Director of Rowing/Head Men's and Women's Coach
Paul Savell is in his 12th season as Director of Rowing and Head Men’s and Women’s Coach in 2018-19 after joining Drexel Rowing in 2007. At Drexel, Savell has led the Dragons to unprecedented national success at some of the most prestigious regattas in collegiate rowing, including the Henley Women’s Regatta, Henley Royal Regatta and Dad Vail Regatta.
Savell has been honored on multiple occasions for his team’s successes on the water and his contributions to the rowing community. In fall 2017, Savell was selected as the USRowing Fan’s Choice Collegiate Coach of the Year and honored at the organization’s annual Golden Oars Awards Dinner. In May 2015, Savell became Drexel’s first-ever recipient of the Dad Vail Coach of the Year Award, also known as the Matt Ledwidth Award. At the 21st Annual Joy of Sculling Coaches Conference, Savell was named the 2013 Men’s Collegiate Coach of the Year. In the fall of 2012, Savell was named the Schuylkill Navy Coach of the Year selected by collegiate, high school and club coaches throughout the Philadelphia region. He has also coached two CRCA All-Region 2 First Team selections – Marina Forster in 2015 and Kendall Wenzke in 2017 – as well as Drexel’s 2013 John Semanik Award winner Lorenzo Albala.
The Dragons have had unprecedented success at the Dad Vail Regatta, winning six consecutive overall team titles, including Drexel’s first ever in 2013. The Dragons have also won the men’s (2013 and 2015) and women’s (2017 and 2018) titles in twice each. The Dragons won the coveted men’s varsity eight gold medal in 2013 before becoming the first crew in a decade to win both the men’s and women’s heavyweight eight gold medals in 2017. Since Savell took over in 2007, Drexel has taken home 28 medals (15 gold, eight silver and five bronze) on the men’s side and 19 medals (seven gold, seven silver and five bronze) on the women’s side at the Dad Vail. In 2012, Drexel women won their first gold medals in program history. Savell has guided the Dragons to 47 of the program’s 69 total Dad Vail medals.