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Heather Cartwright Steps Down as Radcliffe Lightweight Crew Coach

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Heather Cartwright, head coach of the Radcliffe lightweight crew for the last three seasons, has stepped down to attend to a health concern.

Cartwright is leaving Harvard after three successful years due to a heart condition. A search for her successor is underway.

“I am deeply grateful for the opportunity I had to coach at Harvard,” Cartwright said. “It was a wonderful experience to be part of Radcliffe crew, and I appreciate all the support over the years and especially over these past few months. I will cherish my memories of this special time forever.”

“We have appreciated Heather’s hard work and her mentorship of the many student-athletes she positively impacted at Weld Boathouse,” said Robert L. Scalise, Harvard’s Nichols Family Director of Athletics. “We are sad to see her go, but we understand that health comes first and wish her the best moving forward.”

Cartwright led the Black and White varsity eight to back-to-back bronze medals at the Eastern Association of Women’s Rowing Colleges Sprints in her final two seasons. She led Radcliffe a 15-6 dual record over three seasons, including a 6-2 mark her final year, and three straight fourth-place finishes at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships.

“I had three goals when I started out: to unite the athletes into a cohesive team, to improve results and to have each athlete reach her potential,” Cartwright added. “The team worked hard to accomplish these goals, and in the process we built a positive, supportive environment and made lifelong friends. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful tradition, and I am confident that with this foundation, the team will enjoy even greater success in the future.”