|Position:||Betsy and Mark Gates 1959 Head Coach of Men's Heavyweight Crew|
|Betsy and Mark Gates 1959 Head Coach of Men’s Heavyweight Crew|
|Mark Gates ’59 and his wife, Betsy, have endowed this position. A former Dartmouth rower, Gates is principal of Gates Land Company, a private real estate development firm based in Palo Alto, California.
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In 2015-16, Dartmouth defeated MIT, Holy Cross and Columbia. The Big Green placed ninth at the EARC Sprints Regatta, improving on their 11th place finish from last year. All four of Dartmouth’s boats made it to the Petite Finals and it ended the day with 12 points, which was two ahead of Syracuse. To conclude the season, the Green competed at the IRA Regatta. Dartmouth finished in 15th place, advancing one boat to the fourth final, two the third final and one to the Petite Final. Allen was selected to coach the U.S. Under 23 men’s team that will compete at the 2016 World Rowing Junior, Under 23 and Senior Championships.
During the 2014-15 season, the Big Green won the Packard Cup against Syracuse, defeated MIT, Holy Cross and Columbia in a quad-race, were 11th at the EARC Sprints Regatta and 12th at the IRA National Regatta. To end the year at IRAs, all five of Dartmouth's boats placed in the top 17 in the country. Bryce Cody was named to the Academic All-Ivy Team. Stuart Maeder competed at the 2015 Under 23 & Senior National Team Trials and won the men's pair.
A 2001 graduate of Virginia, where he was a captain and four-year member of the men’s rowing team, Allen would go on to represent the United States at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Athens and Beijing. He won gold in Greece, setting a world record in the process, before adding a bronze medal with the US eight in China four years later.
A nine-time national team member, Allen was tabbed as US Rowing’s 2007 Male Athlete of the Year, an honor he had also shared in 2004. His achievements have also earned him induction into the halls of fame with both the National Rowing Foundation and New York Athletic Club in recent years.
In addition to an outstanding career as a rower, Allen brings with him successful coaching experience both on the national and collegiate level.
He served as an assistant coach over the summer of 2014 with the US Rowing Under-23 National Team in Oakland, California, and competed at the World Championships in Verese, Italy. His time in the Bay Area began in 2009 when he began a three-season stint as the freshman coach and recruiting coordinator for the men’s program at California Berkeley.
It was with the Golden Bears that Allen added two more titles to his resume, leading the freshmen eight to an undefeated 2011 season that included a victory in the Temple Challenge Cup at the Royal Henley Regatta in England, as well as the IRA National Championship. The previous season, Allen was an assistant as the varsity eight won the 2010 IRA National Championship.
Following the Olympics in Beijing, Allen began his coaching career with the University of Washington, spending one season with the Huskies before accepting the position at Cal the following summer. While in Seattle, he helped lead the program to a historic three-boat sweep at the 2009 IRA Regatta and a team national championship.