Nov. 11, 2009


Courtesy of UMass Athletics

AMHERST, Mass. –
UMass Rowing Head Coach Jim Dietz is among 18 inductees to the National Rowing Hall of Fame, as announced by the National Rowing Foundation on October 17. Dietz has been at the helm of the UMass Rowing program for 17 years, and is the only rowing coach in school history. During his tenure, Dietz has guided the Minutewomen to 13 Atlantic 10 Championships.

A seven-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, Dietz is recognized internationally for his coaching ability. Dietz guided UMass to a fourth-place team finish at the 1998 NCAA Championship in Gainesville, Ga., and his varsity eights earned silver medals at both the 1997 and 1998 NCAA meets. Six of his student-athletes have earned a total of seven Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-America citations.

During his competitive years, Dietz won 45 United States and 37 Canadian national championship titles. He was a member of almost every U.S. National Team from 1967-1983, including U.S. Olympic entries in 1972, 1976 and 1980. In addition, Dietz captured medals at the Pan American Games in 1967, 1975, 1979 and 1983. He was also a member of seven World Championship teams.

A 1972 graduate of Northeastern University with a bachelor of science degree in marketing, Dietz has been inducted into the Northeastern University Hall of Fame, as well as the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) Hall of Fame. Since 1976, Dietz has been involved with the United States Olympic Committee, and in both
1988 and 1992 he served as the U.S. Olympic Quad coach in Seoul, South Korea, and Barcelona, Spain.

Induction ceremonies will be March 20-21, 2010 at the National Rowing Hall of Fame at Mystic (CT) Seaport.