JP learned to row in high school at St. Ignatius College Prep in San Francisco and continued his rowing career in college for the University of California, Berkeley. After college, he began coaching at SI as the freshman coach. In 2006, he accepted a graduate assistantship at Marietta College, where he earned a Master of Arts in Education and coached their novice crew. Upon graduating from the program in 2008, he worked as a sales agent for Vespoli USA for nearly a decade, covering the Midwest and West Coast regions. In 2017, he found his dream job (and current appointment) as the Head Coach of Men’s Rowing at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he’s also pursuing a PhD in Education in Educational Leadership and Organizational Theory.
JP’s recent results/accomplishments include the following:
2018: WIRA silver medal, Varsity 8+
2018: WIRA bronze medal, Varsity 4+
2018: WIRA bronze medal, Lightweight 4+
2019: WIRA gold medal, Lightweight 8
2019: WIRA gold medal, Lightweight 4+
2019: WIRA silver medal, Varsity 4+
2019: WIRA Regatta Men’s Team Points Trophy Champions
2019: Head of the Charles bronze medal, Men’s Collegiate 4+
2019: ACRA West Region Men’s Coach of the Year
Since the age of 5, Sean has had an affinity for sports and has taken part in team sports since then. He loves the challenge of overcoming adversity as well as the process that it takes to become a successful athlete. This love for sports has affected his career and life choices. Sean began his rowing career as a walk-on novice athlete for Long Beach State University in 2014. He rowed for three years with Beach Crew and transitioned into coaching after he graduated with a B.S. Degree in Kinesiology in 2017. He has also been a personal trainer since 2014 and worked with the USRowing U17/U18 Junior National Team High Performance Camp as an intern in 2016 and 2018. He additionally coached for USRowing’s U17/18 Olympic Development Program (ODP) in 2019, helping the Northwest Men’s Region win the Men’s Team Points trophy. From 2016-2019, Sean was also an intern with Long Beach State’s Strength and Conditioning Complex and worked with D1 NCAA athletes from a variety of sports.
Sean was Assistant Coach with Long Beach State Men’s Rowing for the 2017-2018 season and Head Coach for 2018-2019. Beach Crew enjoyed their success at multiple regattas with Sean, most notably the silver medal finishes in the Men’s 2X and Men’s Novice Lightweight 4 at WIRA in 2019. He is grateful for the opportunity to now coach at UCSB and looks forward to being a positive influence for the program.