Geoff Bond
Geoff Bond

Player Profile
Freshman Coach

9th Year at Cal

Alma Mater:
Brown '88

June 2008 Q&A with Geoff Bond

Geoff Bond is a 1988 graduate of Brown University, at which he earned a B.A. in Classical Greek and Roman History. Bond rowed in Steve Gladstone's powerhouse Brown program, competing in the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity 8s between 1984 and 1988. During that period Brown won two titles at the Eastern Sprints Championships and two IRA varsity national championships.

After graduating from Brown, Bond and his wife, Hilary, spent two years teaching and coaching at the Salisbury School in Salisbury, Conn. They then traveled to Japan, where they taught English for two years. Bond headed the Berkeley High School Boys Crew Program in 1993-94 and 1995-96. When Gladstone returned to Cal in the fall of '96, he asked Bond to join him as his varsity assistant. During Bond's three years of apprenticeship under Gladstone, he helped develop the less experienced athletes and ultimately coached the varsity 4+ at the IRA Regatta each year. In 1999 he led the Bears' Henley Campaign, which ended in a second-place finish in the Ladies' Plate at the Henley Royal Regatta.

Bond is currently in his ninth year at the helm of the California freshman crew. In addition to five consecutive Pac-10 wins in 2003-07, his crews have collected medals at the IRA national championships in six of the last eight years. In 2004 and 2005, the Cal freshmen were undefeated national champions, something never done before at Cal in consecutive years. Cal also won the 2007 and 2008 IRA freshman eight titles. Another first under Bond's leadership was Cal's recent five-year winning streak (2003-07) over the Washington Huskies in the annual freshman dual that dates back to 1939.

In the rare moments when he is not training his athletes or recruiting the next generation of Cal oarsmen, Bond can be found preparing his house for the next big quake, napping or doing laps around the Oakland Airport on his bicycle. Currently, he and his wife live in the Oakland Hills with their three children, Evelyn, Phineas and Beatrix.