|Title:||Assistant Coach of Heavyweight Crew|
|Previous College:||Rutgers 2010|
James Finke enters his first season with the Harvard men's heavyweight crew team in 2016-17. Finke focuses on the development of oarsmen in the fifth, sixth varsity and novice eight boats.
A 2010 Rutgers University graduate, Finke immediately found interest in coaching with St. Anthony's High School, a private catholic school in Long Island, NY. There he developed his passion for teaching the rowing stroke and being a student of the sport. In a short time, Finke found himself as head coach and managing all aspects of a program. His time at St. Anthony's was highlighted by a New York State championship in the Men's Senior Varsity 8+, a first for the school.
While at Rutgers, Finke found the sport as a novice and was influenced by his coach Chris DeYoung. He attributes a lot of his success to the basics he learned while at Rutgers.
From 2010-2015, Finke helped programs such as Hofstra University, Manhasset High School and Port Rowing to success.