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Curtis Jordan has been associated with the Tiger rowing program for 26 years, and he enters his 17th year as the coach of the heavyweight varsity with a 115-30 record. Jordan has led Princeton to national championships in both 1996 and 1998, and his team has claimed the silver medal at the IRAs each of the last two seasons.
The last two seasons have been full of highlights for Jordan. An early-season win in 2006 over Rutgers gave Jordan his milestone 100th victory. The Tigers, who won eight of nine races on the season, entered the postseason as the No. 4 team in the country, but they placed second at both the Eastern Sprints and the IRA championships.
They carried that momentum into last season and had one of the most remarkable years in program history. During the fall, Princeton became the first collegiate crew in 22 years to win the Head of the Charles. The team went 9-0 in the spring and won the Eastern Sprints. Following a silver medal performance at IRAs, the crew went overseas and claimed the Ladies Plate at the Royal Henley Regatta.
Jordan has also helped 2006 All-America Steve Coppola become a vital member of the national team. He helped the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2005 Worlds in Gifu, Japan, and was named to the 2006 team as well.
In 2001 Jordan led Princeton to its fourth Eastern Sprints title and sixth points trophy in a seven-year span. He was named the EARC Coach of the Year in 1995 and 1999, two of the four EARC title years.
Prior to taking over the heavyweights, Jordan coached the women’s crew for seven years, compiling a 58-15 record and winning the national championship in 1990. His women’s team twice won Eastern Sprints, and Jordan was the EAWRC Coach of the Year in 1985 and 1990.
Jordan has been a U.S. national team coach at four Olympic Games. At the 2000 Games in Sydney, he guided the men’s lightweight four to a sixth-place finish. Jordan was co-coach of the bronze-medal-winning lightweight fours at the 1996 Atlanta Games and also coached the men’s four with cox in Seoul (1988) and Barcelona (1992), where he led the U.S. to a fourth-place finish.