Luke McGee, Crew

Luke McGee, Crew

BrownBears.com features one former male and female student-athlete who has gone on to achieve success in the workplace, as well as exhibit the spirit of Brown University within the community. The installments will provide highlights of the selectees’ athletic careers at Brown and offer a glimpse into their current career paths.

Alumni Spotlight – Luke McGee ’01

Luke McGee ’01, a standout student-athlete on the men’s crew team and U.S. Rowing medalist, has transitioned from a successful rower to an accomplished national coach.

Most recently, McGee was the head coach of the United States Men's Heavyweight Rowing team at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The team finished in second place in its first heat and moved on to the repechage race. In the repechage, McGee and team USA won the race to advance to the final where they captured fourth place.

After competing for the Bears - earning Eastern Sprints and Royal Henley Regatta championships and silver medals in Sprints and IRA’s - McGee was a member of Oxford’s team and the U.S. National Team (2001-04), where he stroked the U.S. Men’s Coxed Four to a World Championship.

McGee returned to College Hill in 2004 as the freshman coach, leading the Bears to a pair of Eastern Sprints titles in 2005 and 2007. After his stint with the Bears, McGee spent five years at Washington with the freshman program, with the Huskies winning gold medals in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and five consecutive team national championships.

In 2013, McGee was named the head coach of the U.S. National team, and also served as the U.S. Men’s Under 23 Coordinator. In his first year, the men’s eight won a bronze medal at the World Rowing Championships. The following year, the men’s eight placed fourth at world championships and won a gold medal at the second world cup. In 2015, McGee guided the men’s eight to a seventh place finish at the world championships. 

Photo Courtesy of US Rowing

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submitting nominees to athleticcommunication@brown.edu. Nominations should include: notable career achievements, current occupation, location, recent photos, and notable contributions to the community.