Phil Carney, a 1985 graduate of Trinity College where he was a co-captain of the Bantams varsity heavyweight crew, is in his 33rd year at Wesleyan and holds the rank of adjunct professor of physical education. He coached the freshman at Trinity for two seasons before coming to Wesleyan in 1987. He owns several medals won at the USRA Nationals as a member of the Pioneer Valley Rowing Association, and has been active in coaching lightweight men since that time as well. Carney was a U.S. Rowing lightweight development coach in both 1988 and 1992. In 1993, he founded the Riverfront Recapture Rowing Club, a community rowing program serving the Hartford area. He continued in his role as head coach there through 1996. In the summer of 1997, Carney served as a guest coach at the Craftsbury Sculling Center in Vermont. In the summer of 1999, Carney took over the head coaching job for the Middletown parks and recreation department crew program, and for several years fashioned a team that went on to compete during the fall at the Head of the Connecticut and the Head of the Charles Regattas. In 2008, all three of Carney’s varsity eight Wesleyan entries (first varsity-bronze, second varsity-silver and third varsity-bronze) captured a medal at the New England Rowing Championships. His boats nearly repeated the effort in 2012-13 when the first varsity took fourth, the second varsity claimed third, and the third varsity placed second.