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About Loyola Marymount University

"Founded in 1911, Loyola Marymount University is the Jesuit and Marymount university of Los Angeles. Located high on a bluff on the westside of Los Angeles, our beautiful 142-acre campus overlooks the Pacific Ocean to the west and LA's city skyline to the east. Annually earning national recognition and top ratings, LMU was ranked #3 "Best Regional University in the West" by U.S. News & World Report and included in Princeton Review's 'The Best 371 Colleges: 2010 Edition.'

"From our challenging programs to a dynamic, high caliber faculty to an average class size of 18, LMU offers you exciting opportunities, personal attention, and a world-class academic environment. This year we celebrate our centennial, honoring the university's past, celebrating the present and looking to a great future."

So says If you are a prospective student, do your due diligence. You will find LMU worthy of your serious consideration.

As for me, I'm an Ivy League grad and not often impressed, and I had never even set foot on the LMU campus before coming to work here. What I have discovered are serious, motivated, successful students, faculty and alumni and a staff all the way up to the President of the University with only one mission, and that is to support and guide LMU students to be the very best they can be.

Seriously, these are the nicest, most dedicated people I have ever met on any college campus in the country.

If LMU meets your wants and needs as an academic institution and if you want to row as well, whether you are experienced or not, I encourage you to google "lmu rowing" and visit the team website and the team Facebook page. The women compete in NCAA Division I and are members of the West Coast Conference. The men are also a varsity sport. We compete in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) and sent a crew to the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championships in 2014. Going forward, success at the IRAs and at the Henley Royal Regatta is the LMU Men's goal on both the heavyweight and lightweight levels.

The Director of Rowing and Women's Head Coach is Dr. Vaclav Kacir, who represented Czechoslovakia in his youth and has coached Slovak and U.S. Crews to international medals during his coaching career. Prior to coming to LMU in 2011, "V" won numerous awards for his coaching at Columbia and Stanford Universities.

V has been recruiting women athletes from within the U.S. and internationally during the four years that he has led the LMU program. The results of that recruiting are beginning to bear fruit, and his women's crews have gained substantially in speed each year of his tenure.

Likewise, I have been recruiting young men enthusiastically since my own arrival two-plus years ago, and the results will multiply over the next several years. My son, Philip, and I have now moved on, but the team will continue to build on the foundation we have left.

Both the men's and women's programs are on a steep upward trajectory. The boathouse is buzzing with excitement.

If you will graduate from high school in the coming year or beyond and you might be interested in learning more about LMU the university and LMU the rowing program, please follow up, come visit the campus, one of the ten most beautiful in the entire country, and meet the athletes. I guarantee you will be both intrigued and impressed.