awarded the Matt Ledwith Award.
Johns Hopkins crew head coach Steve Perry was honored as the Matt Ledwith Coach of the Year.
Coach Perry was presented the award earlier this month during the 71st Annual Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia.
A 1980 graduate of Washington College, Coach Perry has guided the rowing program at the Johns Hopkins University for the past twenty years.
During that time, Coach Perry has guided the Blue Jays to medals in the Knecht Cup, Dad Vails, and Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships.
In 1989, just as the program matured to varsity status, the men's lightweight four won a gold medal at the Dad Vail and was invited to compete at the Royal Henley Regatta in Canada. In 1997, Coach Perry's women's four was invited to compete in the first NCAA Women's Rowing Championships, finishing 12th.
Four years later, the women's varsity eight ranked as high as 8th in the USRowing/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Poll.
Hopkins crews have produced numerous couches, two national team members, and one Olympian. (The University announced the crew programs would be discontinued at the end of this year.)
No stranger to other rowing programs in the area, Coach Perry founded the Loyola College crew program in 1981.
He moved on to resurrect rowing in the city of Baltimore as a founding member of the Baltimore Rowing Club, serving as club president from 1983 through 1985.
Later, in 2005, he
helped establish the Notre Dame
Prep rowing program.
In the midst of these successes, his
alma mater honored him for distinguished service in 1991.
In addition to leading his collegiate teams, Coach Perry still finds time to compete along the east coast as a masters sculler.