PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania's director of athletics, Steve Bilsky, has announced the hiring of Greg Myhr as the Nicholas B. Paumgarten Head Coach of Men's Heavyweight Crew.
"I'm thrilled to be joining the Penn community," said Myhr. "Penn Rowing is one of the most storied programs in the country, with an immensely long and successful history. I am honored and frankly humbled at the opportunity to join this legacy. Though I am new to the Ivy League, I have spent 17 years as an athlete and a coach in the EARC conference-I know firsthand how tough the competition is and also how dominant Penn has been over the years. In conversations with the administration, the alums, and some of the athletes it is clear to me that the necessary elements are in place to compete and recruit at the highest levels. I feel incredibly fortunate to be joining a team that is poised and ready to again make its mark in the Ivy League and beyond."
Myhr comes to Penn with 14 years of coaching experience in the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC), most recently as the head coach at George Washington University since August 2005. During his time at GW, Myhr moved the Colonials from the ECAC/Dad Vail leagues to the EARC, and in 2007 the program achieved a first when its varsity, second varsity and freshman eights were all invited to the IRA National Championships (success that was repeated in both 2008 and 2009).
George Washington took ninth place at the 2009 Eastern Sprints, a five-place jump from 2008 which earned the Colonials an automatic bid into the IRA Championships. GW then took 15th at IRAs and finished with the No. 15 standing in the national Ten Eyck team standings. In addition, the varsity won five dual races against EARC competitors.
Under Myhr's direction, George Washington was named the second-most improved program in the country at the 2007 IRA Championships, and was the third-most improved team at the 2009 Championships.
"Having served as athletics director at George Washington, I can truly appreciate Greg's accomplishments with that program," said Bilsky. "He is the type of person who will unite and mobilize all those who care about Penn Rowing and we welcome him to Philadelphia and the Penn community."
From 2003-05, Myhr was the freshman heavyweight coach at Georgetown University, where he compiled a 6-4 dual race record and assisted the program in its ascension to the EARC. While at Georgetown, he started, organized and coaches a U.S. Olympic Development Camp.
From 1995-2003, Myhr was a coach at his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, serving as an assistant coach from 1995-97 before being promoted to freshman men's coach in 1997. During his stint as the freshman men's head coach, Myhr coached the Badgers' freshman eight to 10 combined grand final showings in 12 appearances at the Eastern Sprints and IRA championships. In addition, his freshman four won IRA titles three straight years, from 1998-2000. Myhr's freshman eight put together a 14-3 record against EARC competition. Overall, Wisconsin was a five-time IRA National Team Champion during his tenure in Madison (1997, 1999-2002).
Myhr rowed at Wisconsin from 1988-92, serving as a team captain and earning the program's Norm Sonju Award for outstanding contribution to the success of the program. He was a bronze medalist with the freshman eight at the 1989 Eastern Sprints; a silver medalist in the straight four at the 1990 IRA Championships; and a silver medalist in the second varsity eight at the 1991 IRAs. He graduated with a degree in philosophy.
A 1988 graduate of Walt Whitman High School (Bethesda, Md.), Myhr as a student conceived and started the first high school rowing program in the state of Maryland.
An active outdoorsman, Myhr has competed in 11 American Birkebeiner ski marathons and the 2002 Wiscons Ironman Triathlon. He also set a rowing marathon record in the men's single in 2000.