Chris Kerber, lightweight varsity eight, honored by ECAC

Chris Kerber, the Henry E. Bartels '48 Head Coach of Men's Lightweight Rowing.

Chris Kerber, the Henry E. Bartels '48 Head Coach of Men's Lightweight Rowing, has been named the Eastern Association of Rowing Coaches (EARC) Lightweight Coach of the Year for the third time in four years, as was announced by the ECAC May 26. The Big Red varsity eight was also named the EARC Lightweight Crew of the Year for the third time in four seasons. Both Kerber and the varsity eight were recognized for Cornell's standout performance at the 2017 EARC Sprints.

"While this is amazing to be honored by our league peers, I feel the honor should be shared with the coaching staff, the support systems at Cornell, all of athletes and their families, and the alumni who have come and blazed the path before us," stated Kerber on the honor.

In his ninth season at the helm, Kerber guided the Big Red to an undefeated season in head-to-head competition, as well as its third Ivy League and EARC championship in the past four years.

The Big Red's varsity eight was selected as the EARC Lightweight Crew of the Year after posting a winning time of 5:40.808 at the EARC Sprints to earn the 12th Wright Trophy in program history. The Big Red defeated second-place Harvard (5:41.656) by just under one second. The victory over the Crimson gave Cornell its 11th Ivy League championship as well.

Kerber and members of the lightweight varsity eight are preparing for the IRA National Championship, to be held in Sacramento, California, June 2-4.