Karl Beck has been named assistant men’s rowing coach at Saint Joseph’s University, it was announced by head coach Mike Irwin. Beck becomes the first full-time assistant coach in the program’s history.

Beck brings extensive rowing experience to the Hawks, working with three highly-regarded junior programs in Massachusetts. This past spring, he served as the boys’ crew coach and program coordinator for the Wayland Weston Rowing Association. He also served as a full-time coach for the Essex Rowing Club, working with both the boys’ novice and boys’ varsity programs for two years there and was also the head novice boys’ coach for Community Rowing, Inc.

“We are excited to have Karl join the program. The ability to hire a full-time assistant coach who has been an integral part of three successful junior programs in New England, is a great move forward for Saint Joseph’s rowing,” said Irwin. “I am excited that we were able to get Karl to move to Philadelphia from Boston and I know he is eager to make an impact on the collegiate level.”

Beck has also worked with college and senior level athletes at Riverside BC and Penn AC, which are two of the premier rowing clubs in the country.

A 2004 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, he was a member of the Wildcats' novice and varsity crews, and competed at the New England Championships, the ECAC Championships and the Head of the Charles Regatta, to name a few.