Eric Carcich Named UMass Rowing Head Coach
AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Director of Athletics Ryan Bamford announced on Wednesday that Eric Carcichhas been named head rowing coach. Carcich, a 1996 alumnus of the university, returns to Amherst after spending the previous year in the same capacity at Cornell.
"It is with great excitement that we welcome Coach Carcich back to his alma mater to lead our outstanding rowing program," said Bamford. "Eric is a dynamic leader who has an exceptional coaching pedigree, including important experience leading two successful Division I programs. Eric's energy, his passion for the sport and his proven ability to connect with the women he has coached will be a wonderful asset for our program. I am supremely confident Coach Carcich will drive competitive success on the water and will be just as diligent in providing a first-class student-athlete experience that supports academic and personal growth."
In addition to Cornell, Carcich was the head women's rowing coach at George Washington (2009-18) where he earned back-to-back Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year honors in 2012 and 2013. Prior to that, he was assistant men's heavyweight rowing coach at Penn (2006-09) and assistant men's lightweight rowing coach at Yale (1999-2006). Carcich made his first foray into the head coaching world at UMass, taking the reins of the men's club program in 1997 following one season leading the men's freshmen club squad.
"I would first like to thank Ryan Bamford, Sean Quinn and the entire UMass staff that was part of my interview process," said Carcich. "The opportunity to take my 23 years of coaching experience back to the very town and university that introduced me to this amazing sport, leaves me brimming with excitement. When you combine the commitment that Ryan and his team have put in place, with the UMass reputation as one of the leading public institutions in the US, I see nothing but opportunity to recruit the top talent across the globe.
"I am inspired to lead this program back to national prominence and build off the incredible foundation Coach Jim Dietz has established. I look forward to meeting and getting to know the talented group of student-athletes currently at UMass as we begin the new era of Umass rowing. As a UMass family, Jen and I couldn't be happier about returning home to begin the next phase of our lives!"
Carcich made an immediate impact in his lone year at Cornell, helping the Big Red show marked improvement and accomplish results not seen since 2013. Both Sheehan Gotsch and Jaquelyn Shroyer of the varsity eight were named All-Ivy at the conclusion of the season.
While at George Washington, Carcich turned the program into a contender in the Atlantic 10 with four top three finishes in his final six years. In 2017, all of GW's boats medaled at the A-10 Championships for the first time ever en route to a program-record 44 points. The following year, the Colonials posted record finishes at the Princeton Chase, Murphy Cup, Knecht Cup and Mason Invite.
The Albany, New York native earned his Bachelor's degree from UMass in landscape architecture and holds USRowing Level 1, 2 and 3 certifications. He and his wife, Jen, have one daughter, Violet, and son, Wilder.