David LeFebvre enters his fifth season as Merrimack College women's rowing head coach in 2017-18.
The former Boston University Head Men's Crew Freshman Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, LeFebvre was hired as the second-ever head coach in the history of Merrimack women's rowing on Aug. 22, 2013.
The 2016-17 campaign saw continued success for the Warriors. Merrimack registered five top-three finishes over eight events. Merrimack began the season with a program-best 11th-place posting at the Head of the Charles Regatta, competing in the Varsity Four event that saw the Warriors finish in the top third of a 35-crew field that included many Division I boats. The Warriors concluded the season with a second-place finish at the Dad Vail Regatta, matching up against the majority of the nationally ranked crews in Division II.
During the spring of 2016, the Warriors competed with a Varsity Eights boat for the first time in program history. The unit was ranked regionally throughout the season, reaching as high as fourth in the East. The Warriors won the Varsity Fours events at the UMass Lowell Invitational and the Northeast-10 Cup, the later for the third straight season.
Over the past summer, the Warriors competed internationally at the Henley Women's Regatta, the largest international regatta to convene annually. Merrimack also competed in the Reading Amateur Regatta, where the Warriors won their first-ever race on international waters.
The 2014-15 campaign was arguably the most successful year in program history. The Warriors completed a fall schedule that saw the program win at the New Hampshire Championships and compete at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta.
The spring season brought a myriad of headlines. After a second-place finish at the Knecht Cup, Merrimack entered the Collegiate Coaches Rowing Association rankins as the No. 8 team in the nation, the first national ranking ever for Merrimack. The Warriors responded by winning the next three events in Varsity 4s, including the Northeast-10 Cup and the New England Championships. The Navy and Gold concluded the year at the Dad Vail Regatta as the silver medalists in Division II/III Varsity 4s, trailing No. 1 Barry by only three seconds. It marked the program's first medal at the Dad Vail, the nation's largest intercollegiate regatta.
His first full year guiding the Warriors featured a number of highlights, and he did not have to wait long to guide the team to its first victory, as Merrimack placed first at the New Hampshire Championships Regatta in early October. In the spring campaign, LeFebvre brought the Warriors to Clemson University in South Carolina for their Spring Break training and that paid dividends, as Merrimack would eventually defend its NE-10 Cup title later in April at the second-ever NE-10 Rowing Cup. LeFebvre also led the Warriors to strong performances at the Knecht Cup and the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta to round out the year.
Responsible for the complete overhaul of the recruiting system at BU during his time on campus, LeFebvre served as head coach of the freshman men's crew team from September 1997 through January of 2009 after spending two years (1995-97) as a volunteer assistant coach.
While with the Terriers, LeFebvre coached five student-athletes who would eventually row in the Olympics; five competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and four of those who would go on to row again in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
LeFebvre's knack to find top talent resulted in his freshmen crews posting 11 straight winning seasons during his time at BU, winning the first and only medals for BU Men's Crew at the EARC Sprints since the 1960s, at the IRA National Championships since 1979 and Head of the Charles since 1987.
A 1990 graduate from BU's School of Management with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration concentrating in Marketing and Finance, LeFebvre was a U.S. National Team Athlete from 1993-97, serving as an Alternate in the 1996 Summer Olympics and representing the United States in a wide variety of international competitions.
LeFebvre also earned a degree from BU's School of Arts and Sciences in biology, and went on to earn his M.S. at Harvard University in the same field.
LeFebvre, who is a Level 3 certified rowing coach (the highest level offered), currently resides in Cambridge, Mass., with his wife, Jeanne, and two children, Gretchen and Owen, and their dog Brody.