Oct. 20, 2011
BERKELEY - California men's crew head coach Mike Teti will assist in selecting and coaching the U.S. men's eight for the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland, from May 20-23, 2012, USRowing announced recently. Teti will serve as an assistant to U.S. head coach Tim McLaren, who will oversee the entire men's rowing squad for the 2012 regatta. The U.S. men's eight must win the regatta next spring to claim the event's final entry for the Summer Olympic Games in London next summer. McLaren and Teti will prepare the boat in both Berkeley and Chula Vista, Calif.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to assist Tim McLaren, who has been a great friend and close colleague over the years, and to help the U.S. team in any way I can in preparation for next summer," Teti said. "Anyone who knows me well knows I am passionate about the Olympics and the eight event in particular. That being said, my primary commitment remains to our program here at Cal and to the success of our current student-athletes."
While in the Bay Area, U.S. National team athletes will train at the California Rowing Club, and in the same complex as the T. Gary Rogers Rowing Center.
Cal assistant coach Wyatt Allen, who won an Olympic gold medal in 2004 and bronze medal in 2008 under Coach Teti, sees benefits to having the training group next door.
"We are constantly pushing our athletes to train and perform at higher and higher levels, and undoubtedly, having a group of Olympic hopefuls training next door will be both educational and inspiring for our guys," Allen said.
As the U.S. head coach from 1997 to 2008, the eights coached by Teti have won world championships in 1997, 98, 99, and 2005, and were Olympic champions in 2004 and bronze medalists in 2008. Most recently, Teti coached the U.S. Under-23 eight to a world championship this past summer in Amsterdam, Netherlands. His 2004 Olympic eight and 2011 Under-23 eights both currently hold the world's best times in their respective events.