Franklin & Marshall Director of Athletics & Recreation Patricia S.W. Epps announced the hiring of Bob Brady as the head coach for the men's and women's rowing programs in August 2019.
Brady spent the 2017-19 seasons as the assistant women's rowing coach at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. He helped lead the Bantams to one of their best seasons in recent years as Trinity finished its 2019 campaign as the nation's No. 13 ranked team. Brady was integral in growing the program to more than 30 student-athletes during his tenure and was responsible for on-campus recruitment and development of novice student-athletes.
"Coach Brady has the experience, enthusiasm, and expertise that will inspire and energize our F&M rowers," said Epps. "He has coached at national-level regattas, including the NCAA Women's Rowing Championships and will guide both Diplomat teams as they strive to reach the next level. He impressed us with his ability to offer opportunities for novices with no prior experience and develop them into elite student-athletes."
In addition to his role at Trinity, Brady was the head coach of Central Connecticut Rowing since April 2018. He oversaw all aspects of the club, designing and managing practices for 40 rowers and served in a similar position with Capital Rowing Club in Washington, D.C. from 2008-16.
Brady's collegiate coaching experience includes a Division I stint with Georgetown University as the lightweight assistant coach from 2015-16 where he helped guide the lightweight fours to a second-place showing at the Head of the Charles Regatta, as well as first in the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship Regatta.
A 2005 graduate of Michigan State with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Advertising, his rowing experience extends to several other programs including Lansing Oar, and Paddle Club, Capital Rowing Club, and Riverfront Recapture. Brady spent the 2004-07 seasons as the Spartans' Novice men's coach. While there, he helped manage and design practices for student-athletes, assisted in the organization of training programs, and aided in on-campus recruiting.
Brady also brings with him to F&M an extensive background in corporate communications. Since 2008, he has worked with Xenophon Strategies in D.C. as the company's Managing Director where he developed short and long-term communications plans, as well as social media campaigns for clients.
His wife, Jadwin Jenkins, is a former coxswain and together they have one dog - a boxer-pit-mix, named Bruce Wayne. Brady still actively rows and he also enjoys running and hiking with Bruce.