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UVA...s Tony Kilbridge to Be MIT Director of Rowing

By James Kramer

DAPER Department Head/Director of Athletics Candace Royer has announced the hiring of Tony Kilbridge to serve as MIT’s first Director of Rowing/Principal Coach. Kilbridge secures the appointment after serving the past five years as head coach of the University of Virginia men’s crew and director of rowing of the Virginia Rowing Association.

In his post at MIT, Kilbridge will provide leadership across all of MIT’s intercollegiate rowing programs and will be head coach of the men’s heavyweight team. His additional duties will include overseeing the operations of Pierce boathouse and supervising the year-round operations and use of the facility by MIT students, staff and members of the Cambridge community.

Kilbridge brings a wealth of experience into his new role at the Institute. Although men’s rowing is a club sport at Virginia, the team routinely enjoyed success against varsity boats and was perennially ranked among the top 20 heavyweight crews in the country. In addition to coaching, Kilbridge was responsible for all facets of the program’s finances, including budgeting and fund development. As director of rowing, he oversaw all aspects of boathouse operations and coordinated the use of the facility by Virginia’s men’s and women’s crews as well as a community rowing club.

Kilbridge graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1982, before graduating cum laude from Georgetown University Law School in 1987. As an undergraduate, Kilbridge was a two-time Eastern Sprints champion; more recently, he has earned Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at Masters U.S. National Championships.

Said Kilbridge, who will join the MIT staff in August, “I’m excited to be joining a world class university and competing in the Eastern Sprints league. I’m grateful to MIT for placing its trust in me, and I’m confident that MIT’s crews can become substantially more competitive over the coming years. This is a wonderful opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.”