Head Coach - Mike Lehmann

Coach Mike Lehmann was a coxswain for Notre Dame and graduated in 2010 as captain of the team as well. Mike was at Notre Dame for a 2nd place finish at the Charles and some of the best finishes the program has seen in recent history. Following graduation, Mike spent some time down in Oklahoma City training with the USA National Team. He won a number of races with them, including a Gold in the Championship 4+ at the Head of the Charles. A short while later, Mike was appointed the Head Coach of Langley High School's rowing team.

When Mike took over at Langley, they were a small team in need of a rebuild to be competitive. Four years later, the team tripled in size, and brought home 12 state championships. This also included invitations to SRAA Nationals all four seasons and also two boats placing top-4 in the Nation.

Mike is now coaching where he always wanted to - Notre Dame. He plans to build the team numbers and turn it into a fun, competitive environment. Winning championships is fun and that's where we plan to go.

While he is not coaching, Mike runs a very successful software consulting company. Mike started Lehmann Systems over a year ago and continues to provide software development support to a number of regular clients.

Please feel free to contact Coach Mike Lehmann at ndcrew@nd.edu


Head Novice Coach- Brandon Burdine

Brandon Burdine rowed at Notre Dame under Coach Mike from 2013 to 2017. While at Notre Dame, he was elected captain for the 2015-2016 season, raced all over the country, and majored in chemical and bio-molecular engineering with a Latin minor. He looks forward to taking on the novice coaching position this year and furthering the speed of the team for years to come.

Brandon’s currently employed at Lipper Components as an R&D design engineer in Elkhart, IN.


Assistant Coach - Kurt Butler

Kurt Butler returns to Notre Dame Men's Rowing after previously serving seven seasons as head coach of the club before going on to coach the Purdue women's team.

While serving as the Head Coach of the ND Rowing Club, Butler also worked with the Western Reserve Rowing Association in Cleveland, Ohio from 2001-05 and was the head coach for the recreational masters, novice and experienced junior program. He guided his competitive masters team to victories at Canadian Henley and Masters Nationals.

Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Butler served as the assistant crew coach at Connecticut College for the 2000-01 season and was the crew coach at Oswego State University in the fall of 1998.

Butler began his coaching career in the fall of 1991 when he was appointed co-coach of the women's program at Marietta College during his senior year. Four years later, he was named volunteer assistant coach at Purdue University for both the men's and women's teams, serving in that capacity from 1995-97. During his tenure with the Boilermaker program, he coached the women's varsity eight crews to second and third-place finishes at the Dad Vail Regatta and a second-place finish representing the United States in the International Invitational at the Henley Women's Regatta.

Butler earned his bachelor's of science in petroleum engineering from Marietta College in 1992 and later received his master's of science in management from Purdue University in `97.


Graduate Assistant- Andrew Nemecek

Andrew Nemecek rowed at Notre Dame under Coach Mike from 2015 to 2019. While at Notre Dame, he raced at the Head of the Charles, won gold in the V4+ at the MACRA championships, and was a member of the boat that won the inaugural 3V event at the ACRA national championships in 2019.

Andrew graduated from Notre Dame in 2019 with a degree in computer engineering and is back to pursue his J.D. at the Law School.