Putyrae is in his second year guiding the women's rowing program on the Hilltop.
He came to Georgetown after spending 10 years on the Gonzaga crew coaching staff, including eight seasons coaching the women's crew team. During Putyrae's seven years as the women's head coach, he led Gonzaga to six West Coast Conference Championships and three appearances in the ECAC National Rowing Invitational, resulting in a 2003 national championship.
Putyrae was named women's interim head coach during the summer of 1999 and had the interim removed from his title during the summer of 2000. In his first season coaching the Gonzaga varsity women, Putyrae led the Zags to their fourth straight West Coast Conference rowing crown and was named Co-Coach of the Year. Putyrae again earned WCC Coach of the Year honors in 2001 as his team won its fifth straight WCC Rowing Championship. That varsity crew also went on to finish third at the Avaya National Rowing Championships in Gainesville, Ga.
In 2002, Putyrae was again named the WCC Coach of the Year. He was also named WIRA Coach of the Year as his team finished first at the WIRA Championships before claiming second at the Avaya Collegiate Championships in Princeton, N.J. The Bulldogs continued to make a splash on the national scene in 2003 winning their seventh WCC title and finishing second at the WIRA championships. Gonzaga would cap the season by finishing first at the ECAC National Invitational and being named the Northwest Region Crew of the Year.
In 2004, Gonzaga showed the depth of its rowing program as the Bulldogs won their eighth straight WCC crown edging Loyola Marymount University by one point for the title. The Bulldogs placed second in the Varsity 8+ and won the Junior Varsity 8+ event. Gonzaga continued its dominance of the WCC in 2005 as the Bulldogs swept their ninth conference championship and went on to win the WIRA team efficiency trophy with first place finishes in the Varsity 8+, Junior Varsity 8+, Novice 4+. Putyrae was named the WIRA Coach of the Year.
Prior to being promoted to the women's coaching position, Putyrae served as the Gonzaga freshman crew coach from 1997 through 1999. During his coaching tenure the Bulldogs freshman crew team vaulted onto both the West Coast and national rowing scene. In his first season of coaching at Gonzaga, the Freshman 8+ claimed a sixth place finish at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships, but it was his 1998 freshman squad that garnered the greatest accomplishment. Gonzaga's freshman 4+ squad grabbed a third-place finish at the IRA Championship Regatta.
An avid rower since his high school days at Saint Ignatius Prep School in San Francisco, Putyrae was a varsity letter winner at national power University of Washington, rowing for the Huskies from 1989-93. While completing his bachelor of arts degree from Washington in 1994, Putyrae entered the coaching profession as a graduate assistant coach with the Huskies. Following a season in which Washington's crew team went undefeated, Putyrae used that experience to land his first head coaching position at Pacific-10 Conference rival Washington State University.
Putyrae started his first head coaching position as the Cougars freshman men's coach, a position he would hold until 1997. While at WSU, Putyrae's teams were repeatedly among the best on the West Coast. In 1996, the Freshman 8+ claimed a third place finish at the Pac-10 Championships. The 1997 season proved to be a breakout season for Cougars freshman crew as WSU finished fifth at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships and finished sixth at the IRA National Regatta. In 1997 Putyrae completed his masters of education degree and also moved on to become an assistant coach at Gonzaga University.
After coaching at the collegiate level for five years, Putyrae was able to add to his coaching resume a summer of coaching with the United States Junior National Team in 1999. In that role Putyrae worked extensively with the women's single sculls. In 2000, Putyrae coached at the U.S. Rowing Midwest Development Camp in Madison, Wis. From 2001-04, Putyrae worked as a senior women's coach for the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia and helped developed several gold medal winning crews at U.S. Nationals and the Canadian Henley Regatta. In the summer of 2004 and again in 2006 he was one of five collegiate coaches selected by U.S. National Team Coach Tom Terhaar to coach Senior National Pair and Double Development camps.
Putyrae is a Level III US Rowing certified coach.