Joe Fallon returns for his sixth year of involvement with the Yale Men's Lightweight Crew team and second as coach of the Eli freshmen. In 2007, his inaugural season, Joe led his top-ranked first freshman boat to a gold medal at the Eastern Sprints and a 9-1 regular season record. The second freshman boat also performed admirably, winning the HYP title and a bronze medal at the Sprints. Joe's freshmen also competed at the IRA in the men's freshman four with coxswain race, an event filled with both lightweight and heavyweight crews from across the country. The Yale 1F 4+ won the silver medal behind a talented heavyweight crew from California. In finishing second, the Yale Lightweights maintained their undefeated status against perennial lightweight rivals Princeton (4th) and Harvard (6th).
The freshmen have excelled under Joe's tutelage in his two fall racing seasons. At the Belly of the Carnegie in 2006, the lightweight freshman recorded Yale's best combined-time finish in the history of the regatta, finishing second to the U.S. Naval Academy. A spirited group of freshman in 2007 also finished second, only 3.8 seconds behind first place in combined-time. This performance helped Yale win the Belly Bowl for the first time since 1998. The Belly Bowl is awarded to the team with the fastest combined times from all 3 teams (lightweight, heavyweight and women).
While at Yale as an undergraduate, Joe rowed under Andy Card on the first varsity beginning his sophomore year and was elected Captain as a senior. As a Yale lightweight oarsman, Joe has competed and won at the highest level of collegiate lightweight rowing. Joe's varsity boat won the gold medal at the 2005 IRA National Championship Regatta after finishing a close second at the EARC Sprints. The National Championship performance earned Joe's crew a trip to the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England, where they competed against an accomplished international field in the Temple Challenge Cup. The crew raced its way to the Finals, where they fell to Trinity College, USA. Joe's Eastern Sprints history includes a one silver and two bronze medals. In the coxless four event at the 2004 IRA, Joe and three other sophomores won the silver medal in a thrilling come-from-behind race.
Joe graduated from Yale in 2006 as a double major in Economics and Anthropology.