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HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy announced Tuesday morning that women's rowing head coach Linda Muri has resigned from her position and will not be returning for the 2017-18 academic year.

“From my first day on campus three years ago until now, I continue to be blown away by the incredible Dartmouth spirit and camaraderie both among the undergraduates and especially the alumni,” Muri said. “Nevertheless, while coaching has been and will remain a passion for me, I have come to a point in time where I feel it is in my best interest to step away.”  

Muri has served as the Big Green's head coach since the start of the 2014-15 season. She led the Big Green to a second-place finish at the 2015 Eastern Women's Sprints Championship and a third-place finish the following year. This past spring, Dartmouth claimed the Parents Cup by defeating Cornell in the varsity eight race for the first time since 2014.

“I thank Linda for her dedication and contributions to the women's rowing program over the last three years,” Sheehy commented. “She leaves a solid foundation for the next coach to build upon, and will always be part of the Dartmouth rowing family.”

Prior to coming to Dartmouth, Muri spent 13 years as the assistant coach of the Harvard men's lightweight crew team, leading the Crimson freshman lightweights to seven Eastern Sprints medals and five IRA medals. During her own career as a rower, Muri was a nine-time US 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. Muri is also an 18-time national champion and has earned five Head of the Charles Championships.

A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately.