Craig Amerkhanian begins his first season as
the Stanford men’s crew coach. Amerkhanian takes over his new
position after serving as freshmen coach and associate head
coach at California since September of 1991.
During his time at Cal, the freshmen 8 won the Pac 10 Conference
Championship in 1994,95,96,98,99, and 2000.
The frosh entered the IRA National Championship
regatta five times, garnering gold in 1998 and 2000 and
silver in 1996 and 1999. "We were very fortunate to have
good athletes. Those men are responsible for our success
and their commitment enabled me to get this job", stated
Throughout his professional career, Amerkhanian
has developed working/learning relationships with unique
and renowned athletes and administrators. Following graduation,
Amerkhanian worked in the front office for the Oakland
Athletics Baseball Company. Under former President Roy
Eisenhardt, the building blocks of what has become one
of professional sports finest franchises were established.
Eisenhardt hired Amerkhanian to participate in managerial
selections, amateur drafts, scouting, and community outreach.
This complete experience allowed Amerkhanian to work with
many outstanding individuals that were committed to athletic
success. At Cal, former Olympic coxswain Mark Zembsch
hired Amerkhanian to coach. Over the past nine years he
had the honor of coaching four 2000 Olympians and many
committed athletes. Each team member and athletic experience
has contributed to Amerkhanian’s coaching style and
As an athlete, Amerkhanian began rowing at Orange Coast
College (he also played tight end on the football team).
At OCC he rowed in the Head of the Charles and the Henley
Royal Regatta (Orange Coast reached the semifinals of
the Ladies Plate). Recruited by Cal, Amerkhanian majored in
History while rowing for Steve Gladstone. In 1979, Cal won the
Pac 10 Championship, ending a 15 year drought. The post season
again ended in Henley (semifinals of the Grand Challenge
Cup). After an undefeated dual racing season in 1980,
Amerkhanian was named to the All Conference team.
A 1980 California graduate (B.A. History), Amerkhanian
was also drafted as a left-handed pitcher by the Oakland
A’s. Devoted to the teaching profession, Amerkhanian received
a master’s degree in Education. He has subsequently taught
in the San Ramon and Oakland School Districts, while
coaching at Cal. Amerkhanian is the proud father of three
boys, John (10), Peter (7), and Nicolas (2). He and his
wife Michelle reside in Albany.