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The 2014 Annual Drive


It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Stan Pocock '47, a man whose quality of work in the sport of rowing spanned decades and reached the very pinnacle of our sport. Born in the same year that Washington first won the varsity race at Poughkeepsie (1923), rowing would be a part of his life from day one. But rather than shrink from it, or the challenge of having a legendary father, Stan embraced it and made it his own. Upon graduation from the UW in 1947, Stan became the Washington lightweight coach, then two years later the freshman coach.  In his six seasons as frosh coach, his crews won five Cal Duals, three National Titles, and two second-place finishes at the IRA.  "Winning as an end in itself was not the goal" he said at the time. "Trying to win was what counted."

Stan would then take his coaching skills to the next level, founding LWRC and sending elite crews to three Olympics from 1956 - 1964, his teams winning gold in all three. Back home he settled into the boat-building business, becoming a master, like his father, of the cedar shell, but also an experienced engineer and innovator as boat-building transitioned in the 80's to higher-tech materials. He remained active in the rowing community upon retirement, founding, with his sister Patricia, the Pocock Rowing Center in 1994, and having a large presence in the Seattle master's rowing community with the Ancient Mariners and a number of master's women's programs. Throughout that time he stayed in close touch with the Washington Rowing program, just this year receiving the Don H. Palmer Award at the UW Hall of Fame Banquet in recognition of his lifetime commitment to UW Athletics.

But for those who knew Stan - and there are a large number in Seattle, and across the country and world who did - it was his soft-spoken demeanor and willingness to share his knowledge that will be remembered. His presence at any occasion stirred memories of cedar hulls cutting glass smooth water, a time when Lake Washington sat still in the morning with only the sound of blades entering and exiting on each stroke. Those were the life and times of Stan Pocock; those memories, and the knowledge he shared, will remain his legacy and his gift to the sport of rowing.

To all of Stan's family, friends, and the many he touched in the rowing community, we offer our condolences. A memorial service will be held at Conibear Shellhouse Saturday, January 3rd, at 11:00 a.m.  More information is here: Stan Pocock Memorial Service.


Thank You Alumni and Friends for All of Your Support in 2014!
2014 In Review:

Men: V8, F8, V4 IRA National Champions, 8th Straight Ten Eyck Team National Championship; V8, F8, V4 and Team Pac-12 Champions; Pac-12 Coach of the Year, Four Pac-12 All-Conference Athletes; 16 Men's Team Members Receive Pac-12 Academic Honors; 16 UW Men at U-23World Championships; 8 UW Men Compete at World Rowing Championships

UW Men Prepare for the IRA, May 2014

Women: New Zealand Gallagher V8 Great Race Champions; Windermere Cup V8 Champions over GB; V8, V4 4th at NCAA National Championships; Pac-12's: V8 2nd, Team 2nd; Three Pac-12 All-Conference Athletes, 16 Women's Team Members Receive Pac-12 Academic Honors; Two UW Women at U-23 World Championships (both silver) and 7 UW Women at World Rowing Championships (1 gold, 6 silver); Megan Kalmoe '06 US Rowing Female Athlete of the Year

UW Women Win in New Zealand, September 2014

And Finally, for the 2013-2014 school year:  69 members of the UW Rowing Team, men and women together, make the UW Dean's List...

Congratulations to Our UW Athletes and Coaches on a
 Fantastic 2014, Both On the Water and In the Classroom

 See You in 2015!

At Washington, our team includes exceptional and dedicated athletes and coaches, a vibrant alumni group, active parents, and friends from across the globe. Our core values include an equal and inclusive environment for all of our athletes - men and women together - and emphasize tradition, community, education, and teamwork. These values do not end at the shellhouse doors, but are a commitment every VBC member has made - since the days of Hiram Conibear - to strive for excellence both on and off the water.  Welcome to our website!


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