Michael J. Callahan
Michael J.  Callahan

Last College:
Georgetown (F '97)

Head Coach


Nevin Snow Named College Sailor of the Year for the Second-Straight Year

Snow becomes the second Hoya sailor to win the Everett B. Morris Trophy twice in his career


Georgetown Sailing Advances to Finals of ICSA Gill Coed National Championships

With 136 points, the Hoyas finished second in the western semifinals and advance to the 18-team final


Georgetown University Sailing Finished Second at the ICSA LaserPerformance Team Race National Championships

With a record of 19-6, the Hoyas were second behind Yale (21-4)


Georgetown University Sailing Ready for 2016 ICSA Spring National Championships

The Hoyas will participate in two of the three spring national championships to be held in San Diego, Calif., May 24-June 3


Charlie Buckingham (C'11) Selected to Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Sailing Team

Buckingham selected to the Laser class of the Rio 2016 U.S. Olympic Team

Michael J. Callahan was named the head coach of the Georgetown University sailing team, commonly referred to as GUST, in August 1998 following one year as an assistant coach (1997-98). Callahan is a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award (1999-2000, 2000-01, 2005-06), an honor presented by Georgetown Athletics to the most outstanding coach from the academic year. To date, Callahan has received the recognition more times than any other GU coach. Callahan was named the US Sailing and USOC National Sailing Coach of the Year in 2012 and the Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Conference Coach of the Year in 2015.

Since Callahan began his career during the 1998-99 season, Georgetown sailing has received 87 All-America honors and the program has won 12 national championships.

Most recently during the 2014-15 season, the Hoyas won seven of the eight MAISA Conference championships, an unprecedented feat in the conference’s history, a league that started in 1941. Following the season, Nevin Snow was the recipient of the Everett B. Morris Trophy that goes to the College Sailor of the Year, the sixth time in program history a Hoya has received the honor. During the fall season, the quartet of Snow, Alex Post, AJ Reiter and Katia DaSilva won the 2014 ICSA Match Race National Championship, successfully defending their title from the previous season.

The 2013-14 year saw Greg Martinez, a sophomore, sail to victory at the ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championship in addition to the team of Snow, Post, Reiter and DaSilva win the ICSA Match Race National Championship, the first of back-to-back titles for the quartet. With the win, the foursome earned the chance to represent the United States at the 2014 World University Games in Italy, bringing home gold.

The Blue & Gray ended the 2013-14 season with a second-place finish at the ICSA Coed National Championships, a repeat performance from the 2012-13 season.

In 2011-12, the Hoyas had one of their best years on record with both the coed and the women’s teams ending the regular season ranked No. 1 in the country. Georgetown won the 2012 ICSA Coed National Championship in Austin, Texas. Chris Barnard was named the Coed Sailor of the Year while Sydney Bolger was named the Quantum Women’s Sailor of the Year, the appropriate end to the season as she and crew Rebecca Evans went undefeated in the women’s A division.

The Hoyas again finished among the top five at the national championships, held in Oregon in 2010-11. At the ICSA Women’s National Championship, Bolger and Evans won the A division. At the ICSA Coed National Championships, Charlie Buckingham and Ashley Phillips won the A division for the second-consecutive year. For his efforts, Buckingham was the recipient of the 2011 Everett B. Morris Trophy that goes to the ICSA College Sailor of the Year, the second time in his career he had earned the recognition. Buckingham won the 2010 ICSA Singlehanded National Championship in the fall.

The Blue & Gray had a tremendous year during the 2008-09 season when they finished third at the ICSA Team Race National Championship and third at the ICSA Coed Fleet Race National Championship. Buckingham was named the ICSA College Sailor of the Year, the third time in four years a Hoya garnered the award.

Following success from the previous year, the Hoyas ranked in the top five in the nation in both the coed and women’s polls in the fall of the 2007-08 season, another banner year for the Hoyas. GU captured its first ICSA Coed Fleet Racing National Championship. Buckingham teamed up with Alex Taylor to win the B division while Chris Behm and crews Carly Chamberlain and Marco Teixidor finished fourth in the A division. Following the season, Chris Behm was named the College Sailor of the Year.

In the fall of 2006, Georgetown won the MAISA Conference Coed Championship, winning the War Memorial Regatta for the first time in program history while the women’s team won the MAISA Fall Championship, sweeping both the A and B divisions. Following the fall, the coed team was tabbed No. 3 nationally and the women’s team was ranked fifth. In the spring, the Hoyas won the America Trophy, MAISA’s Fleet Racing Championship, for the first time in program history and finished among the top 10 at both the coed and women’s national championships.

The 2005-06 season was the most storied and successful in program history as the Hoyas were the recipients of the Leonard M. Fowle Trophy, an honor that goes to the best overall collegiate team. This was a first in program history. The Hoyas won the ICSA National Team Race Championship, ICSA Singlehanded National Championship and placed second at the ICSA Women’s National Championship, ICSA Coed Dinghy Championships and the ICSA Sloop National Championship. The second-place finish from the women’s team at nationals was their best performance to date.

Additionally, Andrew Campbell was named the College Sailor of the Year and five Hoyas were named All-Americans with an additional student-athlete picking up honorable mention honors. Campbell was a standout in singlehanded sailing on the Hilltop, winning three singlehanded national titles in four years (2002, 2004, 2005) while never losing a single laser regatta in his four years. Campbell graduated as a four-time All-American in 2006 and would go on to represent the United States at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

The 2000-01 season saw Callahan lead the coed team to its first ICSA Team Race National Championships. The Hoyas finished the season with an impressive overall record of 18-3 to win the championship. Following the 2001 season, the Hoyas had earned more All-America accolades in Callahan’s first three years at the helm than they had in the previous 61 years combined.

Callahan inherited a Georgetown team on the rise and has taken the Hoyas to the pinnacle of collegiate sailing. The first success on a national scale came in 1999 when Liz Bent and Leah Williams won the A division at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Women’s National Championships. This marked the first time in program history that the women won the Madeleine Trophy, named after former Hoya sailor and coach, Madeleine Disario ’68.

Callahan, a native of Falmouth, Mass., currently serves as Commissioner of the MAISA Conference and is on the ICSA Executive Committee. Callahan has also served as the sailing school director at the New Bedford Yacht Club in South Dartmouth, Mass., since 2000, overseeing a junior sailing school with close to 300 sailors.

Callahan is a 1997 graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where he majored in European history and diplomacy. In 2012 he received his master’s degree from Georgetown in liberal studies and wrote his thesis on Georgetown Athletics titled, “Reflection on Georgetown University Athletics: Past, Present, and a Proposal for the Future.”

He sailed for Georgetown as an undergraduate and captained the team his senior year. In the spring of 1996, Callahan was awarded the prestigious Commodore's Cup, given annually to the sailor who has shown the most dedication to the team. Callahan is a 1993 graduate of Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass., where he was a four-year member and captain of the Tabor sailing team. While at Tabor, he was part of the two-time High School National Team Race Championship teams and also won the B division at the Mallory Trophy his junior year.

Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA)
ICSA Men’s Singlehanded National Championship
1st – 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012
2nd - 2011
5th - 2014

ICSA Women’s Singlehanded National Championship
1st – 2015
5th – 2014

ICSA Match Race National Championship
1st – 2013, 2014
2nd – 1998, 2005 (Sloop National Championship)
3rd – 2012, 2015

ICSA Women’s National Championship
2nd – 2006
3rd - 2005
4th – 2012
5th - 1999

ICSA Team Race National Championship
1st – 2001, 2006
2nd – 2000, 2008
3rd – 2002, 2009, 2010
4th – 2011, 2013
5th – 2005, 2015

ICSA Coed Fleet Racing National Championship
1st – 2008, 2012
2nd – 2004, 2006, 2013, 2014
3rd – 2009
4th - 2011
5th – 2001, 2010

Everrett B. Morris Award - College Sailor of the Year
2015 – Nevin Snow
2012 – Chris Barnard
2011 – Charlie Buckingham
2009 – Charlie Buckingham
2008 – Christopher Behm
2006 – Andrew Campbell

Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year
2012 – Sydney Bolger

Madeleine Trophy – Winner of A division at Women’s National Championships
2012 – Sydney Bolger / Rebecca Evans
2011 – Sydney Bolger / Rebecca Evans
1999 – Liz Bent / Leah Williams

Robert Allan Jr Award – Winner of B division at Coed National Championships
2008 – Charlie Buckingham / Alex Taylor

Robert Allan Sr. Award – Winner of A division at Coed National Championships
2012 – Christopher Barnard / Hilary Kenyon
2011 – Charlie Buckingham / Ashley Phillips
2010 – Charlie Buckingham / Alex Taylor, Leah Volk, Sydney Bolger
2006 – Andrew Campbell / Caroline LaMotte

Mid-Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association (MAISA) Conference Championships Since 2008
America Trophy – Coed Spring Fleet Racing

Prosser Trophy – Team Racing

MAISA Spring Women’s

MAISA Men’s Singlehanded Championship

MAISA Women’s Singlehanded Championship

MAISA Match Race

War Memorial - Coed Fall Fleet Race

Other Awards
Robert A Duffy Scholar Athlete
2007 – Caroline LaMotte

World University Games Gold Medal
2014 – Match Racing (Italy) – Nevin Snow, Alex Post, AJ Reiter, Katia DaSilva
2005 – Singlehanded (Turkey) – Andrew Campbell

Georgetown University Outstanding Coaching Achievement Award
2006 – Michael J. Callahan
2001 – Michael J. Callahan
2000 – Michael J. Callahan

US Sailing and USOC National Sailing Coach of the Year
2012 – Michael J. Callahan

MAISA Conference Coach of the Year
2015 – Michael J. Callahan

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