Women’s Crew Dedicates Boats to President Hopey, Former Coach Desrosiers


NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – During the women's crew team's end of the year banquet this past Sunday, the Merrimack women's crew team held a boat dedication ceremony at the Merrimack Boathouse, honoring Merrimack College President Christopher E. Hopey and its first-ever head coach, Tim Desrosiers.

"I think that it's very important the we recognize the impact these two men have had on our program and naming a boat after them is a great way to thank them," said head coach David LeFebvre. "President Hopey has been our number one fan since day one and was there when our team placed first at the New Hampshire Championship Regatta at the beginning of the season. Coach Desrosiers played a major role in getting the program up and running as a varsity sport at Merrimack College as well as making a lasting impact on the program."

Women's crew, now in its third year as a varsity sport has grown into a thriving program due to the generous support of the school, alumni, friends and family. Due to the incredible support the program has received from President Hopey, the women's crew team dedicated a women's varsity eight Vespoli Boat in his honor.

Desrosiers had a lasting impact on the program as the former coach helped get the program started here at Merrimack three years ago. In his final season, Merrimack continued its success, winning three Varsity 4 races against regional competition before taking the inaugural Northeast-10 Conference Cup later in the year.

The women's crew team returns to the water this weekend, as the Warriors take part in the Dad Vail Regatta Friday and Saturday morning. Both regattas are scheduled for a 9 a.m. start time.


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