USD men's rowing is preparing for the WIRA's to be held April 27-28
Brooks Dagman enters his 21st season as the Head Coach of Men's Rowing at USD. Over the past 20 seasons, Dagman has turned the USD Men's Crew Program into one of the most respected programs in the west. During his tenure, Dagman has consistently guided USD into the medals at both the regional and national level.
2009 will be remembered as the first year that the USD men's program entered the national stage. With a second place finish at the Crew Classic, followed by silver medals in the varsity four and bronze medals in the varsity eight at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships, the program secured its first automatic qualification into the National Championship Regatta. The eight and the four then went on to finish eighteenth and fourteenth respectively at Nationals, with the eight moving in front of Ivy League programs Penn and MIT, as well as cross town rivals UCSD.
The 2008 season finished with the varsity squad setting new standards for speed and performance. At the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships, the varsity eight finished in front of cross town rivals UCSD. The varsity eight also finished in the medals for the first time ever at WIRA's, picking up a set of bronze medals for their efforts. The same varsity squad went on to set a new school record of 5:47 at the Dad Vails the following weekend in Philadelphia.
The 2006-07 season saw the program set several new records in the eights with school records being set at 5:57 by the first varsity eight and 6:07 by the second varsity eight. The varsity eight finished with a best ever fourth place finish at the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Championships. The varsity lightweight four finished the season with a silver medal performance at WIRAs.
Besides his USD position, he has also served as assistant coach on the U.S. National Rowing Team which competed in the Pan American Games in Argentina; has worked with the national team at Lake Otay; been President of the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association; and served as the southwest representative for the Mens Olympic Rowing Committee. Dagman was named to the USD post in 1992 after seving as senior assistant coach at UCLA from 1986-91. He earned three varsity letters as an oarsman for the Bruins (1982-85), receiving the team's Most Valuable Oarsman Award in 1984. Brooks and his wife, Barbara, reside in Lemon Grove with their daughter, Madeleine (21), and son, Hayden (9).
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