Matt Dunn, <a href=more about Boys Varsity Assistant Coach” width=”250″ height=”344″ />Coach Dunn joined Wayland-Weston Crew for the fall season of 2010, about it coming to us from the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his B.A. degree in history.  At Penn he rowed for three years in the varsity heavyweight eight and was elected team captain in his senior year.  He received the Dreyfus Award for demonstrating qualities that most reflect the values of Penn rowing, information pills and was a Philadelphia Inquirer academic all-area team nominee.  Among his other collegiate rowing highlights:

  • Grand finalist, Eastern Sprints (Freshman 8+)
  • Three-time gold medalist, U.S. Rowing Club National Championships (M8+, M4-, M4+)
  • Four-time Head of the Charles competitor
  • Bronze medalist, Philadelphia City Championships (Junior 1x)

During the summer of 2009 he was a counselor at the Quaker Rowing Camp in Philadelphia, where he coached novices ages 13-17 in technique, erging, running and stretching.

At Penn he was a Leadership Scholar Recipient in recognition of demonstrated leadership ability and scholarly merit.  As an intern in the Legal Studies Department, he organized and managed technologies for storing and searching large quantities of data files, and was a computer lab technician providing technical support and installations of software and hardware for faculty, students and administration.  He was a member of the Philanthropy Committee of the Student Athletic Advisory Council and developed student-athlete fundraising events, such as a talent show for hunger.  As a member of Theta Xi fraternity he served as Housing Committee chairman and Webmaster.

Away from the boathouse, Coach Dunn is an investment banker with a growing midmarket boutique firm in Cambridge.

What is your favorite rowing memory?

My favorite rowing memory is between my junior and senior year of college.  My friends and I decided we were going to see how much we could row in a single day.  We started at 7 a.m., and didn’t stop until 7 p.m.  Ultimately, the four of us rowed 67 miles, without getting out of the boat.  At the end we were tired and exhausted but pleased with our accomplishment.  Looking back it was certainly the most memorable and longest rowing experience I have ever had.

How did you get started in crew?

I got started in crew between my freshman and sophomore year of high school.  After trying out many of the sports my high school offered, I was not really “hooked” on any of them.  A relative of mine was a big rower and when he saw how big I was becoming he suggested I try it out.  After I tried it once I was hooked and haven’t really stopped since.

What has rowing done for you?

Rowing has given me so much it is almost difficult to keep track.  Rowing has given me lifelong friends and memories.  It has also taught me the importance of teamwork and structure in my life.

Why do you coach?

Rowing has been such a huge portion of my life for so many years.  I wanted to give kids the positive experience that I had with the sport and help them learn the teamwork and many life lessons that the sport teaches people.

Favorite written quote?

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt

Favorite spoken quote?

“It’s not pain, it’s just extreme discomfort.” –  Greg Myhr, Head Coach, University of Pennsylvania