The 2014-15 season is Holly Metcalf's eighth as head coach for the MIT openweight women. She has transformed the program from a struggling Division I squad into a team that is competitive within the Eastern Sprints, as well as its new conference, the Patriot League, where the Engineers’ varsity 8 squad finished third at the league championships to lead the team to a fourth-place overall showing last season. Additionally, in every year under Metcalf the team has earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for its exceptional academic performance.
Metcalf was a six-time member of the U.S. National Team and won five World Championship and Olympic medals, including a Gold Medal at the 1984 Olympics in the women's eight. She has coached extensively at the club, college, and national team levels. Metcalf also directed the Silver Medal winning crew at the 1990 World Championships. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she was selected as a member of that school’s inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.
More recently, Metcalf used rowing to enrich the lives of hundreds of women and girls through a variety of non-profit programs. In 1994, she founded the Row As One Institute, which provides masters women with top-level coaching. She extended this concept to inner-city girls in 1996 with her G-ROW program in Watertown, Massachusetts. Six years later Metcalf established WeCanRow, a wellness and rehabilitation organization for female cancer survivors, which recently evolved into WeCanRow National.
Over the years Metcalf has accrued numerous awards and honors, including:
2008 - USRowing Woman of the Year (with Olympic teammates)
2004 - RYKÄ First Women of Fitness Award
1999 - YWCA Outstanding Woman
1999 - New England Women's Leadership Award
1999 - USRowing Woman of the Year (with Ernestine Bayer)
1999 - New England Women's Sports Hall of Fame
1998 - New England Hero Award
1998 - Girl Scouts of America Leading Woman
1997 - Boston Magazine's Top 50 Most Intriguing Women
1993 - Peter F. Drucker Award, Project Teamwork
1990 - World Championships Silver Medal (coach)
1987 - World Championships Silver Medal
1984 - USRowing Hall of Fame
1984 - Maine Hall of Fame
1984 - Olympic Gold Medal
1983 - World Championships Silver Medal
1982 - World Championships Silver Medal
1981 - World Championships Bronze Medal
In his second season with the MIT openweight crew program in 2013-14, Previn Chandraratna brings over 15 years of coaching experience to the MIT staff.
No stranger to the collegiate level, Chandraratna was the freshman men’s heavyweight crew coach at his alma mater, Columbia University, from 1999 to 2003. As Director of Recruiting, he tripled the size of the varsity squad, and he coached his crews to some of the program’s fastest results in decades, including finishes ahead of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Cornell.
As a junior coach at Community Rowing, Row New York, and PCRA, Chandraratna helped his squads to achieve tremendous success, including over sixty medaling performances, ten state championships, and a national championship. As a Director of Programs and Head Coach at Row New York, he was a founding member of the US Rowing Task Force that focused on broadening access to the sport of rowing, he earned the 2008 PASEsetter Award for excellence in youth development across all New York City non-profit organizations, and his program earned the 2011 US Rowing Anita De Frantz Award.
A 1997 graduate of Columbia University, Chandraratna was a three-time member of the first varsity heavyweight eight, a team captain, and a Most Valuable Rower Award recipient. He was an accomplished sculler with Riverside Boat Club and Union Boat Club High Performance Camp and won a National Club Championship with New York Athletic Club. Shortly after graduating, he trained with the U.S. National Team at the National Sculling Center in Augusta, Georgia.
A former university lecturer and stand-up comedian, Chandraratna earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia.