September 21, 2007

Joseph Donahue Joins Men's Crew Staff

Sept. 21, 2007

Providence, RI - Head Men's Crew Coach Paul Cooke has recently announced Joe Donahue '07 (Shrewsbury, MA) as his new assistant crew coach for this upcoming season. Donahue graduated from Brown University with a degree in Geology in May and rowed under Cooke for four years.

I am very excited to have Joe (Donahue) join our coaching staff," said Cooke. "Joe was a terrific competitor for Brown and was at his best in big races. I expect his freshmen crews will race with the same competitive fire that he displayed during his career at Brown."

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. He earned a seat in the top boat in the spring of his sophomore year and placed second in the New England Championships and sixth at the National Championships for St. John's first-ever appearance at the national regatta in 2001.

Donahue also served as a rowing instructor in Shrewsbury in 2004, helping teach novice middle school aged rowers in the basic terminology, theory and mechanics of the rowing stroke. He also worked with the Special Olympics of Massachusetts from 2002-2005 helping to promote teamwork and fair play with the athletes.