July 30, 2004
SEATTLE - Former University of Washington rower Michael Callahan has returned to his alma mater as the freshman coach of the men's team, head crew coach Bob Ernst announced Friday.
Callahan will assume his coaching duties on a full-time basis following the conclusion of the Olympic Games. He will travel to Athens, Greece as a spare on the United States rowing team.
"It's exciting that finally we have a guy coaching that has come through our program, who has been a captain when he was an undergraduate here," Ernst exclaimed. "Michael has been a junior world champion in rowing and a Pan American Games medal winner. He's been on the national team and now he's on the Olympic team. Michael's got some great job skills that he brings here and we're glad to have him on board. He's always been extremely passionate about the program."
Callahan rowed at Washington from 1993-96, serving as the team captain his senior season. After helping lead the freshman crew to the 1993 Pac-10 championship he rowed in the varsity eight boat his final three years. The Huskies' top crew won the conference title all three seasons. UW's varsity eight captured the silver medal at the 1996 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championships after earning the bronze in 1995. Callahan garnered All-Pac-10 acclaim in 1996.
A native of Arlington, Va., Callahan attended Washington & Lee High School. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1996 with a history degree. Callahan was the Huskies' varsity men's intern coach and boathouse manager for the 2001 season. He served as the media relations director for the 2001 Head of the Charles Regatta before working as the course administrator for the Princeton International Regatta Association.
Callahan has also worked in New Jersey as an analyst for Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and a multimedia news producer with the Bloomberg Financial Markets and Commodities News.
In international competition, Callahan represented the United States on 14 occasions. He received gold medals at the 1992 Junior World Championships and the 1996 Under-23 World Championships. Callahan collected a silver medal in the four at the 1999 Pan American Games. His eight-oared crew finished third at the 2000 FISA World Cup stop in Lucerne, Switzerland.
Callahan will coach the Husky men's freshman team and serve as the primary recruiting coordinator. He replaces Fred Honebein who stepped down recently after six years at UW.