Two former members of the Marietta College rowing program have been given prestigious coaching promotions at NCAA Division I institutions. Chase Graham '07 was named head women's rowing coach at Southern Methodist University and Malcolm Doldron '99 was named director of women's rowing at Boston University.
"Marietta College rowing has a long and illustrious history of producing top-flight rowing coaches," said Marietta College Men's Rowing Coach Greg Myhr. "Coach Doldron and Coach Graham continue to represent themselves and the College in the finest manner as both take over the direction of elite Division I rowing programs."
Before landing the job at SMU, Graham served as associate head coach and recruiting director at Duke University. Last season, the Blue Devils placed 14th at the NCAA Championships, their best finish in program history.
As a coach, Graham produced improved results in each of his nine seasons. In 2022, he supervised Duke's Second Varsity Eight boat, which won its first seven races of the season. His crews earned victories over highly ranked opponents and eventually earned bronze in the Grand Final of the ACC Championship at Clemson.
Graham also played a key role in furthering and improving Duke's recruiting, both domestically and internationally, as some of the team's greatest contributors have been underclassmen in recent years. Some of his recruits have gone on to earn major conference awards and some have earned All-American status.
Graham rowed for the Pioneers from 2003-07. He was named the team's Most Improved Oarsman in 2004 and helped lead the 2006 team to a Varsity 8 Dad Vail Championship. Graham also served as a women's graduate assistant coach at Marietta College for two years, helping to lead his squad to a Mid-Atlantic Division III Championship.
"Chase has parlayed his Championship career as an oarsman here at Marietta into an impressive coaching trajectory," Myhr said. "He is universally regarded as an excellent coach and SMU made a fantastic choice in choosing Chase to continue their climb through the upper echelon of DI programs."
Doldron was recently promoted to the director of women's rowing at the institution after leading the Boston University women's lightweight rowing program since its inception in 2012. He has guided the Terriers to six national runner-up finishes, including each of the past two seasons. At the completion of the 2023 campaign, Doldron was named the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Lightweight National Coach of the Year.
Outside of that position, Doldron also served as director of the USRowing Under-23 Lightweight Women's Selection Camp in Boston. From 2017-20, he coached a total of nine crews in international competitions, capturing three medals along the way. Doldron was a standout coxswain for the Pioneers' varsity eight boat that earned a bronze medal at the 1998 SIRA's and Dad Vail Regatta. He graduated from Marietta in 1999 with a B.A. in Psychology.
"I've known Malcolm for a long time — he has long been a highly respected member of the coaching community and he's done a fantastic job leading the Lightweight Women at Boston University," Myhr said. "As the newly appointed Director of Women's Rowing, there is no doubt he will further cement his legacy there."