University Of Massachusetts Unveils Rowing Boathouse
Sept. 11, 2013
HADLEY, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Athletic Department unveiled its latest facility upgrade on Sunday, Sept. 8, as the UMass rowing program debuted its new boathouse with a ceremony for fans and alumni.
The facility features three bay doors to allow the team to store and maintain boats within the approximately 72'-by-80' structure. Also included in the boathouse are team areas and a locker room as well as space to store training and competition equipment. It will be heated to allow for a comfortable, climate-controlled workspace for the program year-round.
On Sunday, a group of alumni celebrated the facility with a ceremonial rowing of the team's boats, starting at the old boathouse before moving under the Calvin Coolidge Bridge to the new structure at 1 p.m. The event featured keynote speeches by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, Massachusetts Athletic Director John McCutcheon, UMass Rowing Head Coach Jim Dietz and program alumnae and current Executive Director and Founder of Row New York, Amanda Kraus.
The UMass rowing team has been the most successful program in the history of the Atlantic 10 Conference, winning 13 league championships. The Minutewomen claimed victory in the first 12 Atlantic 10 Championships from 1996-2007. In his time as the program leader, Jim Dietz has been named the league's Coach of the Year on seven occasions. An Olympian, Dietz is the only head coach in UMass rowing team history since it became a Division I sport at UMass.