The University of Pennsylvania rowing program honored longtime Holy Spirit High School and Penn rowing coach Stan Bergman with the inaugural Stan Bergman Class Day on Saturday, March 25. More than 200 alumni, current rowers, family and friends of the program gathered at the Madeira Shell House on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia to celebrate Class Day, a long-running tradition of Penn Rowing renamed in Bergman’s honor.
Through the efforts of a group of alumni from the 1980s and 1990s, the Stan Bergman Endowment was created in order to rename Class Day, establish a Stan Bergman Student-Athlete Award, and endow a Stan Bergman 8-man shell that will be housed in the boathouse.
Along with a speaking program, the Class Day included annual boat races featuring undergraduates followed by alumni races.
As head coach at Penn for 22 seasons, Bergman guided the heavyweight team to the 1991 national championship, IRA Championship titles in 1989 and 1992, as well as four Eastern Sprints titles. He coached five rowers who went on to compete in the Olympic Games.
At Holy Spirit, Bergman took the crews to three championships at Henley, coached 18 national schoolboy championship boats, and had 22 boats win city championship titles. Bergman has also coached on the international level four times, including as an assistant to the 1979 Pan American gold-medal eight.
Bergman is the current chief of the Ventnor City Beach Patrol.