Steve Gladstone, regarded as one of the premier rowing coaches in the United States, was named the new head coach of Yale's heavyweight crew for the 2010-11 season. In his time at the head of the program, the Heavyweight Crew has seen improvement in every season. In the 2013-14 season, the varsity saw its best finishes in nearly a decade, finishing sixth at both Eastern Sprints and the IRA National Championship.
"I could not be more pleased to be coaching the heavyweight men at Yale," Gladstone said. "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. Most 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 tie him with 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 113-year history of the championship. Over that same period, he directed Cal to seven of 12 Pac-10 championships.
"We are thrilled to have this legendary coach join the Yale staff and return to a campus community, where he does his best work," Yale Director of Athletics Tom Beckett said. "His expertise and experience will benefit everyone involved with Yale rowing."
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.
Joel Scrogin joined the Yale Men’s Heavyweight Crew program in the fall of 2010. Scrogin is a 1999 graduate of Brown University and served as an assistant coach for the Bears from 2004 until 2007. Scrogin acts as an assistant coach for the Elis, working alongside Gladstone.
As an undergraduate at Brown, Scrogin’s freshman crew won Eastern Sprints and finished second at IRA’s and first at the Eastern Sprints. He was a member Brown's current Head Coach Paul Cooke’s first freshman class. As an upperclassman Scrogin rowed in the varsity and would go on to represent the U.S. at the Nations Cup (now recognized as the World U23 Championships) in the quad.
After graduating from Brown with a B.A. in History, Scrogin briefly held a position as an investment banker with Thomas Weisel Partners in Boston. Scrogin was also a founding member of an online travel company, Weekends.com, before returning to his alma mater to coach at St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Mass.
In 2003, Scrogin enrolled in a Master's Course in Comparative International Education at Oxford . He raced in the Blue Boat in the 150th Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, sitting in four seat. After Oxford, Joel took up a position as Assistant Coach at Brown where he stayed for three years. In that time the team and coaches turned the program around finishing third and fourth nationally in his last two years.
More recently Scrogin served as assistant coach at California Rowing Club. There he worked with athletes feeding into the U.S. Senior National and Olympic teams, as well as coordinated USRowing U23 ID Camps. Scrogin has coached crews at the Senior World Championships, at FISA World Cup Regattas, and at the World U23 Championships where in 2009 his 4- crew earned a silver medal, the first ever medal in that event for the U.S.
Sam Baum, a 2009 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, is in his fourth year as the recruiting coordinator for Yale Heavyweight Crew. His role includes working with the third varsity and second freshman squads and overseeing domestic and international recruiting.
Before coming to Yale, Baum was the head coach at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif., where, over two years, the crew program markedly strengthened.
At Penn, Baum stroked the freshmen eight that won the Eastern Sprints and took bronze at the IRA National Championship in 2006. He went on to receive the most valuable rower award that spring. As an upperclassman, Baum stroked the varsity eight for several of the spring cup races.
Prior to his time at Penn, Baum attended Berkeley High School in Berkeley, Calif., and rowed for the Oakland Strokes, winning three state titles and placing second at US Rowing Youth National Championship in the 8+.
Phillip Brunner joins Yale’s heavyweight crew program as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2014 – 2015 season. Phil is an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, having graduated in May 2011. As a rower at Notre Dame, he was a four-year member of the Irish crew team (2007 - 2011).
After graduating, Phil was the novice rowing coach at Notre Dame for one year before serving as Notre Dame’s men’s head coach for the past two years. While working at Notre Dame, he expanded the scope of the team’s recruiting, bringing in the largest recruited class in the program’s history. He also trained members of the team with little to no experience in the sport, developing them into competitive oarsmen. The past two summers, Brunner worked at the Pennsylvania Athletic Club and the New York Athletic Club, respectively.
Steve Newark, a 2008 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, joins Yale for the 2014-2015 season. Prior to coming to Yale, he served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps.
At Penn, Steve stroked the freshman eight to fourth place finishes at Eastern Sprints and the IRA National Championship in 2005. As an upperclassmen, he stroked the varsity eight throughout the 2005-2006 season.
Prior to his time at Penn, Steve attended Belmont Hill School where he was a member of their 2003 national champion 4+. He was a member of the 2003 Junior National Team 8 that earned silver in Athens. He has won multiple national championships in 4’s and 8’s.