
Farrell and the Quakers begin the 2015-16 season on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Navy Day Regatta and Head of the Housatonic.