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Michael Callahan
Michael Callahan

Men's Head Coach

2nd year

University of Washington (1996)


Conference Honors Four Husky Seniors, Perkins, Callahan

Four Husky seniors were chosen for the Pac-12 All Conference Rowing team while sophomore Alex Perkins was honored as the Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year and head coach Michael Callahan received the Coach of the Year award for the fourth straight year.


Huskies Three-Peat as National Champions

The top ranked Huskies sweep all five grand finals to win their 3rd straight and 16th overall National Championship on Sunday at Lake Natoma.


No. 1 Husky Men Defend Pac-12 Title, No. 4 Women Take 3rd

The top-ranked Husky men win their 4th straight Pac-12 title and the No. 4 women medaled in all four races of the day to capture 3rd place.


Washington Owns Windermere Cup On Perfect Sunny Day

The men's and women's varsity eight rowed to their seventh straight Windermere Cup victories in the best weather and biggest crowd Opening Day has seen in years.


Unleashed: Perfect Day For One-of-a-Kind Windermere Cup

The nation's best crew team in the Huskies. The loudest, most

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Michael Callahan begins his third year as head coach of the Universiy of Washington men's rowing team after serving three successful seasons at the freshman coach.

He was promoted to the men's head coaching post on July 17, 2007.

Callahan ended his second season with a bang, coaching the 2009 Huskies to an historic sweep of the eights in the IRA National Championship regatta, becoming the first team to accomplish that feat since Washington last did in 1997. The open four also won gold, while the varsity four earned silver. Washington again captured the Ten Eyck Trophy, earning the team points trophy for the second straight year under Callahan's watch.

In 2008, Callahan's first season as head men's coach, his crews earned IRA gold in both the second varsity eight and the varsity four. Additionally, the varsity eight took home silver. All five Husky boats competed in the grand finals and all five earned medals, giving Washington the Ten Eyck Trophy for being the regatta's team points leader.

Callahan recruited several of the athletes in 2007's championship varsity eight crew. Many of those rowers were members of Callahan's 2006 national champion freshman eight crew.

In addition to the gold medal in 2006, his freshman crews collected bronze medals in 2005 and 2007.

"I am honored to be selected as the ninth men's head rowing coach at the University of Washington in its storied 106-year history," Callahan declared. "I couldn't inherit a higher achieving program than the one Bob Ernst is handing over to me. My challenge of living up to the standard of excellence Bob has set for this position is enormous.

"With the strongest Athletic Department and alumni support for rowing in the country, I am looking forward to working hand-in-hand with Bob as we continue the overall program's goal of being the strongest rowing program in the Pac-10 and the nation."

The Husky men's job is Callahan's first head coaching position at the collegiate level.

Callahan has also been active on the national level, coaching the United States Under-23 teams in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Callahan graduated with a bachelor's degree in History in 1996. While at the University of Washington, Callahan was the Captain and Commodore of the 1996 team. Callahan won four Pac-10 Championships, winning the Ky-Ebright trophy in the Men's Varsity Eight three times. In 1995 and 1996 his crews won a bronze and silver medal in the Men's Varsity Eight at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association's National Championships.

Before coming to Washington, Callahan won a gold medal at the 1992 World Rowing Championships in the Junior Men's Eight in Montreal.

After graduation, Callahan joined the U.S. Men's National Team, winning a bronze medal in the 1995 Under-23 World Rowing Championships, followed by a gold medal at the 1996 Under-23 World Rowing Championships. He stroked three U.S. National Team boats at the World Championships between 1997 and 2002. Callahan was a medalist at the 1999 Pan-American Games and 2000 World Rowing Cup. Callahan was a member of the 2004 Olympic Rowing Team.

In 2001 Callahan joined the University of Washington rowing program as an intern coach. He had specific responsibilities to coach the junior varsity eight that won a silver medal at the IRA National Championships and the men's pair without coxswain that won a gold medal.

While growing up, Callahan lived with his family in six states, including Washington while his father was stationed at Bangor as a U.S. Navy Submarine Captain.

Callahan attended seventh and eighth grades at Fairview Junior High School in Silverdale, Wash.

His parents reside in Arlington, Va. and his sister, Megan, is a physician in Boston, Mass.

Last Updated: Aug. 28, 2009

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