PHILADELPHIA--Olympian Tom Paradiso C'02 returns to Penn, joining the Nicholas B. Paumgarten Head Coach of Men's Heavyweight Rowing Greg Myhr's staff as an assistant coach.
"I feel very fortunate to have Tom joining us here at Penn," said Myhr. "He is very highly regarded in the rowing community. As a Philadelphia native who graduated from Penn and then went on to compete on the U.S. National Team and at the Olympics, Tom represents an athletic success story that we hope to perpetuate in the years to come. Most importantly, though, I feel quite certain that Tom has the personality and the drive to make an immediate impact on this team and on our recruiting. I really cannot express how thrilled I am to have him on board."
A native of the Philadelphia area, Paradiso is an eight-year veteran on the U.S. national team. Most recently, his lightweight 8+ won gold at the World Championship in Austria. In total, he has earned four World Championship medals. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Paradiso earned a seat in the lightweight men's 4- where the U.S. finished 11th.
Prior to joining the Quakers' staff, Paradiso coached high school rowers at Mercer Junior Rowing Club in West Windsor, N.J. In 2005, Tom coached the varsity girls' lightweight 8+ to MJRC's first-ever women's team appearance and silver medal at the USRowing Youth National Championships.
While rowing for Penn, Paradiso was the recipient of the 2002 Dreyfuss Award for character. With the Quakers, he rowed with the first varsity junior and senior year. The summer following his sophomore year, Paradiso won a club national championship in the intermediate single.
Paradiso is set to wed Elpi Pagitsas, who rowed at Wisconsin before graduating in 2003. She is also involved with U.S. Rowing and traveled with the U.S. team to the Beijing Olympics as a team manager.
Paradiso started rowing at Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia in 1995, winning the first USRowing Youth Invitational in the Junior Men's 4x in 1998.
In addition to coaching, Paradiso has worked in marketing at JAGTAG and Noize Pollution Music Marketing.