Former UCLA and Columbia assistant Luke Cunningham joins the Lions men's rowing staff, Director of Rowing Vaclav Kacir announced Friday.
Luke Cunningham joined the LMU rowing coaching staff in the fall of 2012 and will serve as the head coach of the men's team.
Cunningham comes to LMU after spending the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach for the women's rowing team at UCLA. There, he assisted in all aspects of the program including recruiting, training and administration. From 2004-06, Cunningham served as an assistant coach for the Columbia University men's rowing team, helping their heavyweight crews establish their status as an East Coast power. In addition, he has worked as a rigger and West Coast representative of Resolute Racing, gaining expertise in the rigging of elite racing shells.
"Luke has an exceptional background in collegiate and international racing, and he knows what it takes in order to compete at the highest level," said LMU Director of Rowing Vaclav Kacir. "His experience coaching at Columbia and UCLA will be invaluable to our program, and I am thrilled that he will be bringing that knowledge to our mens team. I am excited to watch him help further develop our student athletes."
A two-time All-Ivy League selection at Brown, Cunningham rowed for the varsity heavyweight eight, leading the crew to a silver medal in 1999 at the Eastern Sprints and to the gold medal in 2000. Brown's varsity eight in 2000 also secured the gold medal at the Henley Royal Regatta.
Cunningham earned bronze medals at the 2000 Under-23 World Championships and the 2001 World Cup. From 1999-2001, he finished in the top 10 at the CRASH-B Championships, the world indoor rowing championships. Following graduation from Brown, he taught humanities at The Island School (Cape Eleuthera, The Bahamas) and coached at The Brunswick School (Greenwich, Conn.).
A native of Philadelphia, Cunningham rowed for one season at Monsignor Bonner High, during which he captured the Philadelphia City Championship.