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The Hawks have made great strides since Irwin has taken the reigns of the program and in 2017, he guided the Hawks to one of their most successful seasons in school history. Saint Joseph's took home two gold medals and one silver from the Dad Vail Regatta, marking the most medals since 2010, while placing third in the men's team standings. SJU posted its highest-ever Varsity 8 finish (second) since the 1999 crew grabbed a silver and also won the Varsity 8 at the Bergen Cup, for its first title since 2008. The Hawks culminated the year by earning an at-large bid to the IRA National Championships in California, sending three boats, for Saint Joseph's first trip to the IRAs since the current format of varsity-only crews and qualification standards were instituted in 2009.
and sending three boa to cap off one of their most successful seasons in school history. All three of those boats medaled at the Dad Vail Regatta with SJU placing third in the men's team standings. SJU is participating in the IRAs for the first time since the current format of varsity-only crews and qualification standards were instituted in 2009.
Irwin, who possesses a wealth of collegiate coaching experience and involvement with the U.S. National Team, was named the Hawks' head coach on July 21, 2011, becoming the 10th coach in program history.
His college coaching career has spanned more than 20 years, including seven seasons (2002 to 2009) at the University of Pennsylvania as the men's lightweight head coach and director of boathouse operations. He also coached for seven years at Yale University, working first with the freshman lightweight crew and then the freshman heavyweight crew.
He came to Saint Joseph's from the Essex Rowing Club in Methuen, Mass., where he was the director of operations since 2009, while also serving as the senior coach for the Men's Youth and Women's Master's rowing programs.