About Linda Muri

 
 © Igor Belakovskiy

© Igor Belakovskiy

THREE-TIME WORLD CHAMPION LINDA MURI began rowing as an undergraduate at MIT after spending her freshman year competing on the Field Hockey, Basketball, and Track & Field teams. Following her graduation with a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering, she began working at Composite Engineering, Inc., West Concord, MA, manufacturers of Van Dusen Racing Boats. Her work there combined R&D on cutting edge racing shell and flat-water canoe and kayak designs. She also learned composite boat building from design to finished product.

Linda returned to rowing in pursuit of a US National team berth and began working for Riverside Boat Club, Cambridge, MA, where she repaired and serviced their rowing fleet. Finding success on the US National team, she prepared for her eventual retirement from elite rowing by pursuing a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard with an eye toward teaching Physics. Before retirement happened, however, a move to Ithaca, NY, put her back on the path to coaching. Although Linda had coached at Simmons College, Boston, MA, and before that at the Middlesex School, Concord, MA, it was not until she began coaching at Cornell University while continuing to compete for the US team that she found her calling. At Cornell, she worked with the Lightweight Men’s squad where in her first year, her Freshman team earned a silver medal at the Eastern Sprints. Following 3 years at Cornell, Linda spent the next 13 years in Cambridge, MA, as the assistant coach of the Harvard Men's Lightweight Crew.

At Harvard, Linda significantly contributed to the success of the program by leading the Crimson Freshman Lightweights to seven Eastern Sprints medals and five IRA medals. Some of her duties included working as the head recruiter, developing and implementing year-round training and injury-prevention programs, and coordinating team travel. Her next move was to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, where she became the head coach for the Women’s Rowing Team before setting out on her next adventure.

Linda's extensive international experience includes coaching former Harvard Lightweight rower Andrew Campbell to gold medal finishes in the single sculls event at the 2013 and 2014 World Rowing U23 Championships as well as a bronze medal in 2012 at the Senior World Championships.  Prior to that, she helped guide three US boats to gold medals at the 2010 World Rowing U23 Championships. From 2004-05, she served as an assistant coach on the US Women's Junior Team, helping the 4- and 2- earn places in the grand final at the Junior World Championships both years. Since 2004, she has coached at 12 different World Championship events.

In addition to coaching, Linda is a leader on land, holding multiple leadership positions, including serving as the President and Director of the CRASH-B Sprints World Indoor Rowing Championships from 2006 through 2013. She served on the Cambridge Boat Club Board of Directors for four years including one as President, and the USRowing Board of Directors with 8 years on the USRowing High Performance Committee from 2001-2008. She currently serves on the Boston Athletic Association Board of Directors since 1996 and has run the Boston Marathon twice. In 2009, the Harvard-Radcliffe and MIT Women's Lightweight teams renamed their annual race the Linda Muri Cup to honor her for her significant contributions to the sport of Rowing, and, especially, Lightweight Rowing.

During her own career as a rower, Linda was a nine-time US National Team member and a three-time World Champion. In 1994, she was a semi-finalist for the James E. Sullivan Award, which recognizes the top amateur athlete in the country.  Linda is also an 18-time US National Champion and has won 12 Head of the Charles Regattas and 2 CRASH-B Hammers. A committed competitor, she continues to enjoy training for Masters level competitions.