PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Dr. M. Grace Calhoun, has announced the hiring of Geoff Bond as the new Nicholas B. Paumgarten Head Coach of Men’s Heavyweight Rowing.
Bond was a coach at the University of California from 1996-2009, including a nine-year stint as Associate Head Coach during which time he oversaw the freshman/novice rowers and coxswains.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Geoff Bond and his family to the Penn community,” said Calhoun. “Geoff is an accomplished coach with a proven track record of making boats go fast. We were drawn to Geoff’s energy, passion for the sport, and vision for returning the Penn Heavyweight Rowing program to prominence. Geoff’s boats had a great deal of success during his time at Cal, and we hope to see similar results under his leadership here at Penn.”
“It is an honor and a dream come true to join the Penn Rowing community,” said Bond. “The Penn Rowing tradition goes back over a century and has been forged by the likes of Callow, Burk, Nash, and Bergman. Going forward, I am eager to partner with the athletes, coaches, administrators, and alumni in creating the next generation of fast Penn boats. I am sincerely grateful to Athletic Director Grace Calhoun and her staff for this wonderful opportunity.”
While at Cal, Bond coached boats that won gold medals at the IRA National Championships five times during his tenure, silver three other times, and bronze twice. His Freshman 8 won five-straight Pac-10 crowns, from 2003-07, and were undefeated national champions in both 2004, 2005 and 2007. Bond guided the Cal JV to second place in the Ladies’ Challenge Cup at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in 1999, while his 2007 Freshmen won the Temple Challenge Cup at Henley, a first in Cal’s history.
Currently, Bond serves as an instructor for CRUfit in Oakland, Calif., where he designs and leads innovative training sessions and runs development camps for junior rowers. He also serves as a personal trainer.
In the spring of 2014, Bond was interim Head Boys’ Crew Coach and Boathouse Director at Deerfield (Mass.) Academy. He led Deerfield to its first New England championship in nine years as well as a bronze medal at the Youth Nationals. In 2012, he was a strength and conditioning consultant for a Chinese National Team club in Jiangsu, China. Bond also coached crew at the interscholastic level at Salisbury (Conn.) School from 1988-90, and Berkeley (Calif.) High School from 1994-96.
Bond is a 1988 graduate of Brown University, where he earned a B.A. in Classical Greek and Roman History. As a walk-on, Bond raced in the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity eights between 1984 and 1988. During that period, the Bears’ varsity won an Eastern Sprints title and two IRA national championships.