PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown head women's crew coach John Murphy will be honored tonight by USRowing at the inaugural Golden Oars Awards Dinner, presented by One Equity Partners/JPMorgan Chase & Co., at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. Murphy won the "Fan's Choice" award as the collegiate coach of the year.
Murphy was selected as the inaugural winner of the Collegiate Coach of the Year award as he led the Bears to their seventh national championship in 15 years at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Brown's varsity eight finished second overall to secure the team title over Stanford University.
Co-hosted by USRowing and the National Rowing Foundation (NRF), the dinner will not only honor coach Murphy, but excellence in the sport during 2011 and serve as a fundraiser for USRowing's national teams and its diversity, inclusion and adaptive programs. The celebration will feature a presentation of several of USRowing's traditional awards, as well as the introduction of the new USRowing "Fan's Choice" Awards.
While USRowing maintains a strong and long tradition of rewarding excellence in rowing, this year, for the first time, the rowing community will be invited to participate by nominating and voting for their favorite athletes and coaches of the year.
Co-sponsored by row2k.com, the USRowing "Fan's Choice" Awards will be presented at the Golden Oars Awards Dinner. For more information including nomination criteria and guidelines, please visithttp://www.usrowing.org/Events/FansChoiceAwards.aspx.
In addition to the "Fan's Choice" Awards, USRowing will present five of its longstanding awards that recognize members of the rowing community for their service and commitment to the sport including the USRowing Medal of Honor, Jack Kelly Award, Jack Franklin Award, and Male and Female Athlete of the Year Awards at the dinner.
USRowing also will present two new annual awards – the Anita DeFrantz Award, honoring leaders in diversity and inclusion, and the Adaptive Rowing Award, recognizing achievement in adaptive rowing. The remaining USRowing awards will be presented at the USRowing Annual Convention in Hartford, Conn., later in the week.