Buffalo native Tom Terhaar, who led the U.S. women's eight to a second straight gold medal in the London Olympics, has committed to USRowing for four more and will coach the American women through the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Terhaar, a graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and a product of West Side Rowing, has coached in three Olympics for the U.S. He guided the women's eight to a silver medal in Athens. That boat didn't lose an international race between 2005 and 2012. Terhaar also coached the women's quad to a its first-ever Olympic medal, a bronze, in London.
"Tom is one of the most sought-after coaches in the world following the huge success of the women in London last month," said USRowing Chief Executive Officer Glenn Merry. "After seven gold medals in the eight and an Olympic medal for the women's quad, I am very pleased that he will be staying in the United States and coaching for USRowing."
Terhaar said in a new release that he is identifying which athletes will continue to row with the national program. He said three of the U.S. women told him they're not returning and has sent a message to the rest of the team asking for their plans. But it looks like a rebuilding program between now and Rio.
"It will be more like it was in 2005, when we had very few returnees," Terhaar said.