A long time fixture in U.S. rowing, both as a coach and a competitor, Mike Teti has carried on the historic and successful tradition of California crew since becoming the head coach in July 2008.
Teti officially started at Cal on Sept. 1, 2008, after coaching the U.S. men's eight to a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
He returned to the international stage again in 2012 where he served as an assistant coach for the U.S. at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, coaching the men's eight. Teti guided the varsity eight to a fourth-place finish in the London games.
In the summer of 2011, Teti coached the U.S. men's eight that claimed first in a record-setting time (5:24.31) at the U23 World Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. One of Teti's former standout rowers, Chris Yeager, participated on that record-setting boat.
Teti has been equally successful in leading the California program. The Golden Bears' varsity eight has finished in the top-five at the IRA Championships each of his first five seasons at the helm of the program, winning the IRA title in 2010.
Last season, Teti's young crew in the varsity eight finished fifth in the IRAs at Lake Natoma in California. The Bears placed second overall at the 2013 Pac-12 Championships, capturing a conference title in the varsity four. Two Golden Bears earned All-Pac-12 honors in Cole Reiser and Jovan Jovanovic. Equally as important, 14 individuals earned a spot on the 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic squad.
Teti led Cal's varsity eight to a fourth-place finish in the 2012 IRA National Championships in New Jersey and a second-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships in Lake Natoma. Three Golden Bears were selected to the 2012 All-Pac-12 squad in Cameron Klotz, Ivan Ostojic and Chris Yeager.
Teti guided Cal's varsity eight to a third-place finish at the IRA national championships and second place at the Pac-10 championships in 2011. Under the tutelage of Teti, Samuel Walker was named the 2011 Pac-10 Athlete of the Year, while Dane Oatman garnered Newcomer of the Year honors. It was the second straight season that a Cal rower was named the Athlete of the Year (Nareg Guregian - 2010).
In the 2010 collegiate campaign, Teti helped Cal's varsity eight to the 2010 IRA Championship and a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships. It was Cal's 16th IRA national title in the varsity eight. This past summer, Teti and current assistant coach Luke Agnini assisted the U.S. to a silver medal in the eight at the U23 World Rowing Championships. The eight boat featured four Cal rowers from 2010.
In December of 2008, Teti received the USRowing Medal, the highest honor that the rowing governing body can bestow.
In March of 2010, Teti was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame as the coach of the gold medal-winning men¹s eight at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Teti was the first person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a coach and an athlete.
In his first season at the helm for the Golden Bears, Teti led Cal to a Pac-10 Championship and a second-place finish at the 2009 IRA Regatta. Also, under his guidance, seven members of the team competed in the 2009 Under 23 World Rowing Championships. James Long-Lerno and Nareg Guregian won a silver medal with the men's four for the United States at the international event.
Teti served on the U.S. coaching staff at the World Championships and Olympic Games regularly since 1996. He coached the U.S. men's eight to nine world championship medals during that time period including four gold medals in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2005. At the Olympics in Athens 2004, he directed the men's eight to a world record in its heat and an eventual gold medal, marking the first time the United States captured the men's eight since 1964.
U.S. national team crews produced 28 total medals under Teti's guidance.
Teti was named the U.S. head men's sweep coach after the 1996 Olympics and head men's coach following the 2000 Games. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, all of his sweep boats qualified for the finals, with the men's pair capturing the silver medal.
Teti is the coach of the only men's eight in U.S. history to win three consecutive world championship titles (1997-99), a feat that earned him three consecutive USRowing National Coach of the Year honors. He was also selected the Developmental Coach of the Year title in 1996.
At the 2003 World Championships, Teti coached the men's eight to a silver medal and the men's four with coxswain to a gold. The men's eight also won a bronze medal at the 2002 World Championships. In addition, he led the U.S. men to four gold medals at the 1999 Worlds and to three medals at the 1998 Worlds.
Teti started his coaching career in 1982 at Temple University, leading his crews to six titles in seven years at the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. In 1989, he began a stint as freshman coach at Princeton, where his freshman eights won IRA titles five times.
As a rower, Teti was a 12-time national team member and three-time Olympian. From 1977-93, he won 24 national titles, a silver medal at the 1979 Pan American Games in the four, and a bronze and a gold in the eight at the World Championships (1985 and `87). He was also a bronze medal-winner in the eight at the 1988 Olympics. In 1987, Teti was named USRowing's Male Athlete of the Year after rowing bow on the world champion U.S. eight.
Born in Upper Darby, Pa., Teti rowed at St. Joseph's University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in 1978. He is a member of the St. Joseph's and USRowing Halls of Fame. Teti is married to Kay Worthington, an outstanding rower in her own right who won gold medals in the women's four and eight for Canada at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.