PHILADELPHIA The University of Pennsylvania Director of Athletics, Steve Bilsky, announced that longtime men’s heavyweight crew coach Stan Bergman has resigned his coaching position and been named Director of Rowing Affairs for the school. Bergman will continue to coach the Quakers through the 2006 season, and then begin his new role within the athletic department on July 1.
In his new position, Bergman will continue to be a presence within the Penn rowing community. He will work with the Development office in alumni relations and with the Friends of Penn Rowing. Stan will represent the University at rowing events and at meetings of the various organizations governing rowing. He will also coordinate Penn’s rowing facilities with Athletics Operations.
“We are pleased that Stan has accepted this new position,” said Bilsky. “As distinguished as his performance has been over the years, his true legacy is the incredible impact he has had on the lives of all the rowers he has coached over the last two decades.”
“I am pleased to be continuing my association with the University,” said Bergman. “It is my hope to continue to contribute and be a positive impact on the strong tradition of Pennsylvania rowing. Collegiate rowing allows our young men and women to compete at a high level, and challenges them to put forth their best effort individually and as a team on a daily basis. My job has always been about revealing the best in those student-athletes who compete as Pennsylvania rowers, both on and off the water.”
About to enter his 22nd season at Penn, Bergmana four-time Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) Coach of the Yearhas accumulated quite a list of accomplishments. He guided the heavyweight team to the 1991 national championship, IRA Championship titles in 1989 and 1992, as well as four Eastern Sprints titles (1986, 1991, 1996, 1998). Bergman has compiled 110 career victories in his 21 years at Penn, and has coached five rowers who went on to compete in the Olympic Games.
In his second season at Penn, Bergman led the Quakers to their best season in 16 years, claiming the Ivy League championship and finishing the Cup season with an 8-1 record. That same year, the heavyweight crew traveled to the Amsterdam Invitational and the Henley Royal Regatta, placing second in both competitions. In 1990, Bergman coached the Red and Blue to an 8-0 record, only their second undefeated cup race season; the following year, in 1991, he led the Quakers to a national championship when the varsity eight won the Cincinnati Regatta.
Bergman enjoyed one of the most successful seasons of his coaching career in 1998, as the Quakers’ heavyweights captured both the Eastern Sprints and Ivy League championships. The season culminated with the team competing at the Henley Royal Regatta in England.In 1996, the crew won the Eastern Sprints, placed third at the IRA Championships, and finished second at the national championships.
Prior to being appointed as the 12th head coach at Penn, Bergman was the head coach at Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, N.J., as well as an assistant coach at Penn. At Holy Spirit, he took the crews to three championships at Henley, coached 18 national schoolboy championship boats, and had 22 boats win city championship titles. Bergman has also coached on the international level four times, including as an assistant to the 1979 Pan American gold-medal eight.
A 1966 Glassboro State graduate, Bergman began coaching at Holy Spirit in 1964, leaving four years later to take a position as assistant rowing coach at Columbia University.A year later, he returned to Holy Spirit, where he remained until 1977 when he joined the Quakers as an assistant coach under Ted Nash for two seasons. As assistant heavyweight coach at Penn, Bergman’s freshman eight claimed the 1977 Eastern Sprints Championship. From 1979 until his return to Penn in 1984, Bergman coached both the Holy Spirit team as well as the Viking Rowing Club of Ventnor, N.J.
A national search for Bergman’s successor as Penn’s heavyweight crew coach will begin immediately.