Date Posted:07/16/2008,  4:00PM

Pizzo Named Head Coach of Bowdoin Sailing

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin Athletic Director Jeff Ward has announced the hiring of Frank Pizzo '06 as the head coach of the Polar Bear sailing program. Pizzo succeeds Sherry Fowler, who stepped down after three seasons at the helm.

An assistant coach for Bowdoin last spring, Pizzo was the head sailing coach at Columbia University last fall. He was a decorated sailor as an undergraduate at Bowdoin, earning four varsity letters and captaining the team in both his junior and senior campaigns. He was voted the team's Most Valuable Skipper on three occasions (2004-2006) and propelled the team to new heights in both fleet racing and team racing.

During the past two summers, Pizzo was the Program Director and Opti Race Coach at Ida Lewis Yacht Club in Newport, R.I. Prior to Ida Lewis, he was the head instructor at Pequot Yacht Club in Connecticut, where he ran one of the premier junior sailing programs in the country.

Still an active racer, Pizzo completed his second Newport-to-Bermuda Offshore Race in June. A native of Wilton, Connecticut and graduate of Wilton High School, Pizzo graduated from Bowdoin in May of 2006 with a major in Economics and minor in Government and Legal Studies.

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