July 26, 2008
BERKELEY - Mike Teti, head coach of the 2008 U.S. men's Olympic rowing team, has agreed to become head coach of men's crew at the University of California, Golden Bears Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour announced today.
Teti will continue to fulfill his obligations with the Olympic team through the Beijing Games and will officially start at Cal on September 1, 2008. He replaces Steve Gladstone, who accepted a position with the California Rowing Club earlier this summer. With the hiring of Teti as the Bear's men's crew coach, the number of Cal affiliated athletes and coaches who will be participating in the Beijing Olympics has increased to 45.
"I am honored to have been chosen to lead the men's rowing program at Cal," said Teti. "From the Olympic gold medals of the Ky Ebright era, to the numerous national championships over the past decade under Steve Gladstone, Cal is rich in rowing history. I am well aware of the expectations and look forward to the challenge of upholding the strong tradition of California Crew. I am already quite comfortable ending each phone call and e-mail with the words...GO BEARS.
"I will always be grateful to USRowing and its board of directors for giving me the opportunity to coach the U.S. Men's National Team the past 12 years. I will continue to be a strong advocate for the organization and I am willing to help in any way they deem appropriate. On a personal note I want to thank Glenn Merry, Frank Coyle and our athletes for having confidence in me over four Olympic cycles. I also want to thank the National Rowing Foundation, Finn Caspersen, and Finn Wentworth for their generous financial support of the team. I would like to add a very special thank you to Sandy Barbour, Gary Rogers and Steve Gladstone for their efforts and generosity in this process."
A longtime fixture on the national level, Teti has served on the U.S. coaching staff at the World Championships and Olympic Games regularly since 1996. At the most recent Olympics in Athens 2004, he directed the men's eight to a world record in its heat and an eventual gold medal, marking the first time the United States captured the men's eight since 1964.
Teti was named the U.S. head men's sweep coach after the 1996 Olympics and head men's coach following the 2000 Games. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, all of his sweep boats qualified for the finals, with the men's pair capturing the silver medal.
Teti is the coach of the only men's eight in U.S. history to win three consecutive world championship titles (1997-99), a feat that earned him three consecutive USRowing National Coach of the Year honors. He was also selected the Developmental Coach of the Year title in 1996.
At the 2003 World Championships, Teti coached the men's eight to a silver medal and the men's four with coxswain to a gold. The men's eight also won a bronze medal at the 2002 World Championships. In addition, he led the U.S. men to four gold medals at the 1999 Worlds and to three medals at the 1998 Worlds.
"We are thrilled that Mike and his wife Kay have accepted our invitation to become part of the Cal family," said Barbour. "It's a great tribute to the stature of rowing at Cal and the achievements of all of those who have come before, that we have been successful in attracting a coach of Mike's experience and accomplishments. Mike is a huge addition to our high performance culture and I have no doubt that Cal crew will be phenomenally successful under his strong leadership."
Teti started his coaching career in 1982 at Temple University, leading his crews to six titles in seven years at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. In 1989, he began a stint as freshman coach at Princeton, where his freshman eights won IRA titles five times.
As a rower, Teti was a 12-time national team member and three-time Olympian. From 1977-93, he won 24 national titles, a silver medal at the 1979 Pan American Games in the four, and a bronze and a gold in the eight at the World Championships (1985 and '87). He was also a bronze medal-winner in the eight at the 1988 Olympics. In 1987, Teti was named USRowing's Male Athlete of the Year after rowing bow on the world champion U.S. eight.
Born in Upper Darby, Pa., Teti rowed at St. Joseph's University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1978. He is a member of the St. Joseph's and USRowing Halls of Fame. Teti is married to Kay Worthington, an outstanding rower in her own right who won gold medals in the women's four and eight for Canada at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
In its history, the Cal men's crew program has claimed 15 IRA national titles, most recently in 2006, and a total of 26 varsity eight conference championships. This past season, the Bears were third in the varsity eight and first in the freshman eight at the IRA regatta.