freshman lightweights are coached by Linda Muri, a 1986 graduate of
MIT with a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering.
Muri is in her 14th season with the Crimson in
Most recently, Muri guided Harvard's lightweight four to a silver medal at the 2014 IRA National Championship and a win in 2013 to help the Crimson sweep both lightweight events at the regatta.
Muri led Harvard to a 10-0 lightweight freshman dual record and an EARC silver medal in 2010. The 2008 freshman eight won its first seven dual races and also took a silver medal at Sprints.
In 2004, Muri led the freshman to the EARC Sprints title, the first victory for Harvard in this event since 1985. This was followed up with a victory in the freshman 4+ at the 2004 IRA National Championship, the first for Harvard in that event. Prior to coaching at Harvard, Muri served as the freshman lightweight coach at Cornell from 1998-2001. There she led the Big Red freshman to a silver medal at the EARC Sprints in her first season. Muri began her collegiate coaching career in 1990 at Simmons College. Before that, she coached at the Middlesex School and worked as a boat builder and designer in Concord, Mass.
As a competitor, Muri was a nine-time U.S. national team member and is a three-time world champion. In 1994, she was a Sullivan Award semifinalist. Muri is also an 18-time U.S. national champion, has five Head of the Charles championships to her name and is the owner of two CRASH-B Sprints hammers.
Muri's coaching efforts have expanded beyond Newell Boathouse. She coached former Harvard lightweight crew standout Andrew Campbell '14 who won the single sculls event at the 2013 and 2014 World Rowing U23 Championships, as well as earning bronze in 2012. She also helped guide three United States boats to gold medals at the 2010 World Rowing U23 Championships. In 2009, Muri coached Paddy Thornycroft (Zimbabwe) in the U23 world championships.
She spent two summers (2004-05) serving as an assistant coach on the U.S. Women's Junior Team. She helped the women's 4- and 2- earn places in the grand final at the junior world championships each year and coached both crews to gold medals at the U.S. national championships in 2005. Most recently she guided the U-23 men's lightweight 4- to a seventh place finish at the 2006 U-23 world championships, its best finish ever in a U-23 competition. She coached the same boat at the 2007 U-23 world championships in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. She is also a learn-to-row instructor with a variety of camps and clubs throughout the Northeast.
Radcliffe and MIT named their series cup in honor of Muri in 2009. Radcliffe won the inaugural row with Muri on hand to congratulate the wining crew.
Originally from Woburn, Mass., Muri earned a master's degree in education from Harvard in 1997.