Todd brings nearly 60 years of coaching experience to the Gonzaga staff, joining the team in November of 2018. Having coached championship crews at every level of men’s rowing, Todd is the dean of all Junior coaches in America today. A graduate of Cornell University, Todd began his coaching career with the Cornell Lightweights. With the Cornell 150s, Todd won three EARC Sprint titles and his 1967 Varsity team completed an undefeated season and won the Thames Cup at Henley. He moved on to coach the Cornell Varsity Heavyweights and won the IRA National Championship in 1971. He is a member of the Cornell University Hall of Fame.
He coached rowing and taught English at the Groton School for over a decade during the 1980s, winning numerous NEIRA titles there. His next assignment was establishing the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Program in Ohio. During the decade of the 1990’s, Todd’s Cincinnati crews won five US Rowing Junior National Championships. He also coached the men’s US Junior National Team Eight in ‘91, ‘92, and ’93, medaling each year and winning the World Championship in ‘92.
Todd’s next major achievement was with the Shrewsbury School in England, leading them to a Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup win at Henley in 2007. In the latter stages of his coaching career, Todd has assisted at a number of DC Area programs including Thomas Jefferson, WT Woodson, and, most recently, Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Todd was recognized with the John Kelly award by US Rowing in 2014 for a lifetime of contributions to the sport at all levels. Todd and his wife Natalie own a home in Woodbridge, VA, and reside during the summer on a mountain-top home in Vermont they built themselves.