Linda Muri returns to coaching and to her alma mater for the first time following successful stints at Cornell University (’98-’01), Harvard College (’01-’14), and Dartmouth College (’14-17). Muri began rowing as an undergraduate at MIT after spending her freshman year competing on the Field Hockey, Basketball, and Track & Field teams. As a rower, she went on to become a two-time captain and MVP. Muri graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering.
Muri has extensive international coaching experience as well. From 2011 to 2014, she coached former Harvard Lightweight rower Andrew Campbell to four medal finishes in the single sculls, including two gold medals at the 2013 and 2014 World Rowing U23 Championships. Prior to that, she helped guide three US crews to gold medals at the 2010 World Rowing U23 Championships. From 2004-05, she served as an assistant coach on the US Women's Junior Team, helping the 4- and 2- earn places in the grand final at the Junior World Championships both years. Since 2004, she has coached at 13 different World Championship events.
During her own career as a rower, Muri was a nine-time US National Team member and a three-time World Champion. In 1994, she was a semi-finalist for the James E. Sullivan Award, which recognizes the top amateur athlete in the country. She is also an 18-time US National Champion and has won 12 Head of the Charles Regattas and 2 CRASH-B Hammers. A committed competitor, she continues to enjoy training for masters level competitions.
In 2009, the MIT and Harvard-Radcliffe Women's Lightweight teams renamed their annual race the Linda Muri Cup to honor her for her significant contributions to the sport of Rowing, and, especially, Lightweight Rowing.
Originally from Woburn, Mass., Muri earned a Master's degree in Education from Harvard in 1997.