Thomas Bohrer, one of the most accomplished American rowers in Olympic history and a 2010 National Rowing Hall of Fame inductee, returns for his fifth season as the head coach of the Boston University men's crew program, continuing to lay the groundwork for an elite program.
His fourth dual season in 2012 ended on a grand note with the Terriers' varsity eight boat defeating No. 4 California two times for the first time ever in one event during the IRAs en route to a sixth-place finish. BU took seventh overall as a team with 122 points and was only six away from a fifth-place result.
During the 2011 dual season, the Terriers captured a program-record five cups. They opened the year by winning both the Michalson Cup and the freshman race against Brown for the first time ever in one year. The Cup victory marked Bohrer's second in three years against the Bears and BU's fourth overall dating back to 1980.
Carrying momentum from the win, BU went on to defeat Northeastern (Arlett Cup), Dartmouth (Bill Cup), Syracuse (Conlan Cup) and Columbia (Lusins Cup) with the win against the Orange marking BU's first since 2005. The varsity eight boat would later fall 0.3 seconds short of a undefeated record against Wisconsin, but BU would rebound from the heartbreaker by being one of only three programs to have both the varsity eight and freshman eight boats reach the Grand Final at the Eastern Sprints.
In 2010, the freshman eight boat recorded an undefeated dual-season record and would go on to finish fourth at the Eastern Sprints, its best result in over 40 years. The freshmen missed out on a Grand Final appearance at the IRAs by 0.244 seconds but came back the following day to win the Petite Final. Facing a similar situation after missing out on the Grand Final by 0.02 seconds, the varsity eight boat also captured the Petite to help BU finish sixth overall in the team standings, an improvement of one spot from 2009.
The Terriers made a splash in Bohrer's first year at the 2009 Eastern Sprints and the IRA Championships by sending both varsity eight boats to each of the Grand Finals for the first time ever in the same year. The Terriers varsity eight boat upset then-No. 2 Brown during the Michalson Cup race for their first win against the Bears since 1987. They carried the momentum from the win to make a last-minute charge in the semifinals of the IRA Championship to overtake No. 4 Wisconsin and reach the Grand Final for the first time since 2005. With the second varsity eight boat also reaching its respective Grand Final race at the IRAs, BU received the Clayton Chapman Award for the most improved team in the country.
A two-time Olympic medalist and a three-time medalist at the World Championships, Bohrer competed for the United States Rowing Team from 1986 to 1994, earning silver medals in the men's coxless fours at two consecutive Olympic Summer Games (Seoul in 1988 and Barcelona in 1992). He was named US Rowing Athlete of the Year in 1989, and served as the Olympic Team Captain in 1992.
Bohrer has more than 20 years of successful coaching experience, most recently with the Union Boat Club in Boston, where he has trained rowers at the masters, collegiate, novice, youth and national team levels since 2000. He also has served as the boys' varsity coach at Wayland-Weston High School, which won state championships each of the three years he coached there.
Bohrer founded TBfit.com, a subscription website providing rowing and strength-training programs, and has served as a consultant for Concept 2, a manufacturer of rowing machines and oars. He had two previous stints as a coach with Community Rowing and was Middlesex School's director of rowing and strength and conditioning coach from 1997-99. He has served as the head indoor rowing instructor for the Concord Recreation Department since founding the program in 1998.
Certified as both a personal trainer (CPT) and strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), Bohrer continues to compete at the master's level. He won the Masters Singles (30+) at the Head of the Charles in 2001 and 2002, and finished second in 2003. In 2004 and 2005, he won the Masters eight-man with his former club, Penn AC. He returned to the podium in 2008 and 2009 with first-place results in the Masters Singles (40+) competition.
Bohrer graduated from the Florida Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree in 1986. He lives in Concord, Mass., with his wife, CB Sands, a two-time lightweight world champion. They have three children: Sally, Sabrina and Si.
The Terrier men's crew program is entering its 73rd season, and once again will have its DeWolfe Boathouse serve as the host for the start of the 47th annual Head of the Charles Regatta, to be held Oct. 22-23, 2011.