PRINCETON, N.J. - USRowing has named Tim McLaren as its men's head coach and Kris Korzeniowski as its director of men's rowing at the USRowing National Training Center in Princeton, Executive Director Glenn Merry announced on Tuesday.
McLaren, who spent the past two years as head coach and director of rowing for California Rowing Club, will be in charge of the open weight men's sweep rowers and scullers. He comes to USRowing with more than 30 years of experience as an international athlete and coach. McLaren has been involved in six Olympic medals, including a silver medal as a competitor in the men's quadruple sculls at the 1984 Olympics and five as a coach. This past summer, he coached the U.S. men's double sculls crew at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Prior to joining California Rowing Club, McLaren spent 14 years as director and head coach of the University of Technology Rowing Club in Sydney, Australia, which produced 30 Olympic representatives over three Olympic cycles. In his role as men's head coach, McLaren will spend time coaching in Princeton, as well as at other training centers and satellite training locations across the country.
"We are very excited for what Tim will bring to the position of head coach," Merry said. "His history of coaching athletes to Olympic medals, coupled with an inside perspective of American rowing with an outside background, will provide a unique opportunity to examine and engage our strengths as a rowing nation."
"We have an enthusiastic and experienced group of people at USRowing, and I look forward to working with the coaches and athletes in building on the good work done over the past eight years," McLaren said.
Korzeniowski, who rejoined USRowing's coaching staff in 2001 and coached the men's scullers during the last quadrennial, will be working with McLaren from the USRowing Training Center in Princeton. This past summer, Korzeniowski coached the men's quadruple sculls to a victory at the 2008 FISA World Cup Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland, and a fifth-place finish in Beijing. In addition to his most recent work with USRowing, Korzeniowski served as the organization's technical director from 1989-1992, men's sweep head coach from 1984-1988 and women's head coach from 1977-1981. He also has coached national teams in The Netherlands, China, Italy and Canada. Korzeniowski has coached numerous crews to world championship and Olympic medals, including the Dutch women's double sculls to a silver medal at the 2000 Olympics and the U.S. men's eight to bronze at the 1988 Olympics, silver at the 1984 Olympics and gold at the 1987 World Championships.
"When Tim was named head coach, one of his first requests was to assemble a world-class staff," Merry said. "He immediately requested that Kris fill the role of director of men's rowing at the USRowing's National Training Center in Princeton. Kris is a phenomenal coach. We are happy to have him return and help the men's program reach the medal stand in London in 2012."