HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth Director of Athletics and Recreation Harry Sheehy today announced the resignation of the Big Green’s head coach of lightweight rowing, Sean Healey, following the sixth season of his tenure.
Healey led Dartmouth to the IRA National Championship three times during his time in Hanover, guiding the Big Green varsity eight to a fourth-place finish in his first season (2013) and the varsity four to a third-place standing the following year. In 2017, the varsity four returned to nationals, claiming third once again.
Dartmouth began the 2018 spring season ranked ninth in the national polls and ended the season 12th while placing eighth in the varsity eight at the Eastern Sprints Regatta. The Big Green had their best showing at the Eastern Sprints in his first year, taking third, following that up with a sixth-place finish in 2014.
Healey also coached future Olympian Josh Konieczny ’13 during his first year at Dartmouth. Konieczny competed in the lightweight double sculls at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where he finished fifth after winning the event at the team trials.
“We are grateful to Sean for leading our program for the last six years, and for his unwavering dedication to our student-athletes,” Sheehy said.
Prior to his tenure at Dartmouth, Healey was a freshman lightweight rowing coach at Cornell for six years. His team posted a 29-13 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, he assisted the varsity crews and helped the Cornell squad garner two consecutive IRA titles in 2007 and 2008.
Healey was a two-year varsity letterwinner for the Big Red, helping Cornell to three second-place finishes at the Eastern Sprints in 2002, ’03 and ’05, plus claimed the IRA Pair Championship in his senior year.
A national search for Healey’s successor will begin immediately.