CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Larry Connell, who spent this academic year as the head men's rowing coach at Washington College, is retiring from coaching after a long and storied career at the scholastic, collegiate, and international levels.
Connell's year at Washington College was the final one in a collegiate coaching career that lasted well over three decades. He got his start in the college ranks as a part-time assistant coach at Rutgers, moved on to a full-time assistant position at the University of Pennsylvania, and spent eight seasons as the head men's and women's coach at La Salle.
Prior to his collegiate coaching career, Connell served as an assistant and head coach at Holy Spirit High School in New Jersey and as an assistant coach at Jeb Stuart High School in Virginia. He later briefly served as head boys crew coach at Egg Harbor Township in New Jersey while that program was in a transitional stage.
Connell was also a coach on the international level, serving as a co-coach at three FISA Junior World Championships after organizing the first U.S. National Junior Team training camp. He also coached at a number of Henley Royal Regattas. Connell served on the National Junior Men's Rowing Committee of the United States Rowing Association and the Board of Directors of the United States Rowing Association.
Washington College will begin a national search for Connell's successor as head men's rowing coach soon.