Harvard'sfreshman lightweights are coached by Linda Muri, a 1986 graduate ofMIT with a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering.Muri is in her 14th season with the Crimson in2014-15.
Mostrecently, Muri guided Harvard's lightweight four to a silver medalat the 2014 IRA National Championship and a win in 2013 to help theCrimson sweep both lightweight events at theregatta.
Muriled Harvard to a 10-0 lightweight freshman dual record and an EARCsilver medal in 2010. The 2008 freshman eight won its firstseven dual races and also took a silver medal atSprints.
In2004, Muri led the freshman to the EARC Sprints title, the firstvictory for Harvard in this event since 1985. This was followed upwith a victory in the freshman 4+ at the 2004 IRA NationalChampionship, the first for Harvard in that event. Prior tocoaching at Harvard, Muri served as the freshman lightweight coachat Cornell from 1998-2001. There she led the Big Red freshman to asilver medal at the EARC Sprints in her first season. Muri beganher collegiate coaching career in 1990 at Simmons College. Beforethat, she coached at the Middlesex School and worked as a boatbuilder and designer in Concord, Mass.
Asa competitor, Muri was a nine-time U.S. national team member and isa three-time world champion. In 1994, she was a Sullivan Awardsemifinalist. Muri is also an 18-time U.S. national champion, hasfive Head of the Charles championships to her name and is the ownerof two CRASH-B Sprints hammers.
Muri'scoaching efforts have expanded beyond Newell Boathouse. She coachedformer Harvard lightweight crew standout Andrew Campbell '14 whowon the single sculls event at the 2013 and 2014 World Rowing U23Championships, as well as earning bronze in 2012. She also helpedguide three United States boats to gold medals at the 2010 WorldRowing U23 Championships. In 2009, Muri coached Paddy Thornycroft(Zimbabwe) in the U23 world championships.
Shespent two summers (2004-05) serving as an assistant coach on theU.S. Women's Junior Team. She helped the women's 4- and 2- earnplaces in the grand final at the junior world championships eachyear and coached both crews to gold medals at the U.S. nationalchampionships in 2005. Most recently she guided the U-23 men'slightweight 4- to a seventh place finish at the 2006 U-23 worldchampionships, its best finish ever in a U-23 competition. Shecoached the same boat at the 2007 U-23 world championships in NorthLanarkshire, Scotland. She is also a learn-to-row instructor with avariety of camps and clubs throughout the Northeast.
Radcliffeand MIT named their series cup in honor of Muri in 2009. Radcliffewon the inaugural row with Muri on hand to congratulate the winingcrew.
Originallyfrom Woburn, Mass., Muri earned a master's degree in education fromHarvard in 1997.