Former Stanford Rowing Coach Conn Findlay Named USRowing's Man of the Year

Three-time Olympic rowing medalist is man behind the building of Stanford's original boathouse

Dec. 11, 2007

USRowing Annual Awards

STANFORD, Calif. - Former Stanford Rowing coach and three-time Olympic rowing medalist Conn Findlay was honored this past Friday, Dec. 7, as USRowing's 2007 Man of the Year at the USRowing Annual Awards Reception in Miami, Fla.

"Conn is a pillar of west coast rowing and Stanford Crew, and has contributed to every program's development on the west coast, including universities, juniors and masters," said Stanford Director of Rowing and Men's Head Coach Craig Amerkhanian. "Conn's insight and expertise is unmatched regarding moving boats swiftly through water. He is also just about the nicest man you could meet and seek advice from."

The USRowing Man of the Year Award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to men's rowing. Findlay has served the sport of rowing with great distinction for more than a half century. He is a three-time Olympic-rowing medalist in the pair with coxswain, having won gold in 1956 and 1964 and bronze in 1960.

Findlay competed in his fourth Olympics in 1976, winning a bronze medal with Dennis Conner in sailing's Tempest class. He also competed on the winning America's Cup sailing crews in 1975 and 1977.

Findlay rowed at the University of Southern California and later coached at Stanford University for several years. He was inducted into Stanford University's Hall of Fame in 2005. Findlay is responsible for the building of the original Stanford boathouse, and photos of him on the Olympic podium grace the walls of Stanford's Morrison's Boathouse.

He currently lives in Northern California, continues to serve as a referee at numerous regattas, such as the PAC-10 Championships, each year.



Stanford Rowing saw one of its own honored last week as former coach Conn Findlay was named USRowing's Man of the Year