Justin Stangel was hired as the head coach of the men’s crew program

ITHACA, NY – Ithaca College Associate Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Susan Basset ’79 has announced that Justin Stangel will become the sixth head coach in the school’s history to take over the men’s team program. Stangel will take up his official appointment on July 12.

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Stangel as our Head Men’s Crew Coach,” said Bassett. “Justin emerged from a competitive national search as the ideal candidate to take the reins of our men’s rowing team. His experience as a rower at Syracuse, Oxford and as a member of the national team paved the way for his passion for the sport. He has gained valuable coaching experience at the Division I level, the HS and at Hobart College, being a member of the Liberty League. Justin has a proven track record of recruiting and articulated a clear path to success for the Bombers. I’m confident that Coach Stangel will continue the tradition of success established in the IC men’s team. We welcome him to the Bomber family and Ithaca College community.”

Stangel comes to South Hill after spending the 2022 season as an assistant head coach at Hobart College in Geneva. Last spring, Stangel helped lead the Statesmen to their 16th straight Liberty League championship, a fifth-place finish in the National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC) and a 14th-place finish in the IRA Championships.

“I want to thank Associate Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Susan Basset and the selection committee for this opportunity to lead the Ithaca College men’s rowing team,” said Stangel. “As I went through the interview process, I realized that this is a place where student-athletes compete for championships while also achieving their goals can fill the classroom.Taking charge of the retiring Dan Robinson after more than four decades will not be easy but I look forward to the challenge of leading the team in the next chapter of Ithaca College men’s rowing.I look forward to working in the Coming to campus in July to start recruiting and get ready for the upcoming season. Go Bomber!”

Stangel spent six seasons from 2017-2018 as an associate head coach and from 2013-2017 as an assistant coach at Syracuse University. In that span of time, the SU men’s team improved significantly at the national level between 2015 and 2018. The 1V ranked 19th in 2015, compared to 8th in 2018, while the 2V moved up from 16th to ninth over the same period. All three boats finished in the top 10 at the 2018 IRA Championships. While at Syracuse, Stangel also served as a recruiting coordinator.

Outside the collegiate ranks, Stangel has worked with the US Rowing Olympic Development Program, served as director of rowing and head coach at Greenwich Country Day School and the Pelham Community Rowing Association.

As a member of the USRowing Olympic Development Program, Stangel coached the elite U20 athletes who may row for future US national teams.

Stangel graduated from Syracuse in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in health and exercise science. He was a member of the men’s rowing program for four years and was co-captain in his senior year.

He was also a member of the US junior team in 2002 and 2003, where he won a silver medal in the 8+, and rowed for the University of Oxford Boat Club from 2007 to 2009 and for the US seniors national team from 2010 to 2012 Helping the Couple to qualify for the 2012 Olympics at the 2011 World Championships.

Stangel earned his Masters of Science degree in Science and Medicine of Athletic Performance from Oxford in 2009 and holds his USRowing Level 3 coaching certification.


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