Louisville Rowing NCAA Championship | Practice Day 1
Ed Oxlade enters his second season as director of operations and boatman for the University of Louisville rowing program. Oxlade is responsible for the daily function of the boathouse and he also serves as the Cardinals' director of operations and equipment manager.
Oxlade, with 27 years of experience as both a competitor and a coach, brings a wealth of experience to the Louisville staff. Prior to arriving in Louisville, Oxlade coached the Jacksonville University Dolphins from 2007-11 following his emigration to the US from the United Kingdom. He has had successful coaching stints in both the UK and Australia. He was an assistant coach for Geelong Grammar School (Australia) in 1995-96 when they won the Victorian state championships in the women's eight and four. He moved to JU following five years as director of rowing at Oundle School, a prestigious private boarding school in eastern England.
His crews have won at the National Schools Regatta (UK) in 1998 and 2006 and he has coached crews at all the major regattas in the UK, including appearances at Henley Royal Regatta consistently from 1998 until 2007.
He successfully coached two athletes to Junior International Representation in 2005 and 2007 and was victorious following his selection as coach of England's Junior Men's Eight at the Home Countries International Regatta from 2005-07.
In his first season at JU, Oxlade's freshmen/novice crews became state champions in men's and women's eights at the FIRA state championships. He also guided a women's varsity four to a fourth-place finish at the SIRA regatta and the women's varsity pair to a semi-final appearance at Dad Vails.
In 2009, he coached the men's novice eight to a repeat win at the FIRA state championship and a semi- final appearance at SIRA. He served as assistant coach to the JU varsity men's team which repeated as FIRA state champions and won silver medals at both SIRA and Dad Vail in the JV eight.
Oxlade played an integral role in the historic run of the men's varsity eight to the 2010 IRA Championships for the first time in the program's 54-year history. He assisted in the coaching of the varsity crews to repeat wins at the Murphy Cup (V8) and the FIRA state championships (men's team).
Oxlade was the boat club president for the University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne from 1996-99, during which time he became the northern universities single sculls champion and trialed for the GB national team. He earned his bachelor's degree in sport & exercise science in 1999. He went on to earn his master's in physical education from the University of Surrey, Roehampton in 2002.
After leaving Jacksonville, Oxlade worked at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, Ky., building the popular Toyota Camry, Venza and Avalon. He resides in Jeffersontown with his daughter Lara.