Cambridge, Mass. (October 23) -- The MIT Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER) has announced a gift from Richard J. Resch '61 that will support a significant renovation of MIT's Harold W. Pierce Boathouse. In recognition, the 52-year-old facility along the Charles River will be renamed the Richard J. Resch Boathouse.
"I am very pleased to support this important project that will impact the future of the crew programs at MIT," said Resch, the chairman and CEO of furniture company Krueger International, who rowed for MIT as an undergraduate and went on to serve as part-time coach of the freshman lightweight crew. "MIT Crew has played a significant role in my life and the lives of so many MIT student-athletes. A fully renovated facility will provide immeasurable benefits for MIT's rowing community and enable the Institute to continue its rich tradition in the sport."
Dedicated on September 9, 1966, as the home of the MIT Crew programs, the current facility houses 64 ergometers and a fleet of more than 50 shells, including eights, fours, pairs, and singles housed in four boat bays.
The extensive renovation will include redesigned locker rooms; increased space in the workout area, which houses the ergometers; new coaches' offices; and an area for coaching meetings. In addition, there will be an increase in the amount of space dedicated to boat storage, along with the extension of a wrap-around deck that will add a second egress to the building.
"Our boathouse has a very prominent location along the river," said MIT director of athletics Julie Soriero. "This exciting renovation, made possible by the generosity of our alumni, and in particular, Dick Resch—who has been a long-time supporter of MIT Crew—will transform the space for our student-athletes and world-class programs. I would also like to thank the Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust for its support in the construction of the original boathouse and what that has meant to our crew programs during their history."
The MIT Crew teams compete at the Division I level against competition from across the region and the nation. On the women's side, the lightweight crew team earned medals in two races at the Dad Vail Regatta and finished sixth at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship. The openweight crew team competes in the Patriot League and is directed by 2017 Patriot League Coach of the Year Holly Metcalf. For the men's programs, the heavyweight crew team won its fourth straight Donahue Cup last season, while the lightweight team earned spots in the Petite Finals of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship in the Varsity 4+ and Varsity 4-.
"This renovation will be a great boon to the performance of our crews and the experience of our student-athletes," said Tony Kilbridge, H.W. McCurdy '22 Director of Rowing and head coach. "Expanded, modern workout spaces will improve our ability to train in bad weather, and larger boat bays will allow us to house a better fleet of shells. We will also have much-needed improvements to new small-group meeting spaces and the women's locker room. The program is incredibly grateful to the alumni, and especially Dick Resch, who made this possible."