After four years as head coach, Geoff Bond will no longer lead Penn heavyweight rowing with the expiration of his contract on June 30, Athletics Director M. Grace Calhoun announced on Thursday.
"We want to thank Geoff for his service to Penn Athletics and wish him well in his future endeavors," Calhoun said in a Penn Athletics statement. "We will conduct a search to find the best fit to lead our student-athletes moving forward."
Penn heavyweight rowing saw mixed results during this past season. The first Varsity Eight placed 13th out of 17 teams at the EARC Sprints. At the IRA National Championship, the first Varsity Eight placed 17th overall, while the second Varsity Eight placed 16th.
Prior to his four year stint at Penn, Bond coached at California for more than ten years, from 1996-2009. Cal boasts one of the strongest rowing programs in the country. Bond spent nine of these years serving as an assistant.
While at Cal, Bond’s boats saw great success, earning gold medals at the IRA National Championships five times, silver three times, and bronze twice during his tenure. As Assistant Head Coach, he worked specifically with the freshman rowers and coxswains. The freshmen he coached won five consecutive conference titles from 2003-2007 in what was then the Pac-10.
Bond himself rowed in college. He attended Brown from 1984-1988, where he rowed as a walk-on. Brown's program won an Eastern Sprints title and two IRA National Championships during Bond's four years.
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