Michiel Bartman
Michiel Bartman
Title: The Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Men’s Lightweight Crew
Phone: (617) 495-7775
Email: [email protected]
Previous College: College of Economic Studies, Amsterdam 1992
Experience: Third Season

The Harvard athletic department announced the hiring of Michiel Bartman as the Friends of Harvard Lightweight Rowing Coach for Men’s Lightweight Crew on Sept. 7, 2013.

In his first season with the men’s lightweight crew team, Bartman guided the Crimson to a 6-3 record while placing fifth at Sprints and earning a silver medal at the IRA National Championships. Bartman coached four oarsmen who were also selected to the United States U23 National Team that competed at the 2014 World Rowing U23 Championships.

In 2015, the Crimson again improved its Eastern Sprints finish, taking bronze at the IRA National Championships with four freshmen in the varsity eight boat.

An Olympic champion, a three-time Olympic medalist and a 15-year coaching veteran, Bartman improved the Black and White’s performance in each of his first two seasons. Harvard-Radcliffe earned a silver medal a season ago at the IRA National Championship, while also finishing undefeated in duals, capturing the Head of the Charles Regatta title and capturing gold at the EAWRC Sprints Championship. At the Sprints, the group produced the largest margin of victory since 1998, finishing 8.259 seconds ahead of the field. 

In his first season, Bartman guided the Radcliffe women to third-place finishes at Eastern Sprints and at the IRA National Championship. It marked the program’s best finish in four years at IRA’s.

Before heading to the Charles, Bartman spent six years as the head coach at Vesper Boat Club, preparing elite athletes to compete at the World Rowing Championships and Olympic Games. His crews won more than 100 gold medals, and he led the women’s lightweight quad to bronze at the 2008 World Rowing Championships. His squads won club and elite national championships, as well as titles and points trophies at Canadian Henley, the Head of the Charles and other top regattas.

A native of the Netherlands, Bartman coached many Dutch national crews during his outstanding competitive career as a rower. At Vesper, he also coached individual athletes who went on to great success, including Andrew Byrnes, who won a gold medal as part of the 2008 Canadian men’s eight. During his tenure, Bartman increased the number of full-time elite rowers from seven to 25 and oversaw more than 100 rowers in five different summer programs.

With his boat mates in the Dutch men’s eight, Bartman reached the pinnacle of competitive rowing by winning a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. The gold came after setting a world record and several course records during an undefeated 1996 season.  He later won silver in the quad in 2000 in Sydney and in the eight in 2004 in Athens. Bartman was a part of medal-winning crews at the world championships in the coxed four in 1994, the eight in 1995 and the quad in 2001.

Bartman took part in two Henley Royal Regatta championships. He raced in the eight that won the Grand Challenge Cup in 2004, and in the quad that won the Queen Mother Cup in 2000. The Grand Challenge win was the first by a Dutch crew in Henley’s signature event.

A graduate of the College of Economic Studies, Amsterdam, Bartman earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1992. He studied marketing with a minor in accounting. 

A leader off the water, Bartman also served as chairman of the Dutch National Olympic Committee Athletes Commission from 2002-04. He has received great recognition in his native country for his accomplishments. He was named Amsterdam’s Male Sports Personality of the Year, along with teammate Diederik Simon, in 2004 and was part of the city’s Team of the Year in 1996 and 2004.