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11/05/2017

Crew Plebes Find Success at Rutgers Fall Classic

Lightweights win both F8 and F4 events; women finish first in N8

11/06/2016

Strong Results Turned in by Plebes at Rutgers Fall Classic

Mids post top four times in freshmen eight race

10/16/2016

Navy Rowing Races to Pair of Wins at Annual Navy Day Regatta

Women's novice eight and lightweight freshman four crews earn victories

11/07/2015

Navy Plebes Dominate in Final Fall Competition

Heavyweights win Rutgers Fall Classic team event; lightweights individual event

Hired as the lightweight program's assistant coach in August of 2015 Sands brings with him over 10 years of high-level collegiate competition as both a coach and student-athlete.

In his first season with the Mids in 2016, Sands worked with the younger rowers and lower boats to help the program groom its depth. At the Eastern Sprints, Navy’s 4V and 5V crews finished top-four with the fourth boat taking the silver medal. As a program, Navy’s depth helped it fifth in the Jope Cup.

Sands comes to the Naval Academy after recently serving on staff at the University of Texas in the role of boatman for the varsity women’s program during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. This past spring, the Longhorns finished seventh in the country at the NCAA Championships, the highest placement by a Texas rowing squad at the national championship in school history. In recognition of the Longhorns’ success, Sands and the other members of the staff were selected as the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Division One Staff of the Year.

Prior to Texas, Sands was an assistant coach with the Penn heavyweight team from 2011 to 2013 after holding the same position with the George Washington heavyweight squad from 2007 to 2010. With the Quakers, he helped with recruiting and organizing official visits, as well as gathering talent and coaching walk-ons from Penn’s campus. Sands’ varsity four crew in 2013 came in first place at the Eastern Sprints, earning the program’s first medal of any kind at the Sprints since 2006. As a member of the Colonials’ staff, Sands led the freshmen program and saw GW reach new heights with a ninth place finish at the Eastern Sprints in 2009. Sands’ freshman crew finished the 2008 season with a 7-1 duel racing record.

Away from the collegiate ranks, Sands was a head coach at the US Rowing Olympic Men’s Development Camp at the University of Pennsylvania and at the Mid-Atlantic region between 2008 and 2013. He also served as head coach of the women’s USRowing Development Camp at the University of Texas during the summer of 2015. Highlights from his time with USRowing include coaching both sculling and sweep boats to medal winning performances at the USRowing Club National Championships and Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.

A 2007 graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Sands was a four-year member of the Badgers’ heavyweight crew program. In his first year, Sands served as a coxswain on the freshman eight, coxing his crew to an undefeated duel season record. Over next three years, he began rowing, capturing several Midwest Championships titles as part of the nationally-ranked heavyweight squad. He graduated from Wisconsin with a degree in political science. After college, Sands trained as a lightweight for several short stints at Riverside boat club in Boston, Massachusetts and the Pennsylvania Athletic Club in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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