Paul Savell and Amy Ridall Elected To Dad Vail Regatta Board of Directors

For Immediate Release

Ed Levin
Publicity Director
Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta
610-246-5902 (Cell phone)

Philadelphia – The Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee (DVROC), organizers of the prestigious Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, most recently presented by Independence Blue Cross, Coca-Cola and PECO are pleased to announce the election of Paul Savell and Amy Ridall to the Dad Vail Regatta Board of Directors.

In more than 30 years of collegiate coaching including the last 15 years as the Director of Rowing and Head Men’s and Women’s coach of Drexel University, Savell has accomplished many remarkable victories and has received countless coveted awards including being named Dad Vail Coach of the Year in 2015.

Since arriving in 2007 Savell has turned the Dragons into a preeminent powerhouse winning six of seven overall team titles, including Drexel’s first ever in 2013. The Dragons have also won the men’s point trophy (2013, 2015, 2019) three times and the women’s point trophy (2017, 2018) title twice.  

“We are pleased to add Paul (Savell) to our board of directors,” said Jim Hanna, President of the Dad Vail Organizing Committee. “His rowing acumen is paramount and to have this venerable and accomplished rowing athlete and coach join its board members to enhance the “grand daddy” of collegiate regattas, the esteemed Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta is important in our continued success.”

Amy Ridall, a lifelong athlete and devoutly loyal Temple Alumnus, joins the Board of Directors of the Dad Vail Regatta Organizing Committee. Amy joins this organization with a lifelong passion for rowing and tremendous appreciation for the value of the Dad Vail Regatta. Ridall was a member of the first Temple women’s team to win gold.

Currently, Amy is a Vice President of Select Medical with responsibility nationwide for communications and branding for their outpatient physical therapy division which is the largest of its kind in the country.

 “We are grateful and proud to have the enthusiasm and talent of a rowing devotee and Dad Vail Regatta Gold Medal winner such as Amy joining our board of directors,” said Hanna.

“The Dad Vail Regatta is iconic and steeped in history,” said Ridall. “As a Temple University Women’s Rowing alumna, competing in and winning the Dad Vail was always the ultimate goal. As a member of the first women’s varsity eight to win Dad Vail gold, this regatta holds a very special place and memory for me. I am honored to be appointed to the Dad Vail Regatta Board of Directors. I am excited to join a group of incredible individuals who have a passion for the sport of rowing and continuing this incredible tradition for schools and rowers across the country.”

The 84th Annual Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, most recently presented by Independence Blue Cross, PECO and Coca Cola will be staged on the Cooper River, in Pennsauken Township, New Jersey on Friday, May 12, 2023, and Saturday, May 13, 2023.