Blair Brooks

Varsity Boys Coach

Cell:  (603) 252-8665, email:

This is Blair’s fourth season as coach of the boys novice crew.  During his time with Hanover High, the boys novice program has grown from one boat to over three – which will provide a foundation for a strong varsity team in the years to come.

Unlike Peter, Blair passed up the opportunity to row at Belmont Hill, being a self-described 6 foot 5 inch 155 pound “beanpole.”  Once at Harvard, however, Blair put on 50 pounds and took off to an immediately successful rowing career.  At Harvard he was part of the famous “Rude and Smooth” crew of 1974 that went undefeated and won the national championships at the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin. As captain of the 1975 boat, his boat remained undefeated and again won the national title.  Blair competed at the Henley Royal Regatta, winning the Thames Cup in 1972 as a freshman in the Harvard boat.  His senior year the Harvard boat competed in the Grand Challenge Cup, beating the U.S. Team before ultimately being eliminated by the British national team.  Blair dropped the “rude” but continues the “smooth” and continues to row competitively in both sweeps and sculls with the Upper Valley Rowing Foundation.

Blair is the president of the Friends of Hanover Crew, a position he has held for the past three years.  In his daytime hours, Blair Brooks, M.D. is Section Chief of General Internal Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.