Peter Mallory

Peter  Mallory

Men's Head Coach


Rowing Completes Competition at Parker Cup, against UCLA

LMU rowing competed against UCLA on the women's side and in the Parker Cup on the men's side.


Lions Claim Four Gold Medals at Beach Sprints

The LMU men's crew earned four Gold Medals at the Beach Sprints ergometer race in Long Beach on Saturday.

Peter Mallory joined the LMU rowing staff in the fall of 2012 as the men's head coach.

Mallory began his rowing career in 1959 as a coxswain at Kent School and lived down the hallway from Steve Gladstone, the only contemporary coach ever to win eleven IRA Championships. They remain good friends.

In 1966, Mallory stroked the Lightweight Men's Varsity Eight at the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in art history. That boat set a course record at the Head of the Charles that stood for ten years.

He was a mud angel, an angelo del fango, in Florence, Italy, in the aftermath of the catastrophic flood of 1966, and he rowed daily out of Canottieri Firenze Comunali while he worked there restoring art. He gets by in four languages.

During his rowing career, Mallory represented Penn, Undine BC and Vesper BC in Philadelphia, Cambridge BC in the Boston area, and Long Beach RA, Mission Bay RA, San Diego RC and ZLAC RC in California. He has won four Canadian and two U.S. National Championships as an athlete.

In 1972, he was the lightweight single sculler on the American composite lightweight squad that toured Europe prior to the Munich Olympics.

He has coached at Penn, Long Beach State, LBRA, ZLAC, Mission Bay RA, San Diego State and San Diego RC. During his career, his crews have won more than 90 percent of their races, including more than fifty Canadian and U.S. National Championships. He has been a U.S. National Coach five times and chef de mission once. Several of the athletes he coached have gone on to World and Olympic medals.

In 1976, Mallory took a graduate course on international sport at San Diego State University taught by the legendary Dr. Reet Howell. His research paper on the competitive rowing program of the German Democratic Republic became the seed that eventually grew into his current book, The Sport of Rowing, Two Centuries of Competition.

In 1989, Mallory's Optimal Force Application in Rowing, the Analysis of Force Graphs and Force Graph Biofeedback was presented and published at the 18th FISA Coaches' Conference.

Along with coaching, he spent 25 years working as a CPA. In 2008 he retired from accounting to work full-time researching and writing The Sport of Rowing, Two Centuries of Competition.

His first book was a humorous memoir called An Out-of-Boat Experience . . . or God is a Rower, and He Rows Like Me! Its second printing recently sold out.

He is a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Rowing History.

His wife, Susan Howell Mallory, rowed for ZLAC Rowing Club as a senior in high school during the 1970s. Today she serves as head of Banking and Personal Financial Services worldwide for Northern Trust. The Mallorys make their home in Old Oar Cottage in West Los Angeles, though they maintain close ties to the San Diego area. They are both stewards of the San Diego Crew Classic.

Mallory's stepdaughter, Emily Ten Eyck, rowed for ZLAC and for Northeastern University.

His son, Philip Rogers Mallory II, won a Southwest Regional Championship for San Diego Rowing Club as a junior and spent his high school junior year in France where he went undefeated in junior cycling competition. He briefly coached crew at his alma mater, Boston University. Now a lieutenant jg in the U.S. Navy, Philip is coaching in the Granby High School crew program in Norfolk, Virginia.

Mallory spent the spring of 2012 serving as a volunteer assistant coach on the UCLA women's rowing team in addition to his continuing work as an author and his hobby of restoring antique oars. He trains daily on erg and bicycle, but his competitive days seem to be over.


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