Mike Gennaro, a decorated international rowing star, joined the Yale heavyweight coaching staff as an assistant in August of 2016 and made an immediate impact. The Bulldogs captured national championships and EARC Sprints Titles in both 2017 and 2018.
Gennaro, who has been training with the U.S. National Team while coaching in New Jersey, is a former Syracuse University rowing captain whose career blossomed in international competition.
During the summers of 2009, 2010, and 2011, he rowed on the Under-23 United States National team, winning two silvers and a gold medal at the World Rowing Under-23 Championships. He also competed at the 2011 Pan America Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, winning gold medals in both the men's 8 and men's pair.
Gennaro was an alternate for the 2012 United States Olympic Team in London.
"Mike's energy and his extensive international rowing experience will strengthen every element of our program," said Steve Gladstone, the Craig W. Johnson '68 Head Coach of Heavyweight Crew, when Gennaro was hired. "We are delighted to have him here at Yale."
The former St. Joseph's Prep co-captain and Havertown, Pa., resident rowed for the United States Junior National Team at the Beijing Junior World Championships and has been a member of six national teams.
He earned silver in the four at the 2014 World Rowing Championships and won gold in the eight and bronze in the four at the 2014 World Rowing Cup. Gennaro took bronze in the four at the 2013 World Rowing Championships after capturing gold in the four at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup. He also has a silver from the eight at the 2013 Samsung World Rowing Cup.