Lightweight Men's Coaches
Marty Crotty, Head Coach
Marty Crotty, a member of the 1996 and 1998 national champion Princeton heavyweight varsity eights, became Head Coach of the Tiger Men’s Lightweight program in 2009. Crotty, who had been the heavyweight assistant coach at Princeton from 2005-2009, replaced Greg Hughes, who was named Head Coach of the Princeton Heavyweight after longtime coach Curtis Jordan (the all-time leader in wins for a Princeton rowing coach) retired in the spring of 2009. Ironically, Crotty began his coaching career at Princeton while replacing Hughes, who went from the heavyweight assistant to the lightweight head coach prior to the 2005 season.
In his first year as a Head Coach, Crotty led the Tiger Lights to the multiple titles, including Eastern Sprints Championships in the V8+ and JV8+, as well as a repeat win at the 2010 IRA National Championships, in a course-record time of 5:36. Crotty’s first-year assistant coach, Glenn Ochal, led the Tiger Light frosh to a bronze medal performance at the Sprints, which earned Princeton enough points to capture their first Jope Cup (Eastern Sprints Team Trophy) since 2003.
This past fall, Crotty and Ochal brought the Tiger Lights to Boston’s Head of the Charles Regatta, where the team continued their success in winning the Championship Lightweight Men’s 8+ event with a course record setting performance. The previous record had been held by the Canadian Lightweight National Team since 1997. One week later, at the 2010 Princeton Chase, Princeton finished 1st and 4th in the Lightweight Varsity 8+ event, fighting off stiff challenges from a most competitive field. The Tiger Light frosh from the Class of 2014 won the Freshman Lightweight 8+ event at the Chase, kick starting what looks to be a promising campaign.
Crotty, who rowed and then coached under Curtis Jordan, was a perfect 4 for 4 in leading the heavyweight novice eight to the EARC grand final and had two teams finish on the medal stand. His top finish came in 2008, when the Tigers placed second to Harvard in the Eastern grand final. Princeton also went to three IRA national championship grand finals in four years, including a fourth-place finish in 2006.
“The fact that I will have a chance to lead a tremendous group of individuals at my alma mater makes this coaching experience especially gratifying. I am confident that we have the talent to continue the success of the last two years, as well as strengthen the base of our team to achieve some new goals in 2011 and beyond.”
Crotty served as the head coach for the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team in both 2005 and 2006 and served as the assistant junior world championship coach in 2007. In 2005 the US Junior 8+ won gold for the first time since 1993. He has been coaching crew since he completed his post-graduate studies at Oxford in 1999. In 2000, he began with a three-year stint at the Loyola Academy Rowing Association in Wilmette, Ill., and in 2003 he moved to West Windsor, N.J., where he coached the Mercer Junior Rowing Club. His varsity eight won the 2004 and 2005 Northeast Junior Regional championships.
A 1998 graduate with a degree in American history, Crotty rowed on several international crews, including the silver medal US 4- at the 1999 Pan American Games and the silver medal U.S. Under 23 8+. He finished 4th at the 1997 and 1998 Senior World Championships in the 4+. His collegiate rowing career offered Crotty the chance to compete in the biggest competitions in both the United States and Europe. At Princeton, he was part of two IRA national championship teams and an Eastern Sprint champion (1997). He went on to compete for the Oxford Blue Boat in the 145th Boat Race against Cambridge University.
Crotty has extensive administrative experience, including a two-year term as the executive director of the Princeton International Regatta Association and a two-year term as the Co-Director for the Annual Fund at Loyola Academy. He has also served as the class president for the Princeton Class of 1998, and remains a commitment alumni volunteer.
John Furtado, Athletic Trainer
John Furtado is in his 13th year as the athletic trainer at Princeton. He currently works with the men's hockey, men’s and women’s volleyball and the men's and women’s lightweight crew teams.
Furtado also works as a physical therapist for the entire student body, seeing students through the McCosh Health Center. Prior to joining the Princeton staff in 1996, Furtado spent three years at Brown, where he earned his NATA certification in 1994. Furtado is a 1993 Northeastern graduate with a degree in physical therapy.
Furtado is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Physical Therapy Association, National Athletic Trainers’ Association and National Strength and Conditioning Association. A native of Fall River, Mass., Furtado resides in the Princeton area.