Coach Michiel Bartman brings tremendous experience in both rowing and coaching to the club. He comes to us most recently from Harvard University, where he was the Head Coach for the men’s and women’s lightweight teams. While at Harvard, he led his teams to 4 Eastern Sprints Championship titles and 8 medals at the IRA National Championship.
Prior to coaching at Harvard, Coach Bartman was Head Coach at Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia. Vesper Boat Club is one of the oldest and most prestigious rowing organizations in the country. While there, his team won numerous awards at both the national and international level.
As an oarsman, Coach Bartman’s career was both long and distinguished. A member of the Dutch National Team, he won several World Championship and World Cup medals, but the highlight of his career were winning 3 Olympic medals. He won a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics (in the men’s eight), a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics (in the quadruple sculls), and a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games (in the men’s eight).