Patrick Diggins is now in his 23rd season as the director of rowing for the Crusaders in 2009-2010. A rower at both St. John's high school (Shrewbury, Mass.) and at Holy Cross, Diggins joined the Crusader coaching staff as an assistant upon graduation in 1986. He was promoted to his current position in 1988. During his tenure, the program has enjoyed tremendous success and grown to be one of the largest varsity sports at Holy Cross.
In addition to his duties as director of rowing, Diggins serves as head coach for the varsity women's squad. In the last six years the women's team has been remarkably successful, highlighted by two undefeated regular seasons. Last season, the Crusaders placed second at the New England Championship, while Holy Cross also led the Patriot League with 33 selections to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. In addition, they won two New Hampshire Championship, received four bronze medals at the New England Championship, won the gold in the varsity eight at the Patriot League Championship three times, won the team trophy twice at the Patriot League Championships, won four Worcester City Championship and finished first and sixth at the ECAC National Invitational Championship. Previous high points include six conference titles since 1987 and a victory at the the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta for the 1994 varsity eight.
Diggins was voted New England Women's Coach of the Year in 1999 and 2002 and was awarded the irow.com coaching award in 2002 along with former Holy Cross men's rowing coach, Tom Sullivan. Diggins also serves on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the Quinsigamond Rowing Association, Inc., the local organization that hosts the Big East Championship, the Patriot League Championships, the New England Rowing Championship, the Eastern Sprints, the ECAC National Invitational Championship Regatta and the New England Interscholastic Regatta. He was also a co-founder of the ECAC National Invitational Championship Regatta Collegiate Regatta.
He and his wife Kristen '90, live
in Holden, Mass., with their three children.