Walter "Buzz" Congram enters his second year at the helm of the women's lightweight crew team. He came to MIT after a two-year hiatus from a 23-year tenure as the men's varsity heavyweight crew coach at Northeastern University. In 1988, he coached the first varsity crew to an Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championship. This feat was repeated in 1991. Another Huskie first occurred in 1989, with the first varsity crew defeating Harvard University in a dual race. From 1970-77, Congram served as the men's freshman heavyweight coach at Yale University. Under his guidance, the Bulldogs' first freshman crew beat Harvard for the first time in 13 years. Prior to his stint at Yale, Congram was the men's freshman heavyweight coach at Rutgers University from 1965-70. He started his collegiate coaching career in 1962 at Columbia University as the men's freshman lightweight and heavyweight coach. In his three years with the Lions, he produced the program's highest freshman finish in the IRA in 35 years.
In addition to his 38 years of intercollegiate coaching experience, Congram has seen some action at the international level, coaching crews at four World Championship regattas. His first trip to the championships was in 1975 as the U.S. Men's National lightweight coach. His eight earned a Bronze medal in Villach, Switzerland. Eight years later, Congram served as the U.S. Women's National team coach where he guided the four with coxswain to a Silver medal in Lucerne, Switzerland. He returned to the World Championships in 1993, directing the U.S. men's pair with coxswain in Racice, Czechoslovakia. The following year, he was the U.S. men's pair with and without coxswain coach at the World Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
Congram earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1962. He went on to receive his Masters of Business Administration degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Business in 1965.