Carl F. Ullrich

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Carl F. Ullrich
Carl Ullrich
Ullrich from 1971 Lucky Bag
Sport(s) Rowing
Biographical details
Born (1928-06-23) June 23, 1928 (age 89)
Ridgewood, New Jersey
Alma mater Cornell University
Playing career
1947–1950 Cornell (lightweight)
Position(s) Bow
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1955–1959 Cornell (freshmen)
1960–1965 Columbia
1967 Boston University
1968–1974 Navy
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1975–1978 Navy (assistant AD)
1979 Western Michigan
1980–1990 Army
1989–1993 Patriot League (ex. dir.)
1995–1997 St. Andrews Presbyterian
2002–2004 St. Andrews Presbyterian
Accomplishments and honors
Eastern Sprints (1971)
Army Sports Hall of Fame (2007)

Carl Farnum Ullrich (born June 23, 1928) is a former American college rowing coach and athletics administrator who served as the first civilian athletic director at the United States Military Academy, from 1980 to 1990.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Ullrich was born in Ridgewood, New Jersey in 1928 and grew up on Long Island, New York. He attended Cornell University, where he received a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree in 1950. While at Cornell, he joined Sigma Chi fraternity and was a member of the 1949 national champion lightweight crew team,[2] serving as captain in 1950.[3] He also was a member of the Quill and Dagger society. After graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, and served as an infantry officer during the Korean War.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

Ullrich returned to Cornell as the freshman crew coach in 1955,[5] before taking over the varsity team at Columbia University in 1960.[6][7] After a stint as head coach at Boston University, Ullrich took over the boathouse at the United States Naval Academy in 1968,[8] where he served as head coach and assistant athletic director for over a decade.[9]

Administrative career[edit]

Ullrich arrived at West Point in 1980, making his mark on the Army football program two years later with the hiring of head coach Jim Young.[10] Under Young's wishbone system, the Black Knights returned to relevance, turning in six winning seasons, capturing the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy three times, and reaching the first three bowls in Army football history.[11] During this time Ullrich served as President of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and on the executive committee of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

From his post at West Point, Ullrich transitioned to become the first Executive Director of the Patriot League.[12] Under his leadership the conference expanded its offerings from football to a full slate of 22 intercollegiate sports. After retiring to North Carolina, he served two separate stints as athletic director for St. Andrews Presbyterian College.

Awards and honors[edit]

Ullrich has been inducted into the athletic Hall of Fame for West Point,[13] St. Andrews Presbyterian College,[14], Eastern College Athletic Conference[15] and National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics,[16] respectively, honored as a "Significant Sig" by Sigma Chi fraternity,[17] and received the ECAC's James Lynah Award for distinguished achievement.[18]


  1. ^ "Carl Ullrich Biography". Army Athletics. 
  2. ^ Katz, Lina (19 August 1999). "CU's '49 crew champions take a trip to Henley – 50 years later". Cornell Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2008-08-30. 
  3. ^ "All-Time Lightweight Captains" (PDF). Cornell University Athletics. 
  4. ^ First Battalion Seventh Marines-Korea Roster Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Edelstein, Art (27 September 1955). "Meet the Coach". Cornell Daily Sun. 
  6. ^ "Ullrich to Handle Lion Crew; Schlaepfer Takes Frosh Post". Cornell Daily Sun. 19 September 1960. 
  7. ^ Brody, Tom (3 June 1963). "The Laughing Lion Has Finally Begun To Roar". Sports Illustrated. 
  8. ^ Whall, Hugh (21 June 1971). "Anchors Aweigh For The IRA". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 12 March 2014. 
  9. ^ Representative Sestak (PA) (18 September 2007). "Honoring Mr. Carl Ullrich". Congressional Record. 
  10. ^ Associated Press (31 December 1982). "Army Picks Coach". New York Times. 
  11. ^ "A Peach of a Season". Army Athletics. 
  12. ^ "Patriot League History". Patriot League. 
  13. ^ "Former Athletic Director Among Hall Of Fame Inductees". Army Athletics. 
  14. ^ "Ullrich inducted into SAPC Hall of Fame". The Laurenberg Exchange. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. 
  15. ^ "ECAC Welcomes Class of 2016 to Hall of Fame". ECAC Sports. Retrieved 2017-05-24. 
  16. ^ "NACDA All-Time Hall of Fame". 
  17. ^ "Significant Sigs by Letter (Archive)". Archived from the original on June 14, 2009. 
  18. ^ "James Lynah Award for Distinguished Achievement - Previous Recipients". 

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