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Muri Named Head Coach of Womenís Rowing

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HANOVER, N.H.  –  Dartmouth College Director of Athletics & Recreation, Harry Sheehy, announced that Linda Muri has been named head coach of women’s rowing. Muri spent the past 13 years in Cambridge, Massachusetts, as the assistant coach of the Harvard men’s lightweight crew team and brings many years of collegiate and professional experience to the Big Green.

“I am thrilled to welcome Linda to Dartmouth,” said Sheehy. “She brings a wealth of world class and collegiate experience to go along with an unrivaled passion for teaching and coaching. The program is in wonderful hands with Linda at the helm.” 

While at Harvard, Muri significantly contributed to the success of the program by leading the Crimson freshman lightweights to seven Eastern Sprints medals and five IRA medals. Some of her duties included working as the head recruiter, developing and implementing year-round training and injury-prevention programs, and coordinating team travel. Prior to working at Harvard, she had held a similar position at Cornell for three years.

Muri has extensive international coaching experience. She coached former Harvard lightweight rower Andrew Campbell to gold medal finishes in the single sculls event at the 2013 and 2014 World Rowing U23 Championships and a bronze medal in 2012.  She helped guide three United States boats to gold medals at the 2010 World Rowing U23 Championships. In 2004-05, she served as an assistant coach on the U.S. Women's Junior Team, helping the 4- and 2- earn places in the grand final at the junior world championships each year, as well as gold medals at the U.S. national championships in 2005. In 2006, she guided the U-23 men’s lightweight 4- to a seventh place finish at the world championships.

In addition to her coaching responsibilities, Muri also held multiple leadership positions, including serving as the President and Director of the World Indoor Rowing Championships from 2007 through 2013. She served on the Cambridge Boat Club Board of Directors for four years, the Boston Athletic Association Board of Directors for 15 years and the USRowing Board of Directors for over a decade. In 2009, Radcliffe and MIT women’s lightweight crew renamed their annual race the Linda Muri Cup to honor Muri.

During her own career as a rower, Muri was a nine-time U.S. national team member and a three-time world champion. In 1994, she was a semifinalist for the James E. Sullivan Award, which recognizes the top amateur athlete in the country.  Linda is also an 18-time U.S. national champion and has earned five Head of the Charles championships.

Muri graduated from MIT in 1986 with a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, and earned a master’s degree in education from Harvard in 1997.