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About Peter Mallory


Peter Davis Mallory comes from a New England nautical family. His great great grandfather and great grandfather built whaling ships in Mystic, Connecticut. His grandfather led Mystic Seaport during its formative years in the 1940s and 1950s. His father rowed at Kent School and sculled in New Haven Harbor while attending Yale University.

Peter began his rowing career in 1959 as a coxswain at Kent School in Connecticut. He lived on the same dormitory hallway as Steve Gladstone, who has since become the only contemporary coach ever to win eleven IRA Championships, and now he is head coach at Yale University. They remain good friends.

In 1966, Peter stroked the Lightweight Men's Varsity Eight at the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in art history. That boat set a course record at the Head of the Charles that stood for ten years.

He was a so-called mud angel, angelo del fango, in Florence, Italy in the aftermath of the catastrophic flood of 1966, and he rowed daily out of Canottieri Firenze Comunali while he worked at various churches and museums restoring art in 1967. He gets by in four languages.

During his rowing career, Peter has represented Penn, Undine BC and Vesper BC in Philadelphia, Cambridge BC in the Boston area, and Long Beach RA, Mission Bay RA, San Diego RC and ZLAC RC in California. As an athlete he won four Canadian and two U.S. National Championships.

In 1972, he was the lightweight single sculler on the American composite lightweight squad that competed in European regattas prior to the Munich Olympics.

During a long career in education, he has taught in prep school, a public elementary school and a maximum-security prison. He has coached cross country / track, soccer and competitive cycling.

He has coached rowing at Penn, Long Beach State, LBRA, ZLAC RC, Mission Bay RA, San Diego State, San Diego RC, UCLA and Loyola Marymount University. During his career, his crews have won more than 90% of their races, including more than fifty Canadian and U.S. Championships. His crews once went undefeated for five consecutive years except for a couple of Silver Medals at the Nationals.

At the junior, U-23 and senior levels, he has been a U.S. National Team Coach six times and U.S. chef de mission once. Several of the athletes he coached have gone on to World and Olympic medals.

Along with coaching, Peter spent 25 years working as a CPA. In 2008, he retired from accounting to dedicate himself full-time to research and writing.

Mallory is a world-recognized historian and scholar. In 1976, he took a graduate course on international sport at San Diego State University taught by the legendary Dr. Reet Howell. His research paper on the competitive rowing program of the German Democratic Republic became the seed that eventually grew into The Sport of Rowing, a four-volume, 2,500 page evolutionary history of rowing technique, which, as noted elsewhere on this website, has been lauded around the world.

In 1989, Mallory's Optimal Force Application in Rowing, the Analysis of Force Graphs and Force Graph Biofeedback was presented and published at the 18th FISA Coaches' Conference.

Peter is the editor of the new eBook reissue of the complete works of legendary coach Steve Fairbairn, the most influential and controversial rowing personality who ever lived. All four volumes were issued in the Kindle format early in November of 2014.

His first book was a humorous memoir called An Out-of-Boat Experience . . . or God is a Rower, and He Rows Like Me! It has been called both profound and very funny. The first and second editions sold out years ago, but used copies can still be found on the internet. A "new and improved" expanded and rewritten third edition with five times the illustrations came out as an eBook prior to Christmas 2014.

Peter is a proud member of San Diego Rowing Club in the United States and Leander Club in England. He is also a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Rowing History and the Board of Trustees of the American Friends of River & Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames, England.

His wife of fourteen years, Susan Howell Mallory, rowed for ZLAC Rowing Club as a senior in high school during the 1970s. Today she serves as head of Banking and Personal Financial Services worldwide for Northern Trust. The Mallorys make their home in Old Oar Cottage in the Bel Air neighborhood of West Los Angeles, though they also maintain close ties to La Jolla, California. They are both stewards of the San Diego Crew Classic.

Peter's stepdaughter, Emily Ten Eyck, rowed for ZLAC and for Northeastern University.

Peter's son, Philip Rogers Mallory II, won a Southwest Regional Championship for San Diego Rowing Club at the age of 15 and spent his high school junior year in France, where he went undefeated in junior road cycling competition. He wrote a book about his experiences in France called More Than a Mountain. He briefly coached crew at his alma mater, Boston University. As a lieutenant jg in the U.S. Navy, Philip coached in the inner city Granby High School crew program in Norfolk, Virginia and collaborated with his father in consulting, mentoring and coaching worldwide.

Now that collaboration is complete. Upon retirement from the Navy in March, 2014, Philip and his wife Rachel moved to West Los Angeles where he worked as his father's partner and colleague on the staff of the Loyola Marymount University Men's Crew until they both retired in 2015, Peter to return to writing, Philip to spend time with wife Rachel and their new son, Nicholas.

"The opportunity for me and my son to share our mutual passion of coaching on a daily basis has been one of my most treasured possessions in a long life in rowing that now spans 58 years."

In addition to Peter's coaching and mentoring and his continuing work as an historian and author and his hobby of restoring antique oars, he trains regularly on erg and bicycle, but his competitive days seem to be over.