Dec. 19, 2013
SARATOGA, N.Y. – Georgetown men’s crew head coach Tony Johnson was presented with a lifetime achievement award, the Joy of Sculling Special Award, this past weekend at the Joy of Sculling conference in Saratoga, N.Y.
The Joy of Sculling Special Award is given to a figurehead of rowing who has made a permanent and lasting contribution to the sport of rowing. Past recipients include Thor Nielsen, Gavin White and Harry Parker.
“I was quite pleased with the award,” Johnson said. “It is a humbling experience to be honored in this fashion. It was very nice that I was introduced by Nat Case who I coached forty plus years ago, and then worked with as a colleague for twenty years.”
Johnson is in his 26th year directing the rowing program at Georgetown. He first coached the Georgetown crew from 1967 to 1969 before guiding the Yale program for 20 years. He returned to the Hilltop in 1990 as the Hoyas’ only full-time coach.
Over the years, Johnson's student-athletes have earned numerous honors both at the individual and team levels. Several have earned post-collegiate accolades on a national level. His coaching achievements at Yale include the 1982 national championship, several Eastern Sprint titles, and two junior varsity titles at the Henley Royal Regatta. He was named Eastern Coach of the Year in 1982.
Johnson began his rowing career under the legendary Charlie Butt at Washington-Lee High School and continued to row at Syracuse University and Potomac Boat Club. Johnson earned a silver medal in the pairs at the 1968 Olympics and gold medals at the 1967 and 1969 European championships. He served as an assistant U.S. Olympic rowing coach in 1972.