Women's Openweight Crew

Holly Metcalf
Holly Metcalf
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-258-5299
Email: hmetcalf@mit.edu
Year: 9th at MIT
Previous College: Mount Holyoke College '81

Holly Metcalf is in her ninth season as head coach for the MIT openweight women. She has transformed the program from a struggling Division I squad into a team that is competitive within the Eastern Sprints, as well as its new conference, the Patriot League, where the Engineers’ varsity 8 squad has regularly gained the Grand Final. Additionally, in every year under Metcalf the team has earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for its exceptional academic performance.

Metcalf was a six-time member of the U.S. National Team and won five World Championship and Olympic medals, including a Gold Medal at the 1984 Olympics in the women’s eight. She has coached extensively at the club, college, and national team levels. Metcalf also directed the Silver Medal winning crew at the 1990 World Championships. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she was selected as a member of that school’s inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.

More recently, Metcalf used rowing to enrich the lives of hundreds of women and girls through a variety of non-profit programs. In 1994, she founded the Row As One Institute, which provides masters women with top-level coaching. She extended this concept to inner-city girls in 1996 with her G-ROW program in Watertown, Massachusetts. Six years later Metcalf established WeCanRow, a wellness and rehabilitation organization for female cancer survivors, which recently evolved into WeCanRow National.

Over the years Metcalf has accrued numerous awards and honors, including:

2008 - USRowing Woman of the Year (with Olympic teammates)

2004 - RYKÄ First Women of Fitness Award

1999 - YWCA Outstanding Woman

1999 - New England Women's Leadership Award

1999 - USRowing Woman of the Year (with Ernestine Bayer)

1999 - New England Women's Sports Hall of Fame

1998 - New England Hero Award

1998 - Girl Scouts of America Leading Woman

1997 - Boston Magazine's Top 50 Most Intriguing Women

1993 - Peter F. Drucker Award, Project Teamwork

1990 - World Championships Silver Medal (coach)

1987 - World Championships Silver Medal 

1984 - USRowing Hall of Fame

1984 - Maine Hall of Fame

1984 - Olympic Gold Medal

1983 - World Championships Silver Medal

1982 - World Championships Silver Medal

1981 - World Championships Bronze Medal

Hank Zimmerman
Hank Zimmerman
Title: Novice Coach
Phone: 617-253-8141
Year: 1st at MIT
Previous College: Ithaca College '09

In July of 2015 MIT announced that Hank Zimmerman would be joining the MIT women's openweight crew team as an assistant coach. Zimmerman brings six years of collegiate coaching experience to the Engineers' program, including the last three seasons with the Princeton University women's lightweight team.

At Princeton, Zimmerman helped the Tigers earn a silver medal at the Eastern Sprints in his first season with the team. Princeton also earned a regular-season win over Wisconsin and a runner-up finish at the San Diego Crew Classic. In 2013-14, Princeton earned a bronze medal at the Eastern Sprints and reached the grand final at the IRA Championships. In 2014-15 Zimmerman coached the Varsity 4+ to a Bonze medal at the IRA Championships.

At Georgetown he coached the Hoyas Varsity 8 crew to a fourth-place finish at the Eastern Sprints and recruited the Class of 2016. Prior to Georgetown, Zimmerman was an assistant coach for the both the men's and women's rowing programs at Franklin and Marshall College. While at Franklin and Marshall, he received his masters in education from Millersville University in 2011. A 2009 graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in history, he was a four-year member of the crew team there.