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.
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Novice Coach - Taylor Valentine
Coach Taylor Valentine was an oarsman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 2008-2011. Before a back injury took him out of the boat he earned a 2nd place finish at the Eastern Sprints as a freshman. Between collegiate rowing and his high school career at Toledo St. John’s Jesuit, Taylor was a staple in the stern pair and a natural leader.
After graduating from UW Taylor returned home, where he coached his alma mater, St. John’s Jesuit, for one year. Under Taylor, many rowers saw success that led them to rowing competitively at the collegiate level. The fall season produced seven medals (three gold) throughout the season, and the spring produced a bronze medal at SRAA Nationals in the Men’s Varsity LTWT 4+.
After a stint coaching Marquette University when he lived in Milwaukee, Taylor relocated to the East Coast to serve as the freshman coach for the University of Delaware Lightweight Men. The UD Lightweight model of success continued with Taylor, placing two freshmen in the Lightweight Varsity 8+ in the spring season that became Dad Vail champions. The remaining lightweight freshmen proceeded to take bronze in the 2017 heavyweight freshman event, bettering that result with silver in 2018.
In his last race with UD, Taylor’s 2018 lightweight freshmen also claimed an ACRA National Championship in the Men’s Freshman Heavyweight 8+.
Coach Lehmann contacted Taylor about making the move to Notre Dame at the end of 2017. After some thought, Taylor saw it as a great opportunity to get back to his Midwest roots and establish himself closer to friends and family. From Toledo, OH, the importance and prestige of Notre Dame athletics is not lost on Taylor, and by joining the staff he hopes to make ND a constant on the medal dock at each championship regatta.
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.