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Jake Cornelius
Position: Assistant Coach
Experience: 1 Year

Jake Cornelius enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Stanford men’s rowing team. He returned to The Farm in 2012-13 as an assistant coach after rowing at Stanford from 2003-06.

In his first season, Cornelius helped lead the Cardinal to an eighth place finish at the IRA National Championships, third place finish at the Pac-12 Championships and a victory over Cal in The Big row.

Prior to working at Stanford, Cornelius rowed for the United States National Team. He rowed the U.S. squad to a fourth place finish at the 2012 Olympics in London after his eight won the 2012 Final Olympic Qualification Regatta. He began training with the U.S. team in 2007, competing in 2009 and 2010 before suffering an injury that required spinal surgery in 2011. In 2010, he finished sixth in the eight at the World Rowing Championships.

Other career highlights include winning the 2007 Cambridge Oxford Boat Race, winning the pair at the 2010 USRowing National Championships and winning gold in the four at the 2009 USRowing National Championships.

While training with the national team in Princeton, N.J., he worked for the New Jersey Solar Consulting doing economic and technical analysis for industrial and commercial solar projects. He also started an educational services business called Milestone Academic Counseling.

Cornelius graduated from Stanford in 2006 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He was a four-year letterwinner and two-time All-Pac-10 selection in 2005 and 2006. He was part of the first Stanford Varsity Eight to beat Washington and Cal in recent memory. He went on to gain his master’s degree in engineering for sustainable development at Cambridge University.

Jake and his wife Lisa were married in 2011 and reside in Portola Valley, Calif.