Pat Tynan enters his 11th season at the helm of the women's crew program at Wesleyan in 2019-20, where the team has gained speed and success at a national level in recent years. In 2014, the Cardinals earned an NCAA at-large invitation as a team, while the Varsity 8 boat qualified for the national tournament the past three seasons. In 2016, the Cardinals’ V8 boat won bronze to become the first-ever at-large berth to claim a medal in the history of the NCAA Tournament. The success carried over into the fall, as Wesleyan won the Riverfront Recapture, the Head of the Charles and the Head of the Fish, respectively. The 2017-18 campaign saw first place finishes in the Head of the Riverfront Regatta and the Head of the Fish, while posting a second place finish at the Head of the Charles. During the spring, Wesleyan placed fifth overall at the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships. Last season, the Cardinals won their third-straight Little Three title and finished fourth overall at the NCAA Champoinships, marking their best finish in program history at the national regatta.
Prior to Wesleyan, Tynan spent the 2008-09 season as the assistant men's lightweight crew coach at Yale University, where his freshmen crew finished third at the Eastern Sprints.
A 1999 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was an integral member of the varsity lightweight crew, Tynan began his coaching career as a men's assistant at his alma mater for two seasons before heading to Colby College from 2001-06. There he assisted with both the men's and women's programs, helping the women's novice crew win three New England Championships and two ECAC Championships. As interim head women's crew coach at Williams College in 2006-07, Tynan directed the Ephs to a New England and NCAA Division III title at the varsity eight level. Williams also captured a team title at the NCAAs in 2007.
Before joining the Yale staff in 2008, Tynan spent the 2007-08 season with a second stint at his alma mater, this time assisting with the women's squad.
A USRowing Level III certified coach and recipient of the Joy of Sculling Collegiate Coach of the Year in 2007, he continues to guide Wesleyan to be among the top teams in Division III. Tynan lives with his wife, Becky, and daughter, Alice, in Middletown.