UNC crew coach Micah Boyd celebrates Homecoming with his team at Aberdeen Dad Vail
By Eddie Levin
University of North Carolina crew coach Micah Boyd never rowed in the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta, but he is no stranger to the event.
As a spectator, Boyd attended several Dad Vail Regattas while he was living in the Philadelphia area and was awestruck by the intense competition and the challenging Schuylkill racecourse. Now, in his first year as UNC’s head coach, Boyd is giving his crews an opportunity to compete in Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta.
“When I rowed at The University of Wisconsin we never went to this race,” said Boyd, who is in his first year as head coach after spending one year as an assistant coach. “I never thought much about it until I went to Penn AC where I rowed full time for three years and lived in the Philly area for almost five. Dad Vail time was something new to me in Philly and the first one I saw just blew me away. So many teams all trying to fit into one racecourse always seems like a miracle. Hearing so many stories about misfortune, luck, and lanes was also something special because it always makes for some memorable racing. I always felt that there was more heartbreak on this course than any other race course.”
This will be my first time at Dad Vail and I am really excited for the opportunity, said senior Patrick Short, who will row in the third seat. “A few of my family members are planning to make it out for the race and it will be a great way for them to see what a big rowing community there is in Philadelphia and on the east coast in general.”
The trip will be North Carolina’s first since 2009 and this year the Tar Heels will be bringing its varsity heavyweight eight; junior varsity eight; novice eight and novice four boats for the two-day competition.
Established in 1969, the University of North Carolina men’s club program has made only a few trips to the Dad Vail but Boyd is hoping to change that trend and create a new tradition that will include making the Aberdeen Dad Vail a key piece of the spring schedule.
“The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is the biggest regatta in the spring season,” Boyd said. “I believe this why you train. I am thrilled to be a part of this prestigious event. Philadelphia holds a special place in my heart and it is a special rowing place.”
UNC looks for strong showing at Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta
Short added, “Dad Vail will be a great opportunity for us to see dozens of competitive crews in the month leading up to ACRA’s (American Collegiate Rowing Association). Our coaching staff is big believers that learning to race is tremendously important late in the season, so any opportunity to see more competitive crews is great for us!”
When Boyd was elevated to Head Coach for the UNC men’s club program in this year, which is a campus situated in the beautiful college town of Chapel Hill, he brought with him a wealth of rowing knowledge that was perfect for a program looking to raise the bar. Boyd’s rowing background included collegiate experience at the University of Wisconsin as well as rowing in the Beijing Olympics.
With the 2014 Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta less than 90 days away, UNC continued its preparation by coming up to the Philadelphia area to compete in the Murphy Cup, where it will race against many of the same schools racing in the Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta.
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