PHILADELPHIA -- Tom Madden, who has successful coaching experience at the collegiate and high school levels, has been named the head men’s and women’s rowing coach at La Salle, director of athletics Tom Brennan announced Friday. Madden has been the head rowing coach at La Salle College High School for the past two years.

“I’m honored to be chosen for the opportunity to lead a program with such a rich history of success. La Salle is a great rowing school in a great rowing city and I am very excited to work with the athletes, alumni, athletic department and the university in realizing the potential of both the men’s and women’s programs,” Madden said.

This past year, Madden helped La Salle College High School to one of its most successful years in recent memory. The Explorers were one of three high schools nationally to qualify each of the five boys 8’s at the Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championship. The Second Varsity 8 won the national championship at that event.

Five 8’s reached the semifinals at the Stotesbury Regatta, with three earning medals, and seven athletes were recruited to row for Division I programs in the class of 2013.

“We were impressed by Tom’s coaching experience and the energy that he will bring to the rowing program,” Brennan said. “We think he will be a great fit to lead both our men’s and women’s programs to success.”

Prior to serving at La Salle College High School, Madden spent five years at Ohio State, the final two as the director of club rowing and men’s head coach. During his time in Columbus, in which he rose from the men’s freshman/novice coach to the associate head coach, to the assistant director of rowing and then to the director of rowing, Madden helped grow the program substantially.

He coached the varsity eight to its best Dad Vail Regatta showing in several years with three entries making the semifinals. Madden also was an assistant coach at Upper Arlington High School for three summers and an assistant at La Salle College High School for the spring of 2006.

Madden rowed four years at Saint Joseph’s University and graduated in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and with a master’s in international marketing in 2000. While rowing for the Hawks, Madden was a member of the varsity lightweight 8 that won the Knecht Cup, Atlantic 10 Invitational and the Dad Vail. He capped his career by participating at the Henley Royal Regatta in England.

He is a 1995 graduate of La Salle College High School where he was a four-time Philadelphia city champion and three-time Philadelphia Catholic League champion as a member of La Salle Crew.

Madden holds a Level III certification from US Rowing. His father, Vince, coached rowing at La Salle University from 1969-76.