June 27, 2012

Santa Clara Alum Headed to Olympics as Rowing Coach

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -  After being cut from the Santa Clara basketball team by legendary coach Carroll Williams, Matt Madigan '91 didn't want to end his collegiate athletic career so he took up rowing. More than 20 years later Madigan will be headed the Olympics for the second time as a coach. He is the coach of the U.S. women's double sculls consisting of Sarah Trowbridge and Margot Shumway.

Madigan was a member of the Santa Clara men's crew team from 1988-91 and was a part of the 1991 Pacific Coast Championship team in the Varsity 4 event. The Broncos defeated a field of 13 boats including the University of Washington, Cal, Stanford and UCLA. SCU headed into the event as the No. 1 seed in the South after winning the California State Championship and the Heart of Texas regatta in Austin. The Broncos registered a blistering time of 6:48 for the 2000-meter course, which automatically qualified them for Nationals.

Madigan graduated from Santa Clara in 1991 with a degree in accounting and remained involved with the rowing community by making the transition from a national team athlete to a club coach at the Potomac Boat Club in Washington, D.C. He's worked with athletes that have gone on to win the US National the past eight years as well as six Pan American Games medalists, two World Cup medalists and two World Championship medalists.

Madigan was selected as a coach for the US Olympic team after working with the women's quadruple scull who finished second at the World Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland. He currently serves as director of operations for FortiusOne, now known as GeoIQ, a consulting firm based out of Arlington, Va.

Madigan recently wrote an article for PotomacStar.com discussing his team's road to the Olympics and what goes into such an incredible accomplishment.

To read the full article, click here.