Todd Kennett has been a member of the Cornell rowing staff since 1993 and the Spirit of ’57 Director of Rowing since 2007. In 2008-09 he led the Big Red to one of its best season in over 30 years, as the heavyweights enjoyed an undefeated 11-0 season in head-to-head races, posting a clean slate for the first time since 1977. Todd also put the Big Red lightweights on the map with three consecutive IRA national titles (2006-08), two Eastern Sprints titles (2006, 2008) and four top-three finishes, earning four straight invitations to the renowned Henley Royal Regatta.
A native of Middlebury, Connecticut, Todd attended Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences from 1987 to 1991. As a rower with the heavyweights, he competed in the first freshman eight his first year and went on to row in the varsity eight for three consecutive seasons, including the 1991 campaign in which the varsity finished third at the IRA regatta and competed at the Henley Royal Regatta. From 1989 to 1991, Todd rowed in U.S. Rowing Olympic Development and Pre-Elite camps. He also competed in the 1989 and 1990 Olympic Festivals, placing third and first, respectively. In 1991, Todd received the Butler Award for outstanding leadership and athletic performance as a senior.
After earning his bachelor of science degree in animal sciences in 1991, Todd served for two years as coach of the Ithaca College women’s novice program, leading the squad to a 22-2 record, two New York State Small School titles, and two Murphy Cups. His Bomber crews also earned silver and bronze medals at the Dad Vail Regatta.
Todd and his wife, Jessica, reside in Groton with their two daughters, Emma and Sophie.