Steve Gladstone, Yale’s Craig W. Johnson '68 Head Coach of Heavyweight Crew
Steve Gladstone, regarded as one of the premier rowing coaches in the United States, was named the head coach of Yale's heavyweight crew in 2010 and his first spring racing season was 2011. Yale Heavyweight Crew has risen to new heights under his leadership, and Gladstone was rewarded with a 2015 USRowing Medal while being named Ivy League Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016.
In 2014-15, the varsity saw its best finishes in nearly a decade, taking the Eastern Sprints and beating Harvard at the 150th Yale-Harvard Regatta. The varsity went on to defeat national champion Washington in the final of the Ladies' Challenge Plate at the Henley Royal Regatta.
The Yale heavyweight varsity eight went on to take the 2015 Head of the Charles and then the 2016 Eastern Sprints before finishing second at the national championships.
"I could not be more pleased to be coaching the heavyweight men at Yale," Gladstone said when he was hired. "To be a part of Yale's storied rowing tradition is indeed an honor."
Gladstone led the University of California men's crew program to six IRA championships during two coaching stints with the Golden Bears and also served as the director of rowing operations at Brown where he won four Eastern Sprints titles. More recently, he was a director at the California Rowing Club, helping develop post-graduate oarsmen for the U.S. National Team.
Gladstone's 11 IRA championships place him three behind Charles "Pop" Courtney of Cornell (1901-15) for the most varsity eight titles in the history of collegiate rowing. In all, Gladstone's Cal crews medaled at the IRA regatta 11 times in his 12 seasons since 1997 - five gold and six bronze – an unprecedented achievement in the long history of the championship. Over that same period, he directed Cal to seven of 12 Pac-10 championships.
During his first term at Cal from 1973-80, Gladstone guided the Bears to three undefeated dual-race seasons, an IRA title in 1976 and a Pac-10 championship in 1979.
As the director of rowing operations at Brown from 1981-94, Gladstone's crew triumphed four times at the Eastern Sprints, five times at the IRA regatta and twice at the National Collegiate Rowing Championships.
He returned to Cal in 1997, taking over a program that finished as high as third at IRAs just once since his 1980 departure. The Bears saw immediate success, capturing a bronze medal at the national regatta in 1997 and running off a string of four consecutive championships from 1999-2002.
From 2001-04, Gladstone added the director of athletics role to his duties at Cal, overseeing a department that placed ninth in the Directors' Cup for overall excellence in 2003 and 2004 and won five national team championships.
Gladstone began his coaching career in 1966 as freshman coach at Princeton for three years. He then took over as varsity lightweight coach at Harvard, leading the Crimson to four straight undefeated seasons, four titles at the Eastern Sprints and victories in the 1971 Thames Challenge Cup and Wyfold Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in England. During his tenure at Harvard, he served as the U.S. National team coach (1969 and 1973) and was a selector for the 1972 U.S. Olympic team.
A 1964 Syracuse graduate, Gladstone has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Amateur Oarsmen and has also been a member of the Men's Olympic Rowing Committee. In 1984, he served as ABC's analyst for rowing events at the Los Angeles Olympics. He worked in the same capacity for NBC at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988.