Dan Roock joins the Big Green for the fall of 2009 as the head coach, replacing Steve Perry.
Roock comes to
Hanover after a long career as the men’s heavyweight rowing head coach
at Cornell University, where he spent 12 years with the Big Red.
to his stint at Cornell, Roock was the head coach of women’s rowing at
Princeton from 1990-96. He was one of the most successful coaches
during his time at Princeton as his teams won three consecutive
national titles in 1993, ’94 and ’95. His women’s varsity eight also
earned five consecutive Ivy titles, five Eastern Sprint all-points
trophies and four Sprague Trophies for all-around performance at the
national championships. Roock posted an unbelievable record of 59-2
while the head coach at Princeton.
“We are thrilled to have Dan
Roock join our coaching staff,” Ceplikas stated. “He is recognized as
one of the finest rowing coaches in the country, and his successful
experience working with Ivy League student-athletes for over two
decades make him an ideal fit for Dartmouth.”
Roock had a wealth
of experience as an assistant coach dating back to 1984 at Florida
Institute of Technology. He spent one year at FIT before moving on to
Princeton in 1985. He began his career with the Tigers as a women’s
crew assistant for a season and then moved on to the men’s assistant
position the following year, spending three years on Princeton’s men’s
staff. As the freshman coach at Princeton, Roock won both EARC and IRA
Championships. He then joined the staff at Syracuse as a graduate
assistant for a year.
In addition to his collegiate rowing
expereince, he has made his presence felt around the world. Most
recently he led the 2009 US U-23 Men’s Four to a fifth-place finish at
the U-23 World Championships. He coached the US Men’s Eight crew to a
gold medal at the Nation’s Cup in 1999, and in 1992 led the US Junior
Men’s Eight to a gold medal at the FISA World Championships. In another
stint with the US Junior Men’s Eight, he took home the silver medal at
World’s in 1997 and followed that up with a bronze medal in 2000 at the
A 1981 graduate of Princeton, Roock is a
two-time EAWRC Coach of the Year and a four-time award winner of the
Jim Joy Conference Coaches Award. In 1999, he was named the USOC
Development Coaching of the Year in Rowing after his men’s eight won
the gold at the Nation’s Cup following second-place finishes the
previous two years.
While earning his civil engineering degree
at Princeton, Roock was an outstanding rower for the Tigers and was a
member of two IRA championship crews. As a senior, Roock was awarded
the Lyman W. Biddle Medal as the oarsman who had shown the best
sportsmanship and contributed the most to rowing at Princeton. He also
earned a master of science degree in environmental engineering at the
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse in 1990.