BLED, SLOVENIA - AUGUST 31: (top to bottom) New Zealand, Poland, The Netherlands, Germany, USA and Ukraine compeate in the Men's Eight semi-finals during day four of the FISA Rowing World Championships at Lake Bled on August 31, 2011 in Bled, Slovenia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
It's no secret that Cal hosts some of the best student-athletes and coaches in the world. This summer, we profile some of the Cal men and women representing their home countries at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Today, we look at Mike Teti, Head Coach of the USA Men's Rowing Eights Team.
Cal Coach Mike Teti talks about winning the 2010 IRA National Championships with CalBears.com (via calathletics)
A regular fixture on the U.S. coaching staff since 1996, Mike Teti came to Cal in 2008, after rowing at St. Joseph's University. Teti immediately led Cal to a Pac-10 Championship. Under his tutelage, the Cal men's eight team has continued its successful tradition in the sport.
An Interview with Mike Teti at the Final Olympic Qualification Regatta in Lucerne, Switzerland (via WorldRowingFISA)
A member of the USRowing Hall of Fame as both a coach and an athlete, Teti has also guided U.S. national team crews to 28 total medals, including four world championship gold medals in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2005. He will serve as assistant coach for the U.S. team in London, reprising his role as head coach of the men's eight team.
From Mike Teti's CalBears.com profile:
"A long time fixture in U.S. rowing, both as a coach and a competitor, Mike Teti has carried on the historic and successful tradition of California crew since becoming the head coach in July 2008.
Teti officially started at Cal on Sept. 1, 2008, after coaching the U.S. men's eight to a bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Returning to the international stage yet again in 2012, Teti will serve as an assistant coach for the U.S. at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, England, coaching the men's eight.
Last summer, Teti enjoyed more success at the international level. He coached the U.S. men's eight that claimed first in a record-setting time (5:24.31) at the 2011 U23 World Championships in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. One of Teti's current rowers, Chris Yeager, participated on that record-setting boat.
Teti guided Cal's varsity eight to a third-place finish at the IRA national championships and second place at the Pac-10 championships in 2011. Under the tutelage of Teti, Samuel Walker was named the Pac-10 Athlete of the Year last season, while Dane Oatman garnered Newcomer of the Year honors. It was the second straight season that a Cal rower was named the Athlete of the Year (Nareg Guregian - 2010).
In the 2010 collegiate campaign, Teti helped Cal's varsity eight to the 2010 IRA Championship and a second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships. It was Cal's 16th IRA national title in the varsity eight. This past summer, Teti and current assistant coach Luke Agnini assisted the U.S. to a silver medal in the eight at the U23 World Rowing Championships. The eight boat featured four Cal rowers from 2010.
In December of 2008, Teti received the USRowing Medal, the highest honor that the rowing governing body can bestow.
In March of 2010, Teti was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame as the coach of the gold medal-winning men¹s eight at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Teti was the first person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame as both a coach and an athlete."