career summary for Harvard Crimson Men's Rowing: "Harry Parker is widely regarded as the premier rowing coach in the United States and, since taking over the heavyweight program in 1963, has brought tremendous success to the Crimson as his crews have dominated both the Eastern Sprints and national championships.
In 2009, his varsity eight went undefeated in dual... " racing for the 20th time since 1963 and gave him his 40th win at the Harvard-Yale Regatta with a 20 second victory over its arch rival. In 2007, the Crimson returned to top of the medal stand at the EARC Sprints with its fourth gold medal in five years. Harvard's varsity went on to win silver at the IRA National Championship and won the Ladies Plate at Henley.
Highlights of his four-decade tenure include 20 undefeated regular seasons, 25 EARC Sprints varsity titles, 20 JV Sprints crowns, eight official national championship victories, and eight unofficial national crowns when the Crimson has gone undefeated against all major competition.
The current run of unparalleled success is the most recent addition to Parker's already-impressive resume, as the varsity entered the spring of 2006 having won 24 consecutive dual matches covering 32 opponents. Parker's 2005 varsity continued the remarkable run by capturing a third straight gold medal at both Eastern Sprints and the IRA National Championship, retaining the Ten Eyck Trophy for overall heavyweight supremacy at IRAs, as well as a sixth-consecutive victory over Yale.
Harry Parker's Harvard crews won the Eastern Sprints every year between 1964 and 1970. Parker coached a Harvard four man boat (4+) at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Parker and the Harvard crew made the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1965. Parker's crews won the 1967 Pan American Games, and finished second at the 1967 European Championships. Parker's 1968 crew earned the right to represent the United States at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City -- the last collegiate crew ever to do so. The Harvard 8 narrowly won the Olympic trials by 5/100th of a second over of a powerful University of Pennsylvania crew - a race that pitted Parker against his mentor Joe Burk."View more