June 4, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Will Porter, who guided the Yale varsity eight to the first NCAA Rowing Championship in school history, has been named the Division I CRCA Coach of the Year. Yale's varsity eight had its first undefeated season since 1979, culminating with a nearly two-second victory in the Grand Final at the NCAA Championships. As a team, the Bulldogs placed fourth at the NCAAs, the second highest finish in school history.
"This season was truly about this team and the athletes on it," Porter said. "They made the choice to commit to being the best, and they did the work. I appreciate the recognition from my peers. There really is no higher honor than to be recognized by fellow coaches. They are the ones who know how hard it is to get a varsity crew together and up to speed."
Porter led Yale's varsity to a perfect 12-0 record in the dual race season this spring and then a victory at the Eastern Sprints for the second time in the last three years. The Bulldogs also captured the Charles Willing Jr. Team trophy for overall supremacy at Eastern Sprints.
Porter, who recently completed his eighth season as Yale's head coach, has guided the team to a berth in the NCAA Championship in each of the last seven years. His overall record at Yale is 65-15.
"Nobody does this alone," Porter said. "I want to thank my assistant coaches, the team, the Athletic Department at Yale and most of all my wife."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity