Joe Donahue enters his fourth year as the Freshmen Coach with Brown men's crew. Donahue graduated from Brown University with a degree in Geology in May of 2007, and rowed under head coach Paul Cooke for four years.
Last spring, the freshmen squad started off slow, but built momentum over the course of the spring closing the gap and even winning over a number of early season losses, finishing seventh at the Eastern sprints and beating their seed at the IRA National Championships by finishing seventh overall in the nation.
In the spring of 2009, Donahue continued the tradition of excellence that has marked Brown crew. His freshmen boats marched through a strong regular season, then peaked for the EARC Sprints, as both the first and second freshmen eights took gold. Donahue then continued to lead the Bears successfully at IRA's, as his freshman eight finished third in the country. Bruno wrapped up the season with another impressive performance, traveling to England, where they took a close second in the Temple Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta to the Undefeated Princeton Varsity Lightweights.
In his first season at the helm of the freshmen crew, Donahue saw his boats have a very competitive season. After a strong dual season against Ivy competition the Bears took bronze at Eastern Sprints, coming in less than .1 seconds behind Harvard. They then went on to have an impressive showing at IRA's, finishing fifth overall, the highest finish of any Brown boat that year.
As the stroke for Bruno's varsity boat for three years, Donahue ended his rowing career with Bruno with a fourth-place finish at the IRA Championships in 2007, finishing just feet off of the gold medal pace. In 2006, he earned a bronze at both the Eastern Sprints and IRA Championships, and during his freshman season he achieved a second-place finish at the Eastern Sprints and fourth at the IRA's.
Prior to Brown, Donahue attended Saint John's High School in Shrewsbury and rowed in the varsity boat all four years.
To contact Joe email him at Joseph_Donahue@brown.edu or call at (401) 316-7171.