Dec. 6, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- Olympian and University of Pennsylvania graduate Tom Paradiso has joined the LMU men's rowing staff, Lions' Coordinator of Rowing Vaclav Kacir announced Tuesday.
"Tom brings a wealth of knowledge and experiences to the LMU rowing family," said Kacir. "His presence and coaching will make a huge impact on our student athletes."
Paradiso was most recently on the coaching staff for his alma mater Quakers, working with the Penn Freshman crews from 2009-11. In his first season with the Quakers, few crews were better for the Red and Blue than the freshmen. The first freshman won three races on the year and went undefeated on the Schuylkill River. On their home course, in the first race of the spring season, the novice crew claimed victory over George Washington and then on Senior Day a few weeks later, they defeated both Columbia and Yale. The crew also beat Northeastern in Boston and went on to finish 14th in the nation at the IRA's.
Prior to joining the Quakers' staff, Paradiso coached high school rowers at Mercer Junior Rowing Club in West Windsor, N.J., from 2003-07. In 2005, Paradiso coached the varsity girls' lightweight 8+ to MJRC's first-ever women's team appearance and silver medal at the USRowing Youth National Championships.
While rowing for Penn, Paradiso was the recipient of the 2002 Dreyfuss Award for character. With the Quakers, he rowed with the first varsity junior and senior year. The summer following his sophomore year, Paradiso won a club national championship in the intermediate single. He made his first US National Team while still at Penn, winning a bronze medal at the 2001 World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland after his junior year.
Paradiso spent the summer of 2011 making a comeback to elite rowing. He placed second at the Elite Nationals and Senior Trials, won the Pan American Trials, and placed fourth in the double and sixth in quad at the Pan American Games. This fall, he was fourth overall and the second fastest American in the Champ 1x at the Head of the Charles and fourth in the heavy 1x at the West Coast Speed Order - an automatic qualification for Olympic selection camp for the men's 4x.
A native of the Philadelphia area, Paradiso is an 10-year veteran on the U.S. National Team. In 2008, his lightweight 8+ won gold at the World Championship in Austria. In total, he has earned four World Championship medals. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Paradiso sat in the stroke seat of the lightweight men's 4- where the U.S. finished 11th.
Paradiso started rowing at Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia in 1995, where he was the team captain and National Champion in the first USRowing Youth Invitational in the Junior Men's 4x in 1998.
In addition to coaching, Paradiso has worked in marketing at JAGTAG and Noize Pollution Music Marketing.
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