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HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy has announced Wyatt Allen has been named the new head coach of men’s heavyweight rowing.
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.
“Wyatt began rowing after he enrolled at Virginia and quickly rose to an elite level through his tireless work ethic, toughness, and passion for the sport,” Sheehy remarked. “He knows what it takes to achieve success and has a personal style that will engage and motivate our student-athletes.
“Having grown up in Portland, Maine, Wyatt also has a deep appreciation for the outdoors and will inspire his athletes to embrace the challenges and benefits that the unique Dartmouth environs have to offer,” Sheehy added.
In addition to an outstanding career as a rower, Allen brings with him successful coaching experience both on the national and collegiate level.
Most recently, he served as an assistant coach this summer with the US Rowing Under-23 National Team in Oakland, California, and competed successfully last week 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.