Evans Liolin brings eighteen years of collegiate and international success to his fifth year on the Hilltop, after leading the United States Junior National Team, the USRowing Lightweight Development Camp, and coaching three different universities. In his first year with the Hoyas, Liolin's Varsity Eight won the bronze medal at the IRA Men's National Championship, earning a trip to the Henley Royal Regatta in England. In his second year, his first recruiting class earned a silver medal in the Freshman Eight at the Eastern Sprints, a first ever accomplishment for Georgetown.Most recently, Coach Liolin's Hoya Varsity Eight won the bronze medal at the 2009 Eastern Sprints.
Liolin came to Georgetown from Yale University, where he served as the Freshman Heavyweight Coach and impacted the rebuilding of that program during his tenure. In fact, the most accomplished Yale varsity of the last decade all developed in Liolin's freshman program. In 2003, his freshmen earned bronze in the Head of the Charles, the Elis' best result in four years. His 2004 crew won the bronze at the IRA National Championship, their strongest performance in seven years. In 2006, his Yale freshmen won the historic Yale-Harvard Regatta earning their first victory over the Crimson since 2000.
In October 2001, Liolin was named the Head Men's Coach of the U.S. Junior National Team as he became, and still remains, the only U.S. coach to medal in the eight in back-to-back Junior World Championships.His crews finished with the gold and silver medals in the intermediate eight and gold in the senior four during the 2002 U.S. National Championships, bronze in the men's eight during the 2002 World Junior Championships and the silver medal in the men's eight during the 2003 World Junior Championships. While coaching the U.S. team, Liolin also worked with the boys' crews at the Belmont Hill School and Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, Mass.
Prior to his stint with the U.S. Junior National Team, Evans had moved to New England and spent four years working with the Northeastern University Men's Crew, under renowned coach Buzz Congram. He served as the Assistant Varsity Coach from 1997-98 and then as the Freshman Heavyweight Coach from 1998-2001. At Northeastern, Liolin's first recruiting class won the Head of the Charles and he was given the Charles Smith Memorial Award for a "strong dedication to the sport of rowing and the individuals involved with it." During this time, he also served as the Assistant Men's Coach and then as the Head Men's Coach of the USRowing Lightweight Development Camp at Riverside Boat Club. In 2001, Liolin was named Head Men's Coach at the Boston Rowing Club, where his undefeated squad garnered both the gold and silver medals at the U.S. National Championships and Royal Canadian Henley. They were subsequently named 2001 Junior Crew of the Year.
From 1995-1997, Liolin served as Head Women's Coach at Loyola Academy in Illinois. There, he coached three undefeated crews and helped his 1997 junior women's eight earn a Midwest Championship.
Liolin graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor's degree in Religion. As an undergraduate, he served as team captain and then as Head Men's Coach from 1992-94. As coach, Liolin helped Chicago win its first race in five years and earned medals in regional competition. For his efforts, Liolin was nominated by his peers for the Morton-Murphy Award, given for a "single, innovative contribution to student life." Liolin learned to row at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass. and also competed for the University of New Hampshire. An avid trail runner, Liolin lives in Washington, DC.
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