In 2015-16, Andy Card enters his 28th year with the Yale Lightweight Crew and his 27th as the head coach.
During the 2015 campaign, all Y150 crews finished the regular season with winning records, and all crews raced in the grand finals of the EARC Sprints. Season highlights include a bronze and gold medal finish in the LM4- and LM4+ at the 2015 IRA Regatta.
In 2014, Card’s first varsity eight was yet again one of the fastest in the league, winning the silver medal at the EARC Sprints Championship and the squad finished 2nd in Jope Cup points after winning the overall team trophy in 2013 and 2012.
Andy’s program not only consistently puts Yale crews on the podium, but also does a remarkable job preparing the very best athletes for international competition. In the summer of 2015, Matt O’Donoghue ’14 and Brendan Harrington ’14 were selected to compete for the United States at the Pan American Games, and Austin Velte '16 qualified for the U23 team by winning the trial in the LM2x. In the summer of 2014, there were five Y150 men who have been selected to U23 and Senior National Teams. Joseph Hanlon and Andrew Hakanson ’11 were selected to the USA LM8+. Joshua Mann ’14 and Matthew O’Donoghue ’14 raced in the USA U23 LM4- across from Matthew Segal ’16 who had been named to the U23 LM4- for Team Canada. These international appearances follow the recent success of Thomas Swartz ’13 and Rhodes Scholar recipient William Zeng ’11, each of whom were selected to the Oxford Blue Boat. Their Yale training served them well, as they won their seat races against heavyweight teammates to earn a place among the top boat. Swartz and his crew won the 2014 edition of the race by eleven boat-lengths over Cambridge.
The 2011 to 2013 stretch has brought much team success to the Elis.
Following the 2011 national championship season and undefeated Sprints champion seasons for the 1F and 3V, the 2012 season brought home a championship of another kind: the Jope Cup for overall team supremacy in the EARC, as well as two more undefeated Sprints championships for the Second Varsity (Cornell Trophy) and the First Freshman (Kilpatrick Cup), and a hard-fought IRA bronze medal for the varsity.
Then in 2013, the Elis pulled off back-to-back Jope Cups at the Sprints, with the 1V’s silver medal and the 1F’s gold medal pushing the Elis to overall team supremacy.
In 2011, Card's Y150 varsity persevered through some late-season losses through a bronze medal finish at the Sprints before a classic race at the IRA, resulting in a stunning 0.022 second national championship victory in Camden.
It was then back to Henley Royal Royal Regatta for Card and crew, where they made it to the Friday races at HRR before falling to the Sprints champion Harvard heavy freshmen.
2009 was also a memorable year, with a stunning varsity silver medal at the IRA, and an undefeated second varsity EARC Sprints championship, as well as bronze medals for the 1F and 3V. 2008 saw a double-bronze at Sprints and IRAs for the varsity, and a second consecutive freshman Sprints title.
A remarkable campaign in 2005 saw Card's 150s win their third national championship in six years. Over the course of his 33 years as a rower and a coach, Card has become well acquainted with the Jope Cup, symbolic of overall lightweight team supremacy in the EARC, winning it thirteen times since 1981. The 2002 Jope Cup victory was Yale's first ever repeat win of the Jope, and Yale's fifth overall since Card arrived in New Haven in 1988. Card's crews have won three varsity Sprints titles (1990, 2001, and 2002) and five IRA national championship titles (1990, 2000, 2002, 2005, and 2011).
Additionally, Card's 2000 varsity lightweights won something that no other collegiate lightweight crew had done before: a clean run through the field to claim the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. That Yale Lightweight win was the first time a collegiate lightweight crew won the event since the Temple's inception in 1990, and it was the first time a collegiate lightweight crew had won at Henley since 1978. Card's 2005 varsity edition made it to the finals -- only the fourth lightweight crew to do so -- but fell to the heavyweight varsity from Trinity College Hartford.
From 2000 to 2005, Andy Card's Yale Lightweights had a remarkable run of success:
- Won the 2005 IRA National Championship for the third time in six years
- Won the 2002 IRA National Championship for the second time in three years
- Won the 2002 Jope Cup for overall lightweight team supremacy two years in a row
- Won the 2002 Eastern Sprints in the 1V, 1F, and 3V, with a silver in the 2V
- Won the 2001 Eastern Sprints in the 1V and 2V, setting course records in both events
- Won the 2001 Jope Cup for overall lightweight team supremacy
- Won 13 medals out of 15 chances in three years at Sprints (6 golds, 6 silvers, and 1 bronze)
- Won the Lightweight 8+ at the Head of the Charles two years in a row (2000 & 2001). The 2000 crew was the first collegiate lightweight crew to win the Charles since 1979.
- Won the 2000 Temple Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta, the first collegiate lightweight crew to win at Henley since 1974
- Won the 2000 IRA National Championship
- Won three straight Goldthwait Cups (H-Y-P title)
- Three years of undefeated varsity regular season records, including the San Diego Crew Classic in 2000 & 2002
- 2001 regular season record of 34-1 for five crews (V, 2V, 3V, 1F, 2F)
- Top collegiate finisher at the 1999 Head of the Charles, 1999 and 2000 Head of the Schuylkill, and the 1999 Princeton Chase
Card began his varsity head coaching career in 1990 by leading the Yale lightweights to an undefeated season and first place at the EARC Sprints and the National Championship before traveling to the Henley Royal Regatta in England. During the 1991 and 1992 seasons, the Elis won two additional Harvard-Yale-Princeton races, marking the first time since 1930-1932 that Yale had captured three straight Goldthwait Cups. Card's J.V. crews have won the Sprints four times and have also been to Henley. The most recent trip to Henley in 2001 saw the Yale 2V make it to the semi-final of four crews in the Temple Challenge Cup before losing, going farther than four EARC varsity lightweight crews in the draw.
Card has had coaching success on the international level as well. At the 1993 World Rowing Championships at Roudnice, Czech Republic, Card's U.S. Lightweight 4- won the gold medal, the first gold medal ever for the United States in that event. Most recently, Card helped coach the USA Men's Lightweight 8+ to a Worlds silver in 1998 and America's first gold medal since 1973 at St. Catharine's in 1999.
A 1985 graduate of Princeton, Card rowed on three Eastern Sprints Championship crews. While serving as captain in his senior year, the varsity eight went undefeated and won both the Eastern Sprints and Kennedy Cup (IRA). In addition, he represented the Tigers on two trips to Henley in 1983 and 1985. Prior to attending Princeton, he had no competitive rowing experience.
Card also served as the Princeton freshman lightweight coach for two seasons (1986 & 1987) following his graduation. Both years the Tiger freshmen went undefeated and took Eastern Sprint titles.