Sean Healey is entering his sixth season as head coach of the lightweight rowing team in 2017-18.
The Big Green had a good showing at the Eastern Sprints Regatta during the 2016-17 season, improving on all of their seeds and qualifying both the 4+ and 4- for the IRA Regatta, returning to the national stage for the first time since the 2014 season. Dartmouth fared well in the heats and advanced both crews to the Grand Finals, where it placed sixth in the 4- and third in the 4+.
Dartmouth spent the entirety of the 2015-16 season in the rankings, sitting as high as No. 8 throughout the final week of competition. The Big Green concluded the season at the EARC Sprints Regatta, finishing in ninth place. Josh Konieczny '13, who graduated following Healey's first season as head coach, qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics in the double sculls.
Throughout the 2014-15 season, Healey led the Big Green to a 10th place finish at the Head of the Charles, a sixth place finish at the Princeton Chase, a third at the Green Monster and a ninth place finish at the EARC Sprints Regatta. Dartmouth concluded the year at the latter event, competing in the Petite Final in three of its four boats. Edward Harvey was selected to the Academic All-Ivy Team.
Healey came to Dartmouth from Cornell, where he served as the freshman lightweight rowing coach for six years.
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 upon his hiring. "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 son, Ian.