Topher Bordeau | Head Coach | Heavyweight Crew | Dartmouth College

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

It’s pretty simple, though not common. I’m looking for a physiology that is strong (as demonstrated by an outstanding erg score for rowers with significant experience) or one that has the capacity to be strong (as demonstrated by size, athleticism, and a solid erg score for rowers with little experience). Beyond that, I want someone who is excited to spend four years working in partnership with the coaching staff to become the best rower possible and is willing to prioritize his life in the following order to do so: family, academics, rowing, everything else.

Could you give an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

Rowing is a little like geology: it’s just a study of pressure and time. Last year’s captain, Evan Greulich, exceeded my expectations with just how much he progressed physiologically over four years of training. But the remarkable thing about it is, is that he never once had a result on the erg or on the water that turned my head. It was more of a case of constant, relentless, patient improvement so that by the end of his senior year he was an outstanding rower. He excelled because he was relentless with his pursuit of excellence over four years and humble enough to realize that true progress comes slowly and requires patience and persistence.