Aug. 29, 2016
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University Director of Men's Rowing Lucas Agnini has announced the addition of Lee Rumpf to the coaching staff. Rumpf will serve as the varsity coach for GU's lightweight squad.
"I could not be more thrilled for this chance to contribute to the storied history of Georgetown rowing," Rumpf said. "The athletes here are a cut above and the future of this lightweight team is a bright one. With the understanding that nothing is given to you and everything must be earned, the team is on board to compete at the highest level of our sport. I want to thank everyone involved for this opportunity, in particular the coaches who inspired me along the way. Hoya Saxa!"
Rumpf is coming to Georgetown after serving as an assistant coach at George Washington University for three years. In 2015, he helped guide the Colonials post final national rankings of No. 22 for the Varsity 8, No. 15 for the Second Varsity 8 and No. 16 for the Third Varsity 8. He led the Third Varsity 8 to a 5-1 duel record in 2016 finishing 11th in the country at the IRA National Championships.
Prior to GW, Rumpf coached a number of Washington, D.C. teams. With Thompson Boat Center (TBC), Rumpf guided crews to national championships and podium finishes at the Royal Canadian Henley. He also served as the freshmen coach at St. Alban's School in spring of 2012 and has assisted with the Walt Whitman High School crew teams.
In 2015, he coached the TBC Lightweight men - which included Georgetown rowers Kevin McGowan, Conor McCarrick, and Chris Graff - to third and fifth place finishes at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta.
Rumpf graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012 with a degree in political science. He rowed for Agnini, who was an assistant coach for the Bears.
A native of Arlington, Va., Rumpf graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in 2007. While rowing for The Colonials he won the Stotesbury Cup twice, earned a Scholastic National Championship and competed at Henley Royal Regatta.
"Lee will be an incredible fit here at Georgetown," Agnini said. "I have worked alongside of him the last two summers with the development group we have been working with and I was more than impressed with his ability to develop the athletes, no matter what skill level. Lee is a total package as a coach. He has incredible rowing and training knowledge, he's fantastic at recruiting, he cares deeply for the athletes and believes very heavily in team culture. Lee and I are on the same page in every part of the sport. I am really looking forward to seeing what he does with this opportunity to run the lightweight team."