2014, Andy Card enters his
26th year with the Yale lightweight crew and his 25th as the
varsity coach. On top of the 2011 national championship season and
undefeated Sprints champion seasons for the 1F and 3V, the 2012 and
2013 seasons brought
home a championship of another kind: the Jope Cup for overall team
supremacy in the EARC, back-to-back. There was an undefeated Sprints
Championship for the 2V in 2012 (Cornell Trophy) as well as a '11,
'12, and '13 three-peat in the First
Freshman (Kilpatrick Cup). The 1V earned a hard-fought 2012 IRA bronze medal
for the varsity, and the 2013 edition won the silver at both the
Sprints and the IRA.
Card began his varsity head coaching career in 1990 by leading the Yale lightweights to an undefeated season and first place at the EARC Sprints and the National Championship before traveling to the Henley Royal Regatta in England. During the 1991 and 1992 seasons, the Elis won two additional Harvard-Yale-Princeton races, marking the first time since 1930-1932 that Yale had captured three straight Goldthwait Cups. Card’s J.V. crews have won the Sprints four times and have also been to Henley. The most recent trip to Henley in 2001 saw the Yale 2V make it to the semi-final of four crews in the Temple Challenge Cup before losing, going farther than four EARC varsity lightweight crews in the draw.
Card has had coaching success on the international level as well. At the 1993 World Rowing Championships at Roudnice, Czech Republic, Card’s U.S. Lightweight 4- won the gold medal, the first gold medal ever for the United States in that event. Most recently, Card helped coach the USA Men's Lightweight 8+ to a Worlds silver in 1998 and America's first gold medal since 1973 at St. Catharine's in 1999.
A 1985 graduate of Princeton,
Card rowed on three Eastern Sprints Championship crews. While serving as captain in his
senior year, the varsity eight went undefeated and won both the Eastern Sprints and
Kennedy Cup (IRA). In addition, he represented the Tigers on two trips to Henley in 1983
and 1985. Prior to attending Princeton, he had no competitive rowing
Ned DelGuercio NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Ned DelGuercio, a six-time national team member and two-time world rowing champion, has been named an assistant lightweight crew coach at Yale. Head coach Andy Card made the announcement Wednesday.
DelGuercio replaces Colin Farrell, who served the Yale lightweights extraordinarily well for the past three years. Farrell has re-joined his wife in Philadelphia.
"I am extremely pleased that the Yale lightweights are able to make a smooth transition from one St. Joe's Prep athlete and coach to another," Card said. "While the team and I are certainly sorry to see Colin leave, we are excited to bring Ned into the Y150 coaching ranks. Ned has been around some American coaching legends for his whole career, from Bill Lamb at St. Joe's to Pops Wagner at Rutgers and then of course to Tim McLaren and Mike Teti of the US national squad. Ned will bring a terrific skill set to our team, and certainly our coxswains are the most thrilled of all."
DelGuercio, a 2006 graduate of Rutgers University, went on to compete with the USRowing Senior National Team through the spring of 2012. In 2007 after securing gold in the M8+ at the Pan Am Games, DelGuercio was named to the M4+ for the World Championships in Munich, Germany. The USA 4+ took gold by 0.4 seconds. The following summer DelGuercio coxed the USA LM8+ at the World Championships in Linz, Austria. With the help of Farrell, the United States captured gold by 1.4 seconds after moving from third place into first in the second half of the race. DelGuercio went on to serve as coxswain for the USA M8+ for the 2009, 2010, and 2011 World Championships and World Cup teams.
While training in Princeton N.J., he served as novice women's coach at Mercer Junior Rowing Club and later became assistant varsity women's coach. There he helped develop athletes who would continue successful rowing careers at top universities including Notre Dame, UCLA, Princeton, Harvard, Syracuse and Clemson.
DelGuercio was a three-year member of the Rutgers heavyweight varsity eight. In 2003 his crew reached the Grand Final of the EARC Sprints for the first time in 22 years after qualifying in a photo finish with Cornell. They later went on to reach the final round of the Henley Royal Regatta. After defeating seeded Dartmouth and Leander crews along the way, they placed second to Washington. The Rutgers Heavies had competitive seasons through 2004 and 2005 as well, and DelGuercio was selected captain of the 2005 team. He received the "20 More" award for persistence and dedication, and graduated in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in sociology.
Ned started his rowing career at St. Joseph's Preparatory School in Philadelphia. He was a four-year member of the team, and three-year letter winner. He collected three Stotesbury Cup gold medals, two SRA National Championship gold medals, and his Lightweight 8+ went undefeated in 2001 culminating in a gold medal at the USRowing Youth Invitational Regatta in Cincinnati. That crew had four future Yale lightweights onboard: Bob Kennedy '05, Dan Coleman '06, and former assistant coaches Joe Fallon '06, and Farrell. That summer DelGuercio coxed the USA M8+ at the World Rowing Junior Championships in Duisburg, Germany.
DelGuercio looks to bring this vast experience with him to help promote the existing high standard and storied tradition that is the Y150.
Ian attended high school in Brisbane at the Anglican Boys Grammar School (Churchie) where he was the state open hurdles champion. He graduated from The University of Queensland where he holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Agricultural Science. This is where Ian began his rowing career as a walk-on and quickly made his mark as an oarsman stroking the University of Queensland lightweight eight to victory at the State Championships. He then went on to represent Queensland in the Penrith Cup, Australia's interstate race for lightweight men. Ian was in the selection squad for the Australian lightweight coxless four which won gold at the 1974 FISA World Championships.
Ian still actively rows in Masters competitions in the US and abroad, currently for the New Haven Rowing Club and prior to that, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club... and occasionally for Mercantile when on home visits.