Lightweight Rowing Adds Colin Farrell to Coaching Staff

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Lightweight rowing head coach Nick Baker announced the hiring of current National Team Under-23 coach Colin Farrell as an assistant coach with primary responsibilities as coach of the novice boats on Friday, welcoming the former three-time national team member to University City.

"I am very excited to have Colin join the lightweight rowing staff at Penn," Baker said. "He is a phenomenal coach who is well respected not only in the Ivy League but on the National level. His accomplishments as a rower - both at the collegiate and international level -as well as his success as a coach at both Cornell and Yale make him a great fit for our staff. I believe Colin will be a tremendous teacher as well as motivator to our student-athletes."

Prior to settling in at Penn, Farrell will coach the Under-23 lightweight four at the World Championships in Trakai, Lithuania in July. Last year, 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. This past season, the win the novice eight was part of a Jope Cup title for the Bulldogs as overall champions at EARC Sprints.

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.

In the regular season, Farrell's freshmen crews have gone undefeated each of the last two season on their way to EARC Sprints gold, with a Farrell-guided third varsity eight also posting an undefeated season in 2011.

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.