Albin Moser '67
Hometown: Providence, RI
Year Inducted: 1986
Other Sports Played: Football
Four years of starting on the Brown crew (and in football - his "second" sport) were just the beginning for Albin Moser, a man whose name has become synonymous with rowing in Rhode Island. The powerful (6'5", 225) freshman walked into a starting spot on the freshman crew in 1964, looking for a way to stay in shape for football. That crew went on to finish fourth at the Eastern Sprints and second in the IRA, the best finish of any freshman crew in the 1960's In subsequent years the varsity crew, with Moser first rowing at the number three seat and then at number five, compiled second and third-place finishes in the Eastern Sprints, a fourth in the ITA, and a trip to compete in the Henley Regatta in 1966. No Brown varsity boat had a better record than the 1966 crew.
Even more noteworthy, however, are Moser's contributions to crew at Brown and elsewhere since his graduation. He coached the freshman crew at Brown from 1971-74 and 1977-81, with some praiseworthy results: the 1973 and 1980 frosh won the IRA Freshman Fours, 1979's frosh were sixth at the IRA eights, and the 1981 frosh won the Freshman Eight-Oared Championships. That group also went on to become the winningest class in Brown rowing history under Coach Steven Gladstone. Since 1971 Moser has been the driving force in developing the Narragansett Boat Club's broad-based rowing program for the Rhode Island community. He initiated and directed the club's summer sculling program, and now is the club's director of rowing. In his years working with the NBC, Moser has developed and coached a number of national champions and Olympic oarsmen: Gregg Montesi, national junior sculling champion (1977), bronze medalist in the 1976 World Junior Rowing Championships in Austria, and a competitor in the 1984 Olympic quadruple sculls; Nathaniel Wyatt, 197 national junior lightweight sculling champion; Michael Rossner, 1982 national junior sculling champion, who competed at the World Championships in Italy; William Phelps, twice winner (1984 and 1985) of the National Junior Double Sculls, American representative in the 1982 World Championships, and winner of the 1984 Head-of-the-Charles Intermediate Singles; Sue Montesi, 1982 double-sculls gold medalist at the National Sports Festival; John Wilhelm, second in the National Junior Doubles Trials; Scott Stevens, 1982 silver medalist in junior singles at the National Sports Festival; and Alan Green, 1985 national double-sculls gold medalist. Of his achievements, Moser speaks modestly and says, "I have done all of them through a joy for athletics and working with people, which in itself provides its own rewards." A social-studies teacher, he has taught at Hope High School in Providence since 1984 and now is Head Teacher of the Hope Essential High School, affiliated with Brown's education department. He lives in Providence with his wife and three children.