Beavers claim three members with First Team honors and another 11 on the Second Team, one receives Honorable Mention status
Team will make its return trip to IRA's after a three-year layoff, four boats to compete in three day event
OSU men will feature four boats in the event on Lake Natoma, Sunday morning
OSUs' JV 8+ and Freshmen 8+ boats highlight competition in front of 30,000 fans during the official opening of boating season in the Emerald City
Beavers will bring five boats to the 27th annual event, which marks the official opening of boating season in Seattle
Men's Rowing "The Willard" boat dedication (10/23).
Steve Todd enters his seventh season as the head coach of the Oregon State University men's rowing program.
In his six years at the helm, the Oregon State rowing team has finished in the top 20 in the nation five times, andranked as high as 10th in 2007. During the Todd era, OSU has gone to the IRA's four times and the Beavers'Freshman 4+ has finished in thetop-10 twice.
In the summer of 2012, one of Todd's rowers, Martin Forde competed at the World Championships in Bulgaria where he took to the waters in a total of two races.
Todd succeeded former head coach Fred Honebein in June 2006 after the Beavers finished 14th at the IRAs.
In Todd's initial foray into leading the Beavers, he took two boats to Europe leading Oregon State to an impressive showing at the Czech Republic national championships. The trip marked the first international competition for the Oregon State rowing program. The Beavers Varsity 8+ and Varsity 4+ shells both rowed to victories over crews containing athletes that went on to represent the Czech Republic at the 2006 U-23 World Championships.
Prior to moving into the head job, Todd had been a part of the Oregon State rowing program for four years as the men's freshman coach.
During his time with the Beavers, Todd's crews medaled all four years at the Pac-10 Championships including a silver medal finish in 2003. Todd's 2003 crew of rookies also took second at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic and in the process upset traditional powerhouse Washington. Most recently, Todd's Freshman 4+ finished fourth at the IRA Regatta in June.
Todd began his coaching career as the assistant freshman coach at Washington under Honebein, while also maintaining the duties of boathouse manager from 1999-2001. While assisting Honebein, Todd helped the Husky freshman boat to the IRA national championship in 2001 and a silver medal in 2000. He served one year as the men's freshman coach at Georgetown University prior to his arrival at Oregon State in 2002.
Todd also boasts an impressive career as an oarsman including a silver medal in the varsity eight at the 1998 IRA National Championships and a bronze at the IRA in 1999. As a member of the junior varsity in 1997, his boat won the Pac-10 championship and went on to win the IRA national championship, helping the Huskies to complete a rare sweep of all three major races at the IRAs. That year the Huskies also raced internationally at the Henley Royal Regatta in Henley, England. He rowed at Washington from 1996-99.
Before rowing at Washington, Todd raced in high school for Green Lake Crew in Seattle. He helped Green Lake to a third place finish at the US Rowing Youth Invitational in 1995.
He graduated from Washington with a degree in speech communication. Married in 2005, Steve and his wife, Rachel, live in Corvallis with their dog, Marli.