Head Of The Charles® Executive Director Fred Schoch to be Lead Announcer for Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Livestream

May 31, 2019


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Head Of The Charles® Executive Director Fred Schoch to be Lead Announcer for Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Livestream

Annual event celebrates 117th year with all-star announcer lineup, free livestream

Boston, MA (May 31, 2019) – Head Of The Charles Regatta Executive Director Fred Schoch returns to his role as Lead Announcer for the 117th Annual Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship this weekend. The three-day event begins Friday, May 31 at 8 a.m., and concludes with an awards ceremony Sunday morning. Mr. Schoch has been the voice of both the Men’s Sprints and the IRA Championships for the better part of 20 years.

The championship rowing event will be available free on USRowing’s YouTube channel. Additionally, the footage streamed over the weekend will be archived on the YouTube channel for those unable to tune in live.

“I’m very excited to be back in the chase boat for this year’s IRA National Championships,” said Schoch – who is also preparing for the 55th Head Of The Charles Regatta. “This is one of the most important and signature events in the rowing world, and it’s truly my pleasure to be a part of it again.”

Schoch will be supported by fellow Bostonian and Northeastern grad Colleen Saville as well as former Head Men’s Coach of Oregon State Steve Todd.

Schoch graduated from Washington in 1973 and was Head Coach of the Georgetown rowing team before being named Executive Director at Head Of The Charles in 1991. The annual Boston regatta has become the world’s largest rowing event, and will celebrate its 55th year October 19-20. For more information visit https://www.hocr.org/the-regatta/.


Since its origin in 1965, the Head Of The Charles® Regatta has welcomed the world’s best crew teams to the banks of the Charles River for the ultimate two-day rowing competition. Preparing for an event that attracts over 11,000 athletes and thousands of spectators requires a great deal of preparation. The HOCR consists of a 15 member Board of Directors, six of which are in charge of race management and overseeing an eleven-member race committee (including two race co-chairs). The race committee meets year-round to discuss the operational and logistical details of the event. They are assisted by 115 leading volunteers on 30 separate committees that begin meeting weekly in the fall. A full-time, professional staff of four, headquartered in the Cambridge Boat Club, works year-round to plan the event, obtain sponsorship and communicate with the rowing community. Head Of The Charles® is a registered trademark of the Cambridge Boat Club, 2 Gerry’s Landing Road, Cambridge, MA. For more information, call Head Of The Charles at (617) 868-6200, email regatta@hocr.org


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