Dr. Vaclav Kacir
The Lions will be honored along with Virginia for their selfless act of sharing their boats with Bates College.
LMU alumna Mary Foster earned a spot on the US Rowing National Team, while Director of Rowing Dr. Vaclav Kacir is coaching with the Slovak National Team.
LMU placed eight rowers on the CRCA National Scholar-Athlete list.
LMU won a Varsity 8 race over Sacramento State and Rhode Island.
The LMU rowing teams competed at the San Diego Crew Classic this weekend.
Student-Athlete Welcome reception prior to the 2014 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies
Continuing to coach on the national level while leading the Lion program, Kacir most recently worked with the Slovak National Team in 2015, helping Men's Lightweight 1x, Lukas Babac, to a gold medal at the FISA World Cup on May 10. Returning to the water on May 31 at the FISA European Championship, Kacir helped Babac to a silver medal before Babac earned silver once again on June 21 in the second round of the FISA World Cup. In total, Kacir helped his homeland to a pair of gold medals at the FISA World Cup, one silver, and the silver at the FISA European Championship. The duo of Kacir and Babac is not a new pairing, as the Lion leader helped Babac to a silver medal in the men's lightweight singles at the 2010 World Championships in New Zealand and a silver medal in the M1x open division at the 2008 European Championships in Athens, Greece.
Prior to working with Babac in 2010, Kacir guided the U.S. Men's Lightweight Quad to a silver medal at the 2006 U-23 World Championships in Belgium. He also coached the Slovakian Men's Lightweight single that won a silver medal at the 2005 U-23 World Championships in Amsterdam. In 2004, he was an assistant coach for the Slovak Republic Olympic Team and in 2003, he was the head coach of the Slovak Junior National Team earning Slovak Coach of the Year recognition for his crew's fourth place performance at the Junior World Championships.
"Dr. Vaclav Kacir brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our university," Director of Athletics Dr. Bill Husak said of Kacir's hiring. "He has the same aspirations we have for our crew and rowing programs and that is to win championships and create a great experience for our Lions athletes that includes graduation, personal and spiritual growth in an environment that is challenging and enjoyable. We are all excited about what the future holds for LMU rowing."
"I am thrilled for the opportunity to start as the new head coach at Loyola Marymount University. I can't wait to help facilitate the Lions' rowing to achieve success," Kacir said when hired. "My goals are to build a larger team and to increase the spirit of rowing within the LMU community."
In four seasons with Stanford, Kacir helped lead the Cardinal's II Eight boat to never-before-seen success, including back-to-back Pac-10 titles in 2010 and 2011. He worked with all of the varsity lineups in 2011, helping the Stanford V4 finish 6th, the II Eight finish first and the I Eight to finish third at the NCAA Championships, as the team earned an overall second place finish.
Under Kacir, Stanford won a bronze medal at the 2009 NCAA Championships and a silver medal at the Pac-10 Championships. His work with the II Eight played a crucial role in helping Stanford capture the first team national title in school history in 2009, and for his efforts he was named Division I National Assistant Coach of the Year and the West Region Assistant Coach of the Year by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). In 2007-08, Kacir led the II Eight to a bronze medal at the Pac-10 Championships in his first year with the team.
Prior to his four-year stint at Stanford, Kacir served as the Freshmen Lightweight Coach at Columbia University, where the 2007 freshmen Coxed Four won the Eastern Sprints. His Eight placed fourth, finishing the season with a record of 8-4. He also coached the Varsity Pair to a bronze medal at the IRA National Championships. In 2006, his Freshmen Eight finished third at the Eastern Sprints with a season record of 8-2 and his Freshmen Four had a perfect season of 11-0.
Kacir attended Komensky University in Slovakia, where he received his Master's degree in Sports Science. Furthering his education in Psychology and Political Science, he attended Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. His interest in the physiology of rowing brought him back to school and in 2009 he received a doctorate in sport science.
"Most importantly, I aspire to help every athlete achieve their personal best while building a flourishing team spirit that will facilitate each boat to achieve its highest potential," Kacir said. "Finally, I hope to help instill a drive within each student-athlete to not only be victorious within their rowing careers but also within their lives."