Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Athletics
Jeanne Friedman, head crew coach, is a Level III Certified United States Rowing Coach. She has led Mount Holyoke's crew team to six Seven Sisters Championships, one NEWMAC Championship, and numerous medals at ECAC and New England Regional Championships since her arrival in 1992. Friedman believes in "the importance of a holistic approach to rowing—mental training as well as physical."
Friedman teaches a variety of Physical Education classes – Beginning Tennis, Beginning Squash, Weight Training, Folk Dance, Introduction to Rowing, and Walking for Fitness. She feels that physical activity, at any level, is beneficial for everyone. Her goal is to have her students incorporate some form of physical activity into their daily lives on a regular basis.
Friedman's own athletic accomplishments include being a United States gold medalist for lightweight-4 (1974) and lightweight-8 (1975), and receiving a gold medal for single (1986) and a silver medal for lightweight-4 and a bronze for single (1996) at the Master's National Regattas.
Friedman is the executive director of Rowing Strong, Rowing Together, a joint program with the MHC crew team and the Care Center of Holyoke. The program is in its tenth year and uses rowing to help inner-city parenting teens learn teamwork and gain self-confidence and improved self-esteem. Friedman is also a coach at the Row as One camp, run by MHC alumna Holly Metcalf '81, an Olympic gold medal oarswoman. The camp helps older women (average camp age is 45) learn to row or get the coaching they usually do not have access to.
Before coming to Mount Holyoke, Friedman was the assistant crew coach at the University of Pennsylvania from 1988 to 1990. She is a founding member of Boston University's crew team.