Freshman/Novice Coach Russell Giacobbe (5th Season)
Russell Giacobbe is entering his sixth season as the Freshman/Novice Coach for the University of Michigan Men's Rowing Team. Over his first five seasons incharge of the Wolverines Frosh squad Giacobbe has recruited the two largest class;s in program history and boosted the recruiting of experienced high school rowers with a average of 10 athletes in each of the last 5 classes.
During the month of May Giacobbe's crews have won a combined 24 medals at the Dad Vails, ECAC's and ACRA's and helped Michigan extend their ACRA Championship streak to 9 consecutive years.
In addition to coaching the Freshman at Michigan Giacobbe also serves as the boatman for Ann Arbor Community rowing as well as the Head Open Masters Coach.
During the summer of 2015 he served as a assistant coach on the World University Games Team for the US and was responsible for coaching the heavy single, light weight single and double.
Prior to coaching at Michigan Giacobbe was the Freshman Coach and team boatman at Fordham University. During his two years in the Bronx, Giacobbe helped build up the Men's team with one of the largest freshman groups in recent years and also rebuilt the team's boat fleet, purchasing new boats as well as repairing older shells.
While in the Bronx he also served as the Head Coach of the rowing program at Fordham Preparatory where he built the team from 65 athletes up to 115 in two years. This culminated in 3 medals at the New York State Championships including a championship in the Novice eight. Two boats qualified for nationals from this event as well and went on to win the programs first medal at Scholastic Nationals with a 2nd place finish and later went on to finish 5th at US Nationals.
Giacobbe began rowing as a walk on at Clark University in Worcester, Mass from 2005-2009 where he was captain his Junior and Senior year.
Russell is originally from the New York Metro area and currently lives with his wife Bethany in Dexter, MI.