Glenn Ochal, part of the highly successful 2006 Princeton heavyweight crew and a U.S. national team member, is in his first season as the assistant coach of the Princeton men's lightweight crew. The move allows Ochal, who previously served as a heavyweight volunteer coach, to continue both his professional career as a coach and his partnership with new head coach Marty Crotty.
"For the last six years, I have watched Glenn mature into a tremendous student-athlete and a model citizen in the Princeton community," Crotty said. "Glenn has one of the highest rowing IQs of anyone I know of in this sport, and I am confident that he will be able to apply his keen knowledge to a prosperous coaching career. I feel extremely lucky to have been able to hire Glenn and look forward to working with him to sustain our program's current speed and continue a winning tradition at Princeton."
Ochal, a 2006 first-team All-Ivy rower and a three-year starter on the varsity eight, graduated from Princeton in the spring of 2008 and began working as a volunteer coach that fall. He assisted the recently-retired head coach Curtis Jordan and Crotty in all facets of coaching the Tiger heavyweights and worked specifically with the novice rowers during the fall.
He has also served as the assistant rowing coach for the Carnegie Lake Rowing Association, where he helped lead a learn-to-row program, and he assisted youth and intermediate summer rowing programs at the Crescent Boat Club in Philadelphia.
Ochal, a team captain and second-team All-Ivy rower in 2008, was a sophomore starter when Princeton became the first collegiate crew to win the Head of the Charles (2005). That year, Ochal helped Princeton to gold at both the Eastern Sprints and the Heley Royal Regatta while earning silver at the IRA national championships. He went on to compete in the quadruple sculls at the 2009 FISA World Rowing Championships for the U.S. national team.