Ian Accomando joined the Harvard lightweight crew staff as an assistant in September 2012. As the last-ever freshman lightweight coach during the spring season, Accomando led the F8 to an undefeated spring in 2015 before joining forces with the varsity.
With the rookies in the fall of 2016, Accomando won the freshmen lightweight division at the Princeton Chase.
Accomando coached Alexander Bonorris ’15 to a fourth-place finish in the lightweight pair at the U23 World Championship (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) in the summer of 2016. It marked the best finish by an American crew ever by two finishing places and 15 seconds. The crew missed a medal by .05 of a second.
In 2013, Accomando coached the 3V to a bronze at the Eastern Sprints.
Before coming to Harvard, Accomando served as an assistant coach of the junior men at the Pennsylvania Athletic Club in Philadelphia.
Accomando joins the Crimson with a wealth of Ivy League experience. He is a former captain of the Dartmouth lightweight crew, where he helped the Big Green earn a silver medal at the 2012 IRA National Championship and a bronze at the 2011 event. Accomando earned two second team All-Ivy honors during his four years in Hanover, N.H.
Originally hailing from Andover, Mass., Accomando earned a B.A. in government from Dartmouth in 2012.