Holdren not retained as rowing coach

Eastern Michigan University announced Tuesday that rowing coach Brad Holdren would not be returning for the 2014-15 season.

The announcement came nearly a week after former baseball coach Jay Alexander was not retained and former wrestling coach Derek DelPorto left the program.

“After considerable evaluation, we have decided to make a change in the leadership of our women’s rowing program,” Heather Lyke, EMU Vice President and Director of Athletics said in a news release. “We appreciate the efforts and contributions that Brad has made to Eastern Michigan and our student-athletes over the last 10 years and wish him nothing but success in the future.”

Holdren was named assistant rowing coach in 2004, before taking over as interim head coach in 2006. He was named head coach a year later.

The university will be conducting a national search for the fourth head coach in the program’s history.

Holdren is the fourth coach to be fired or have their contract not retained since Lyke was hired last July, joining former softball coach Karen Baird, Alexander and most notably former football coach Ron English, who was fired in November.

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