HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth heavyweight rowing head coach Wyatt Allen announced that Albert Monte will serve as the assistant coach for the 2014-15 season. Monte comes to the Upper Valley from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he was the head coach of the men’s rowing program at Bucknell.
“Al has an impressive track record of making every program he’s been at measurably better, whether as an athlete, a freshman coach, a recruiter or, most recently, a head coach,” said Allen, who was named head coach of the program in July. “Al’s work ethic and passion for the sport are infectious, and I have no doubt he will be a terrific mentor to our student-athletes at Dartmouth. I am thrilled he has decided to join us in Hanover.”
Monte joined the Bison’s staff in 2008 as the freshman/assistant rowing coach, a role he fulfilled until 2011 when he became the program’s head coach. In 2012, Monte was named the American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) Coach of the Year. Prior to Bucknell, he was the head coach of the men’s under 23 team at the Vesper Boat Club during the summers of 2011 and 2012, and was the head junior rowing coach at the Fairmount Rowing Association in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
Before he started coaching, Monte enjoyed a successful rowing career of his own. He began rowing at Roman Catholic High School for Boys in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, represented the United States at the 2003 Junior World Championships in Athens, Greece, and was invited in 2006 to the World Under 23 Rowing Championships Selection Camp. He is also a two-time Royal Canadian Henley Regatta Champion and a six-time U.S. Rowing National Champion.
Monte was a four-year letterwinner at Holy Cross, leading the Crusaders to Patriot League titles in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Monte was elected captain in his senior year and, throughout his tenure at Holy Cross, the Varsity Eight was ranked in the national top 20 every year.
Monte graduated from Holy Cross in 2007 with a degree in history.