Jan. 13, 2008
SEATTLE - The 2007 national champion University of Washington men's varsity eight-oared crew, Huskies coach Bob Ernst and rowing legend Stan Pocock and the Pocock family were named Northwest Crew, Coach and Contributors of the Year at the annual Northwest Rowing Awards Dinner, Saturday evening at the UW's Conibear Shellhouse in Seattle.
The winners were nominated by their peers in Alaska, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Wyoming to receive the annual awards presented by the Northwest Rowing Council.
"The Northwest Rowing Council is honored to recognize the national champion UW men's varsity eight, coach Ernst and the Pocock family for their contributions to rowing in the Northwest," said Jenny Simon, President of the Northwest Rowing Council. "Today, the tradition of success at the University of Washington that coach Ernst, his national champion crew and Stan Pocock are a part of, continue to lift our sport at every level and place rowing among the Northwest's most successful sports."
The UW men's varsity eight and longtime UW coach Bob Ernst, were named to their awards for an undefeated 2007 season, which included winning the Pac-10 Conference title and the national championship. At the 2007 Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta on New Jersey's Cooper River, the Huskies crew of coxswain Katelin Snyder (Winter Park, Fla.), stroke Will Crothers (Kingston, Canada), 7 Heath Allen (Durango, Colo.), 6 Aljosa Corovic (Belgrade, Serbia), 5 Rob Gibson (Kingston, Canada), 4 David Worley (Oak Harbor, Wash.), 3 Steve Full (Cumberland, Maine), 2 Jessiah Johnson (Mercer Island, Wash.) and bow Max Lang (Lumby, Canada) defeated Pac-10 rivals Stanford and California and East Coast rowing powers Harvard, Brown and Princeton to win their 12th IRA national title in the men's varsity eight.
At the 2007 national regatta under Ernst, Washington crews captured three golds and a bronze to bring home the prestigious Ten Eck Trophy for overall points for the first time since 1970.
"I recognize that it is a tremendous honor that you have given me as coach of the year. Michael Callahan was a big part of it," Ernst said of his successor as men's head coach. "You don't get to be Coach of the Year with out great coaches and great athletes. This is one of the most special groups that I have been able to coach. It was a great group last year and I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do this year."
Stan Pocock, who is legendary in rowing circles throughout the Northwest and world as an oarsman, coach and shell builder, along with his late father George Y. Pocock, late mother Frances Pocock and sister Patricia Pocock VanMason, were named 2007 NW Contributors of the Year for a lifetime of service to the sport and their commitment to mentor younger generations of champion rowers through the Lake Washington Rowing Club and George Pocock Rowing Foundation.
After completing a successful rowing career at the University of Washington and earning a degree in Engineering in the 1940s, Pocock followed his father in coaching and mentoring promising rowers and building boats through the family shell-building business - one of the world's most successful.
As a coach at the University of Washington from 1947 to 1958, Pocock helped develop many of the Northwest's most talented rowers. As the Lake Washington Rowing Club's first coach, he guided Seattle crews to gold medals at the 1956 Melbourne and 1960 Rome Olympic Games.
As a boat builder, Pocock was an innovator. In the 1960s, he guided the world of rowing in the transition from the age of wood to lightweight composites, designing and constructing one of the first fiberglass single sculls and later developing one of the world's first wood and glass laminated composite oars.
Today, through the Lake Washington Rowing Club and George Pocock Rowing Foundation, Pocock's talent, experience and guiding-hand are found in the success of novice, masters and world-class rowers alike.
About the Northwest Rowing Council
The Northwest Rowing Council (www.RowNW.com) consists of all USRowing (the National Governing Body for the Sport of Rowing in the United States) institutional members in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Wyoming. With a mission to develop participation and opportunities in the sport of rowing within the Northwest region, leadership in the Northwest Rowing Council represents leaders from the Junior (high school), Open (elite), Collegiate, Masters (age 27 and older) and at-large segments of the sport of rowing.