Blair Brooks

Varsity/JV Boys Coach

Cell:  (603) 252-8665, email:

This is Blair’s 14th season as coach for Hanover crew.  He spent 12 years with the boys novice crew and for the last two years has been coaching the boys varsity and JV with Andy Hilton.

Blair rowing history did not start in high school where he was 6 foot 5 inch 155 pound “beanpole.”  Blair was “recruited” at freshman orientation by a smile from the Harvard Varsity coach legend Harry Parker and the rest is history. Blair put on 50 pounds and another inch or two freshman year and took off to an immediately successful rowing career.  At Harvard he was part of the famous “Rude and Smooth” crews of 1974 and 1975 that went undefeated and won two national championships. As captain of the 1975, he capped off an undefeated intercollegiate racing career. 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. National Team before ultimately being eliminated by the British national team.  Blair continues to row, sculling mostly, on the Connecticut and competing in the Head of the Charles with his daughter in a double.

Blair is the president of the Friends of Hanover Crew, a position he has held for the past many (!) years.  Since he retired from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center he has found new interests – writing poetry, singing, forestry and creating his eclectic orchard.  And of course, coaching remains an important part of his life – helping to support all kids that want to row and enable adult scullers to row on the beautiful Connecticut river from the wonderful new home of Hanover Crew.