POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Through a series of donations, the Marist men’s crew team welcomed a new racing shell, the Harry A. Manley, into the program. The Red Foxes held a dedication and christening ceremony at the Historic Cornell Boathouse on Sunday morning.
Harry Manley was a coxswain on the Marist crew team in the late 1960’s. Family, friends, coaches and teammates of Manley were among those present on Sunday.
“We are delighted to have received such an outstanding show of support from a great number of our alumni,” Marist Director of Rowing Tom Sanford said. “The shell is absolutely beautiful and the team and coaching staff cannot be happier. The alumni row and shell dedication this weekend were a great success and shows the great support and loyalty of our rowing alumni.”
Manley joined the Marist crew team as a coxswain during his freshman year in 1969. In the spring of 1970, Manley led the Freshman Eight boat that won both the President’s Cup and the Rusty Callow Cup. The same boat also came in second at the Dad Vails Regatta, the National Championship for small colleges, finishing just 2/10ths of a second behind Trinity.
In the fall of 1970, Manley coxswained a Marist boat that won the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston, finishing in a record time of 16:01.
Tragically, Manley lost his life in an automobile accident at the age of 21.
“It is always exciting to get a new shell, but it is especially exciting when it is donated by the alumni,” Marist men’s head coach Matt Lavin said. “It demonstrates the importance they place on being an oarsman at Marist and their hope that our current and future oarsmen will have the same excellent experience and that they believe in what we are doing as a program. I would like to thank them again for this and all of their support.”
The shell is a Vespoli V1 eight boat.
The Red Foxes are coming off of a 2013 campaign in which they claimed their 12th straight MAAC Championship, winning the final three races to surge past Jacksonville for a narrow 150-149 victory. The Marist Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight boats both earned postseason All-MAAC Rowing Awards and Lavin was named the MAAC Men’s Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm. Over the summer, senior coxswain Chris Leonard (White Plains, N.Y.) competed for Team USA at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia.