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Nate Rooks
Position: Assistant Coach
Experience: 5 Years

A four-year Stanford letterwinner and team captain, Nate Rooks enters his sixth season as an assistant coach with Stanford Women's Rowing in 2013-14.

Over five years on The Farm, Rooks has helped lead the Cardinal to the NCAA Championships all five years, and was instrumental in guiding the varsity four to a 5th place finish in the NCAA final in 2009, helping Stanford secure its first ever NCAA Championship. He coached the varsity four to a 7th place finish at the 2010 NCAA Championship. Stanford tied Brown for first in 2011, but lost a tiebreaker for the National Championship. The Cardinal followed with ninth place in 2012 and 10th a year ago. Rooks worked with all three varsity lineups in 2011, helping guide Stanford’s II Eight to its first ever NCAA Title in 2011. There have been eight All-America selections during his three seasons as well as four All-PAC-12 members. On the academic side, the Cardinal has placed 39 on the All-PAC-12 Academic team, including Marielle Higgins who was named the 2012 PAC-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year. There have also been 23 student-athletes named College Rowing Coaches Association Scholar Athletes. 

Rooks’ Stanford career highlights include stroking back-to-back Copley Cup champion boats at the San Diego Crew Classic in 2006 and 2007, a victory in the Collegiate Open 4+ at the Head of the Charles in 2006, and a silver medal at the 2007 IRA National Championships. Lessons learned at Stanford helped Nate earn the opportunity to row internationally in the United States Under-23 eight at the 2006 and 2007 World Championships in Belgium and Scotland, respectively.

"Nate is one of Stanford's most successful oarsmen," said women's head coach Yasmin Farooq. "His commitment to excellence and his inside knowledge of the Stanford scholar-athlete experience make him invaluable to this team. We are so very fortunate he has chosen to pursue coaching professionally."

Nate began rowing in 2002 at his home on Bainbridge Island, WA and returned there to coach the summer after his freshman year at Stanford. This inspired a strong desire to coach long-term.

Nate graduated from Stanford University in 2007 with a B.A. in film and media studies, and a minor in human biology.

A product of Stanford Rowing's unique culture, Nate is extremely excited about sharing his enthusiasm for the sport, and for Stanford, as he helps his crews in their relentless pursuit of boatspeed.

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