Greater Washington
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame

Ken Dreyfuss

Ken Dreyfuss

Sport: Rowing
Category: Athlete and Coach
Primary Team: USA National
Year Inducted: 2007

Ken Dreyfuss has had a distinguished career as a rowing competitor and coach at the collegiate, national, and international levels. As an athlete, he captained and coxed Penn’s Heavyweight crew that broke Harvard’s six year undefeated streak in 1969 and took 3 consecutive team championships at the Intercollegiate National Championships {IRAs.) Ken was a coxswain in the 1974-75 World Rowing Championships, the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and the 1975 Pan-American Games where he won a gold medal. Ken’s coaching career has included Chestnut Hill Academy, the US Naval Academy’s Plebe Heavyweights, Stanford University’s Varsity Men and Potomac Boat Club. Ken’s Chestnut Hill teams won the Philadelphia City and Stotesbury Championships. While at Navy, his Plebe crew garnered the 1982 Eastern Sprints’ title while the entire Navy team won overall team supremacy honors in 1982, ’83 and ’84. At Stanford, Ken was named 1986 PAC 10 Coach of the Year while his Varsity men defeated the University of California six times and the University of Washington three times, ending a seventeen year drought against both. In 1993, Ken founded Potomac Boat Club’s Elite Sculling program which ·over the past decade has placed more athletes on the United States National Team than any other U.S. program.

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