HANOVER, N.H. - Director of Athletics Harry Sheehy announced today (Aug. 7) the hiring of Sean Healey as the head coach of the Dartmouth men's lightweight crew team. Healey comes to Dartmouth from Cornell, where he served as the freshman lightweight rowing coach for the past six years.
"I'm excited to welcome Sean and his family to Dartmouth," said Sheehy. "He has been one of the most accomplished freshmen coaches in our League and is fully prepared to assume a head coaching role. It's not easy to replace a coach like Dan Roock, but I'm confident that we've found the right person to build upon the successful tradition of our lightweight program."
Healey comes to Dartmouth after six very successful seasons with the Big Red. In Healey's tenure, the Big Red freshmen posted a 29-13 regular season Ivy League record and claimed back-to-back Kilpatrick Cup titles at the Eastern Sprints, as the league's top freshmen eight.
In addition to his responsibilities with the lightweight freshmen, Healey assisted the varsity crews and helped the Cornell squad to two consecutive IRA titles in 2007 and 2008 while assisting the Big Red to the Jope Cup, as the Eastern Sprints team champion in 2008.
"It's an honor to come to Hanover to lead the Dartmouth lightweight crew team," said Healey. "I'm eager to add to the tradition and build upon the success of the program. I look forward to working with the athletes, the athletic department and the very supportive alumni of the program to uphold the high standards of Dartmouth rowing, in the classroom, on the water, and in the community - while winning a lot of races in the process."
Healey also has coaching experience at the junior level, serving as an assistant coach with the Three Rivers Rowing Association and well as the Steel City Rowing Club. He also spent time as the novice coach with the Carnegie Mellon Rowing Club.
An accomplished rower in his own right, Healey was a two-year varsity letterwinner for the Big Red from 2001-05. Healey led Cornell to three second-place finishes at Eastern Sprints in 2002, 2003 and 2005, while also claiming the IRA Pair Championship as a senior.
During his collegiate career at Cornell, Healey was awarded the Courtney Award, given to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the ideals of former Cornell coach, Charles Courtney. He also earned the Hammer Award and a spot on the Wall of Honor during his career.
Healey earned his Bachelor of Science, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell and spent a year as an associate engineer at Bechtel Bettis, Inc., in Pennsylvania before embarking on his coaching career.
Healey's wife, Heather, is a Dartmouth graduate and a former captain of the Dartmouth women's crew team. They have a seven-month old son, Ian.