“Matt LeBlanc” added to Grand Valley’s Fleet

Grand Valley alum, Matt LeBlanc, paid the crew a visit in Clermont to christen the new boat that was named after him. Matt graduated from Grand Valley in 1997, and was a part of the best finishing GV crew in the team’s history, medaling at the Dad Vail. After graduating, Matt went on to work for numerous rowing teams, founded rowing clubs, was a head coach, and is now one of the regional representatives for American boat manufacturer, Vespoli USA. Matt sat down with one of the team’s representatives for an interview:

How long have you been involved in rowing?

28 years

What brought you to Grand Valley after rowing in high school?

I had a friend that I rowed with in a summer crew who was the head coach at the time. He asked me if I wanted to row there, and I was very interested so I asked him to grab me an application

What have you learned at Grand Valley that has helped you in your professional life?

On the rowing team, we had spent a lot of time at the Boathouse, around a lot of old and broken boats. I had taken it upon myself to learn how to fix the broken equipment

Without the support of Matt and many others like him, the GVSU Rowing Club would not be able to compete at such a high level. Thanks for everything that you’ve done for the team Matt!

The Grand Valley State University Rowing Club challenges its student-athletes to reach the highest level to which they aspire both academically and athletically, while continuing to build and sustain a nationally competitive intercollegiate rowing program.

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