Muri Named Head Coach of Dartmouth Women’s Crew

Muri Named Head Coach of Dartmouth Women’s Crew

Linda Muri was a member of Harvard's coaching staff for 13 years (Harvard Athletic Communications).

HANOVER, N.H. – Former Harvard assistant coach Linda Muri has been named the head coach for Dartmouth women’s rowing, the Big Green announced Wednesday.

Muri, who served as the Harvard freshman lightweights coach, completed her 13th season with the Crimson in 2013-14. 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. 

"While I will miss being a part of the Harvard rowing tradition, I consider myself fortunate to have had such wonderful colleagues and mentors in all of the rowing programs as well as throughout Harvard Athletics,” Muri said. “It has truly been a privilege the past 13 years to coach so many successful and hardworking students who are passionate about rowing.”

A 1986 graduate of MIT with a degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, 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.

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.

Originally from Woburn, Mass., Muri earned a master's degree in education from Harvard in 1997.