CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Olympic champion, three-time Olympic medalist and 15-year coaching veteran Michiel Bartman has been named head coach of Radcliffe lightweight crew, Bob Scalise, Harvard's Nichols Family Director of Athletics, announced Tuesday.
Bartman spent six years as the head coach at Vesper Boat Club, preparing elite athletes to compete at the World Rowing Championships and Olympic Games. He led crews to more than 100 gold medals, including a bronze medal in the women's lightweight quad at the 2008 World Rowing Championships. His crews have won club and elite national championships, as well as titles and points trophies at Canadian Henley, the Head Of The Charles and other top regattas.
"In Michiel Bartman, we've found a most capable leader as teacher, coach and mentor for our student-athletes," Scalise said. "We believe his work will positively impact both the Harvard and Boston rowing communities."
A native of the Netherlands, Bartman coached many Dutch national crews during his outstanding competitive career as a rower. At Vesper, he also coached individual athletes who went on to great success, including Andrew Byrnes, who won a gold medal as part of the 2008 Canadian men's eight. During his tenure, Bartman increased the number of full-time elite rowers from seven to 25 and oversaw more than 100 rowers in five different summer programs.
Bartman transitioned to full-time coaching following a rowing career that featured three Olympic medals, three world championships medals, 13 World Cup medals and more than 100 total gold medals. He participated in nine world championships in five different events and won three golds at the Dutch collegiate championships.
With his boatmates in the Dutch men's eight, Bartman reached the pinnacle of competitive rowing by winning a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. The gold came after setting a world record and several course records during an undefeated 1996 season. He later won silver in the quad in 2000 in Sydney and in the eight in 2004 in Athens.
Bartman was a part of medal-winning crews at the world championships in the coxed four in 1994, the eight in 1995 and the quad in 2001.
Bartman was a part of two Henley Royal Regatta championships. He raced in the eight that won the Grand Challenge Cup in 2004, and in the quad that won the Queen Mother Cup in 2000. The Grand Challenge win was the first by a Dutch crew in Henley's signature event.
A graduate of the College of Economic Studies, Amsterdam, Bartman earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1992. He studied marketing with a minor in accounting.
A leader off the water, Bartman also served as chairman of the Dutch National Olympic Committee Athletes Commission from 2002-04. He has received great recognition in his native country for his accomplishments. He was named Amsterdam's Male Sports Personality of the Year, along with teammate Diederik Simon, in 2004 and was part of the city's Team of the Year in 1996 and 2004.