Cal Athletic Director and Men’s Head Crew Coach Steve Gladstone was named Pac-10 Conference Men’s Rowing Coach of the Year by Pac-10 Comissioner Tom Hansen on Thursday.
Gladstone led the California men to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national title this spring for the third consecutive year. California was ranked No. 1 in the U.S. Rowing Coaches Poll throughout the year and completed a third-consecutive undefeated season. The Bears also won the Pac-10 Championships for the fourth straight year.
Gladstone earned his ninth Varsity Challenge Cup title, which ranks second to Cornell’s Charles “Pop” Courtney, who won 11 IRA’s between 1901-1915. The Coach of the Year honor is the fourth consecutive for Gladstone and fifth overall. Gladstone, who completed his fifth season in his second stint as head coach at California, also won the award in 1979.