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22nd year at the helm of the University of Massachusetts
women's crew team during 2015-16, Jim Dietz
has molded the Minutewomen
program into one of the nation's finest and a powerhouse across all New England region schools.
The only crew coach in UMass history, the Minutewomen
have dominated regular-season racing and captured 15 Atlantic 10 Championships under Dietz's direction.
squads have produced 65 Atlantic 10 gold medals in 12 separate league championship events, including 12 in 21 starts by his
Varsity 8+ t boats.
has been honored as Atlantic 10 Conference Coach of the Year on nine occasions, including the 2014 and 2015 campaigns.
Dietz's tutelage produced the 15th Atlantic 10 Championship in program history during the Spring 2015 campaign.
Faced with the daunting task of defending the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship and Dad Vail Regatta Women's Title, Dietz
squad to yet another standout campaign in 2015 as he
earned Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year and four members of the team picked up all-league honors.
again took home his
the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year Award following the event while four Minutewomen
collected all-conference honors.
Dietz led the Minutewomen to their 13th conference title in 2009, after finishing second in 2008 to Rhode Island.
Massachusetts defeated the defending champions by 24 points in the championships, 141-117.
took five gold medals during the event, highlighted by a first place finish in the Second Varsity Eight.
In addition to the team championship, three Minutewomen
were named Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference.
Recognized internationally for his coaching ability, Dietz was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame in March of 2010, and was also elected as the Vice Chair to the Board of Directors of USRowing in February of 2010.
to a fourth-place team finish at the 1998 NCAA Championship in Gainesville, Ga., and his
varsity eights earned silver medals at the 1997 and 1998 NCAA meets.
Six of his
student-athletes have earned a total of seven Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association
Dietz's success does not end on the water, as his
program has produced a league-leading 39 Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference performers, 23 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association
National Scholar Athletes who have earned a total of 33 citations and four U.S. Rowing Association
Academic All-America laurels.
In addition, his
teams annually lead UMass' Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll selections.
Before coming to Amherst to start the UMass program from scratch, Dietz spent nine years as the head coach of the Coast Guard Academy crew program (1985-1994).
primary responsibilities were with the men's heavyweight eight, he
was also in charge of the overall program, which included four assistant coaches and more than 90 student-athletes.
crew experience began in 1964, when he
competed for the New York Athletic Club
in all classes of rowing and sculling events.
As a high school student, he
won all United States and Canadian Scholastic championships in single and double sculls from 1964-67 and won the first Junior World Championship in single sculls at Ratzeburg, Germany, in 1967.
competitive years, Dietz
won 45 United States and 37 Canadian national championship titles.
He was a member of almost every U.S. National Team from 1967-1983, including U.S. Olympic entries in 1972, 1976 and 1980.
In addition, Dietz captured medals at the Pan American Games in 1967, 1975, 1979 and 1983 while he was also a member of seven World Championship teams.
A 1972 graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor of science degree in marketing, Dietz is an inductee into the Northeastern University Hall of Fame as well as the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) Hall of Fame.
A Veteran Award winner of the NYAC and a Power Ten Award winner of Manhattan, Dietz also earned the prestigious Athlete of the Quarter Century honor for his past performances at the Head of the Charles Regatta.
Since 1976, Dietz has been involved with the United States Olympic Committee and in 1988 and 1992 he served as the U.S. Olympic Quad Coach in Seoul, South Korea, and Barcelona, Spain, respectively.
In 1987, Dietz founded the Thames River Sculls, a non-profit sculling center.
Over the years, members of this program have won numerous titles at the U.S. Scholastic Championship and U.S.R.A. Elite Nationals
Several members have gone on to race for the United States on World and Olympic teams.
The Thames River/Pre-Elite women's crews have participated in the Nation's Cup Regatta (under 23 World Championships) winning the 1996 meet in Belgium.
coached the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team
in Sydney, Australia, taking the bronze medal in the women's lightweight double.
In 1999, he
led the U.S. National Team, taking medals at the Pan American Games and the World Rowing Championships.
In 2003, his
women's lightweight double finished fourth at the World Championship in Milan, Italy.
, and his wife Pamela, who have two children, James II and Michael, reside in Amherst.
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UMass coach Jim Dietz said he was happy with his athletes' performances in the opening weekend's race.
"The class of scullers is so high and being able to place first, second and third in the same race, with the difference between first and second place being a second, is impressive," Dietz
reflected back on his
team's performance in Oklahoma with high praise.
"(They were) extremely successful results," he
"We were really pleased with their times, even though the conditions got worse their times were better on the second day than the first day just because it took some time to get familiar with the boats as well as the race course.
"Overall it was a great weekend for us, we were pleased with the results and had a lot of fun at the same time.
We're hoping to build upon these results and carry this momentum into next weekend's races," Dietz
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UMass rowing's Jim Dietz inducted into CRCA Hall of Fame -
UMass rowing's Jim Dietz
inducted into CRCA Hall of Fame
Already a member of the National Rowing, Northeastern University and New York Athletic Club halls of fame, Massachusetts women's rowing coach Jim Dietz can now add the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Hall of Fame to his list of enshrinements.
was one of three coaches to be inducted into the CRCA Hall of Fame Monday night during the association's annual awards show.
The honor, which Dietz
learned about two weeks ago, was voted on by fellow collegiate coaches around the nation who are members of the CRCA
"It's quite gratifying because basically you're chosen by your peers," Dietz
"It's the other coaches that put you forward and vote you into this organization."
has coached UMass
since its program's inception in 1995.
21 seasons at the helm, the Minutewomen have claimed 15 Atlantic 10 titles, including this past two years' consecutive NCAA championship appearances.
Despite the program's consistent success over two decades, Dietz
acknowledged the challenge of building up UMass'
rowing team, calling it a "long road."
"(We came) in 21 years ago and really didn't have any equipment at all in the winter," Dietz
Prior to UMass, Dietz spent nine years as coach of the Coast Guard Academy from 1985-1994.
He's also been involved with the United States' Olympic team, serving as the national squad's quad coach in 1988 and 1992 in Seoul, South Korea and Barcelona, Spain and as the U.S. coach in 2000 in Sydney, Australia.
Along with Dietz, Washington coach Bob Ernst and Texas coach Carrie Graves rounded out the three-person class inducted by the CRCA in 2015.
"I've known these two people for a good 30 years so it's nice to be inducted with your friends," Dietz
The Minutewomen are coming off a 20th place overall finish in May's NCAA championships and return the majority of its roster for the 2016 season.
With this in mind, Dietz
said the expectations of performing well at the conference and national tournaments will only be raised.
"We're already looking forward to a return to California for the NCAAs next year," Dietz
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