Crew: Think. Feel. Win.

By and large, the fellows who coach college crew are about as poor-mouthed as the coaches in any other sport. Say something nice about their boys and their eyes open wide in disbelief; the corners of their mouths curl down, and they launch into a wail about injuries and other miseries. Harvard's Harry Parker, 29, has only been varsity coach for three years. So he has a lot to learn. When experts say this year's Harvard eight is one of the best college crews in the history of the sport, Parker not only...

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