College Sailor Of The Year Takes Position As Assistant Coach
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Thomas Barrows' career as a Yale sailor ended last June, with a sixth-place finish for the Bulldogs at the 2010 ICSA/Gill Dinghy National Championship. He will still ply the waters of Short Beach, recently accepting an assistant coaching position with the team. Barrows' masterful knowledge of the collegiate dinghies and uncanny ability to teach beginners make him an asset to the Bulldogs.
Barrows' ability in a sailboat is unquestioned. This May, he received the William Neely Mallory Trophy, presented on Class Day to the graduating senior male athlete who "best represents the highest ideals of American sportsmanship and Yale tradition." At the conclusion of the National Championship in June, Barrows won the Everett B. Morris Trophy, naming him the College Sailor of the Year. In four years of collegiate racing, Barrows was twice named captain of the Bulldogs, made four appearances at he ICSA/Gill Dinghy National Championship, earned four All-American selections, won one individual national championship, and captained the Bulldogs to the Fowle Trophy, awarded to the best overall team in college sailing. In addition, Barrows represented the U.S. Virgin Islands at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the Laser class and was a member of the 2009 U.S. Team Racing National Championship-winning team.
No longer chasing collegiate national championships of his own, Barrows can take full practices to teach new crews, or provide a benchmark against which the rest of the team can test itself. His knowledge of other teams and venues within the college sailing community will help the Bulldogs prepare for specific events.
This weekend Barrows will begin this new stage of his Yale career by coaching the Women's team at the second annual Antonia Schuman Trophy at MIT.
Report filed by Andrew Kurzrok '11, Yale Sports Publicity