John R. Lind, Sr.
John R. Lind, Sr. has been called by many, the "founding father" of LMU crew. Given his achievements during his 11 seasons at the men's crew head coach, the title suits him just fine. When Lind took over the two-year-old program in 1963, there was no boathouse, limited equipment and funds, and no varsity wins. Perhaps his most significant achievement was his near single-handed effort of getting the program a boathouse. Reaching out to the Marina, the University and potential donors in the area, by the start of the 1966-67 season, the LMU crew team had a floating boathouse to call home. In the water, Lind's guided the Lions into a new era that included a win over powerhouse UCLA in 1968, wins over 20 of the 21 programs on the West Coast in 1968 and 1969 and a 1970 victory over Cal, which had recently produced three Olympic medaling crews, on their home course. He also served as the manager of the U.S. National team at a meet in Austria in 1969. Lind's final season at LMU was 1973-74, after which he took a position at the University of Washington.