A 20-year coaching veteran who was an assistant with the University of Minnesota women's rowing program from 2012-15, Peter Morgan joined the Bucknell women's rowing staff in August 2015. He is the varsity assistant coach and leads student-athlete development.
He spent the previous 12 years coaching in various capacities in Minnesota, first as the head coach of the University of St. Thomas men’s and women’s programs. He followed that with a two-year stint as an assistant coach with the Minneapolis Rowing Club, working with the women’s competitive program.
Morgan then spent nearly five years as the head coach of the Minnesota Boat Club’s men’s and women’s competitive programs before earning an appointment as the head men’s rowing coach at the University of Minnesota. He helped the Golden Gophers’ heavyweight four to the 2012 American Collegiate Rowing Association national championship, while the lightweight four won the bronze medal at the Dad Vail Regatta the same year.
While with the Minnesota Boat Club, Morgan developed a long-term program to identify, cultivate and assess rowers for competition at the national level. The club won the Northwest International Rowing Association overall points trophy in both 2009 and 2010 under Morgan’s guidance.
In July 2012, Morgan joined the Minnesota women’s rowing program and was entirely responsible for the novices. During this time he also had the opportunity to be an assistant coach at Minnesota’s USRowing Development Camp.
An accomplished rower himself, Morgan was a four-year member of the Harvard rowing program from 1988 to 1992. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in government. During this time, Morgan was part of the Minneapolis Rowing Club and Boston Rowing Center while also participating in a USRowing Development Camp in Philadelphia.
Morgan got his start in coaching in 1994-95 as the head coach of the Pittsburgh men’s varsity rowing team, helping the varsity pair place second at the Dad Vail Regatta. He also spent three months as the Minneapolis Rowing Club’s men’s head coach in 1996 and returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach for the 1996-97 season.
In addition to his bachelor’s degree from Harvard, Morgan owns a master’s degree in fine arts in writing from Hamline University (2011) and took graduate studies courses in international relations at the University of Bonn (1994) in Germany.