Now in his 4th year at the helm for the Colonials, head rowing coach Greg Myhr has ushered in a new era for George Washington Men's Rowing. In 2006, GW was accepted as a provisional member of the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC). Now, as a full member of the league, GW now perennially fields a full team at the IRA National Championship, racing the three major eights (Varsity, 2nd Varsity, Freshman) as well as small boats every year. At the 2007 IRA, the Colonials finished 2nd in point standings for the Clayton Chapman award for most improved team in the nation. Increasing popularity and success mean that tryouts for the limited spots on the team are becoming increasingly more competitive.
Prior to arriving at GW, Myhr coached the Georgetown Hoyas freshmen team for two years, for a program that had also just entered the EARC. While at Georgetown, Myhr's crews compiled a 6-4 dual race record. Additionally, Myhr instituted a US Rowing Senior Men's Development Camp in Washington, DC. This summer training camp continues to this day, hosting numerous athletes from programs around the country.
Myhr spent the bulk of his rowing career as a coach and athlete at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As the freshmen coach from 1997-2003, he achieved a historical first for the storied UW program when in 2000 his Freshman Eight won the only Eastern Sprints title in program history (the regatta began in 1946). That same boat won a bronze medal at the 2000 IRA National Championships. During his 6 years as frosh coach, Myhr's crews made 10 out of 12 Grand Finals at the Eastern Sprints and IRA Championships. Myhr also compiled a 14-2 dual race record. Additionally, his Freshman Fours won IRA National Championships in 1998, 1999, and 2000. During Myhr's tenure, the men's program became five-time IRA National Team Champions having won the Ten Eyck team points trophy in 1997, and 1999 through 2002. Myhr's freshmen teams produced seven US National Team members and two US Olympic Team members; six of these seven athletes learned the sport as college freshman under Myhr's tutelage. From 1995-1997, Myhr was an assistant varsity coach at UW. During this time, he started the Camp Randall Rowing Club and a USRowing Senior Men's Development Camp in Madison - both of which endure today.
As an athlete post-college, Myhr trained and tried out for the US National Team at Mendota, University of California at San Diego, and Potomac Boat Clubs. During college, the 1992 UW crew named Myhr Team Captain. That year he also won the prestigious Norm Sonju award, which is given for outstanding contribution to the success of UW crew program in leadership, dedication, and a sportsmanlike attitude. Myhr won a silver medal in the 2nd Varsity Eight at the 1991 IRA Championships; a silver medal in the Straight Four at the 1990 IRA; and a bronze medal in the Freshman Eight at the 1989 Eastern Sprints.
Myhr attended Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland, and started the school rowing team in 1987 (which was the first high school team in Maryland). In 1988, he was named Team Captain and MVP. Myhr learned to row from the legendary Charlie Butt at the Potomac Boat Club in Washington, DC. He credits his knowledge and love of rowing to the great coaches he has had the privilege to learn from, including Mr. Butt, Randy Jablonic (UW Men's Coach from 1960 - 1996), Chris Clark (UW Men's Head Coach), Tony Johnson (Georgetown Men's Head Coach), and his former freshman coach, Dan Gehn (now Gonzaga Men's Head Coach).
Myhr graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UW-Madison in 1992. He has competed in 18 Heads of the Charles, 5 rowing marathons, 2 running marathons, and 1 ironman triathalon. Additionally, Myhr has completed 11 American Birkebeiner cross country skiing marathon races in Hayward, WI. He even convinced his wife Kitty to come along, who now says she enjoys the experience, especially when it is over.
Myhr and his wife reside in Washington, DC.
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