Hilary Gehman Named Women's Rowing Coach at Cornell University

Former assistant and interim head coach to take over women's rowing program

June 27, 2007

ITHACA, N.Y. - Hilary Gehman has been named the Staley Women's Rowing Coach at Cornell University it was announced today by Andy Noel, the Meakem•Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education.

"I'm thrilled to accept the position as the Staley Women's Rowing Coach at Cornell," Gehman said. "I'm excited to continue working with the team as head coach and I'm looking forward to a great group of recruits in the fall to add depth to our program."

Gehman, a six-time member of the U.S. national rowing team and a two-time Olympian, came to Cornell in 2004 as an assistant coach and spent last season serving as the interim head coach. After taking over the program during the spring of 2007, Gehman's varsity boats showed steady improvement throughout the season, while her novice boats placed seventh and second, respectively, at the Eastern Sprints.

Gehman served as the Big Red women's novice rowing coach for two seasons after being hired in 2004. In her two seasons with the Big Red, the novice women combined for an 11-6 record.

Gehman was the voice of the Olympic 4X in Athens, serving as crew leader in training sessions and during races. Her fifth-place finish at the 2004 Games mirrored her performance in the quad at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.

A two-time Olympian, Gehman has also raced on four U.S. national teams in the women's quad, earning a bronze medal in 2001. A competitor at numerous World Cup stops with the U.S. team, Gehman and her crewmates have captured four bronze medals at four international regattas since 1999, and her quad earned the gold medal at the 2003 Munich World Cup. In competitions at the national level, Gehman won the double sculls at the 2001 and 2002 Head of the Charles regattas and finished second in 2003.

Gehman earned coaching experience in the competitive EAWRC while serving as the assistant coach at Georgetown from 2000-03, and the Hoyas captured the Big East title in 2001. Prior to her time in the nations capital, Gehman was the head men's and women's rowing coach at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., from 1996-98, overseeing 60 student-athletes.


A native of Wolfeboro, N.H., Gehman graduated from Colby College in 1993 with a bachelors degree in sociology. She was a four-year member of the Mules club rowing team, as the sport was elevated to varsity status the season following her graduation.

Hilary Gehman has been named the Staley Women's Rowing Coach at Cornell University.