Jim Ten Eyck was undoubtedly one of the greatest rowing coaches to ever be involved in the sport. He set a high standard for accomplishments, some of which will never be matched.
Ten Eyck began his career in Annapolis coaching the U.S. Naval Academy’s crew teams from 1899-1901. He arrived at Syracuse University in 1903 and became one of the school’s most successful coaches.
During his 34-year coaching tenure at SU, Ten Eyck captured an astounding 10 National Championships, four at the varsity level (1908, 1913, 1916 and 1920) and six with freshmen squads (1906, 1915, 1922, 1925, 1929 and 1930). In 1922, he was titled "Dean of American Crew Coaches" and was considered the Knute Rockne of his sport.
In 1937, SU dedicated their boathouse in his honor. The James A. Ten Eyck Memorial Boathouse was completed in 1937 in memory of the beloved rowing pioneer. In 1987, the boathouse was renovated to one of the finest rowing facilities in the country.
For his coaching accomplishments Ten Eyck was honored in several ways. The Ten Eyck Trophy, awarded to the all-points champion at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta, is named for him. Upon his death, his ashes were spread on the waters of the Hudson River.
1899-1901: Coached Navy crew teams
1903-1938: Coached SU crew teams to 10 overall national championships
1937: SU built and named boathouse after Ten Eyck