Daniel Garbutt has been instrumental in the early success of the Old Dominion women's rowing program not only having helped build the team from the ground up, but in the Lady Monarchs making headlines in the world of collegiate rowing in just five seasons as the head coach.
In his fifth year as head coach and is in his first season in the Big 12 Conference, the team saw a lot of success, as the Monarchs recorded 19 top-20 finishes, including 13 in the top-5. ODU also started a new tradition by dedicating the Varsity 8 and the Second Varsity 8 boats to President John Broderick and First Lady Kate Broderick.
In the 2012-2013 season, the Lady Monarchs received their first ever votes in the CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Top 20 Poll. The seniors from this season, which were part of Garbutt’s first recruiting class, ended their careers at Old Dominion without losing a single home meet.
During the fall 2012 season, Old Dominion’s Frosh/Novice Eight boat won the Commodore Cup at the Head of Schuylkill, as well as won gold medals at the Head of the Hooch. The Frosh/Novice Eight boat concluded the fall season with a third place finish at the Rivanna Romp. At the Head of the Schuylkill, ODU’s Open Four boat placed third overall out of 38 total boats. At the Head of the Hooch, the Lady Monarchs Lightweight Four boat placed second.
Old Dominion kicked off the spring 2013 season by defeating UNC in Norfolk, Va. At the Knecht Cup, the Novice Four and Second Varsity Four boats both placed fifth overall. In the following weeks, ODU swept SMU and also defeated UCF, but fell to Miami (Fla.) in a four-team regatta in Florida.
At the C-USA Championships, Garbutt and his team found out just how close they were to being amongst the nation’s best, as they competed against the likes of Oklahoma, Texas, Tennessee, Kansas, Kansas State, WVU, Alabama, etc… The Lady Monarchs were one of only five schools to send two of their three boats to the Grand Finals at the 2013 C-USA Championship; Old Dominion finished in the seventh place.
Garbutt’s girls not only got it done in the water, but in the classroom too. A total of 34 Lady Monarchs were named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll, which requires maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
In 2011, the Lady Monarchs achieve a second place showing by the Varsity Eight and Varsity Four at the prestigious Dad Vail Regatta, ODU also had sweeps of Miami and Colgate, wins over six-time Patriot League Champion Bucknell, a third place finish at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships, and Grand Final appearances at the Knecht Cup.
Along with the success on the water, Garbutt also helped open the $2.3 million ODU Rowing Center in the spring of 2011, representing a joint partnership project between the city of Norfolk and the University. A two-story, 13,000 square foot, boathouse facility that houses the Lady Monarchs rowing program just minutes away from ODU on the Lafayette River, is a state-of-the art facility that provides first class accommodations for the program that provides training year round as Garbutt continues to build the highly competitive Lady Monarch program .
Garbutt originally joined the Lady Monarch coaching staff in July of 2008 as the first assistant coach as the team geared up for its first season of varsity competition.
A 2001 graduate of Princeton University, Garbutt's collegiate career began in 1998 with him winning the Freshman Award and being named a member of the United States National Team, while the Tigers captured the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) Championship. He went on to earn three varsity letters in men's heavyweight crew as Princeton won three Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC) Championships (1998, 1999, 2001). As a senior in 2001 he received All-Ivy League and All-American honors.
Garbutt's collegiate coaching career began as an intern and technical assistant at the University of Washington in 2001. He then went on to spend two years as an assistant men's rowing coach at Northeastern from 2002 to 2004. Garbutt also spent time as a volunteer coach with several high school programs, as well as the Princeton's lightweight men's crew team, while working full-time as a senior specialist for the Centralized Business Review Unit of Merrill Lynch.