Coaching Staff


Craig Amerkhanian begins his first season as the Stanford men’s crew coach. Amerkhanian takes over his new position after serving as freshmen coach and associate head coach at California since September of 1991.
During his time at Cal, the freshmen 8 won the Pac 10 Conference Championship in 1994,95,96,98,99, and 2000.

The frosh entered the IRA National Championship regatta five times, garnering gold in 1998 and 2000 and silver in 1996 and 1999. "We were very fortunate to have good athletes. Those men are responsible for our success and their commitment enabled me to get this job", stated Amerkhanian.

Throughout his professional career, Amerkhanian has developed working/learning relationships with unique and renowned athletes and administrators. Following graduation, Amerkhanian worked in the front office for the Oakland Athletics Baseball Company. Under former President Roy Eisenhardt, the building blocks of what has become one of professional sports finest franchises were established. Eisenhardt hired Amerkhanian to participate in managerial selections, amateur drafts, scouting, and community outreach. This complete experience allowed Amerkhanian to work with many outstanding individuals that were committed to athletic success. At Cal, former Olympic coxswain Mark Zembsch hired Amerkhanian to coach. Over the past nine years he had the honor of coaching four 2000 Olympians and many committed athletes. Each team member and athletic experience has contributed to Amerkhanian’s coaching style and method.

As an athlete, Amerkhanian began rowing at Orange Coast College (he also played tight end on the football team). At OCC he rowed in the Head of the Charles and the Henley Royal Regatta (Orange Coast reached the semifinals of the Ladies Plate). Recruited by Cal, Amerkhanian majored in History while rowing for Steve Gladstone. In 1979, Cal won the Pac 10 Championship, ending a 15 year drought. The post season again ended in Henley (semifinals of the Grand Challenge Cup). After an undefeated dual racing season in 1980, Amerkhanian was named to the All Conference team.

A 1980 California graduate (B.A. History), Amerkhanian was also drafted as a left-handed pitcher by the Oakland A’s. Devoted to the teaching profession, Amerkhanian received a master’s degree in Education. He has subsequently taught in the San Ramon and Oakland School Districts, while coaching at Cal. Amerkhanian is the proud father of three boys, John (10), Peter (7), and Nicolas (2). He and his wife Michelle reside in Albany.

Jon Allbin is in his first year of coaching at Stanford. As a lifelong Bay Area resident, he attended Saint Ignatius College Preparatory and played on the varsity football and track teams. In his senior year, he was introduced to rowing by Head Coach and 1988 Olympian John Pescatore, USRowing’s 2000 Coach of the Year. He participated in the eight that won the Southwest Regional Junior Championship and took fourth place at the Stotesbury Youth Cup in Philadelphia.

Jon’s collegiate experience came at the University of California, where he rowed for Craig Amerkhanian and Steve Gladstone. His collegiate experience as a rower included: gold, silver, and bronze medals at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships, three gold medals at the Pac-10 Conference Championships, two gold medals at the San Diego Crew Classic, an undefeated 1999 collegiate racing season and a trip to the finals of the Ladie’s Plate at Henley on Thames. Jon was a two-year captain for the 1998 and 1999 Cal crews. His teammates chose him as the 1999 recipient of the Dean Witter award. The award is given annually to the oarsmen who best exemplifies loyalty, proficiency and spirit.

"Jon brings leadership, enthusiasm, and a commitment to daily growth that will affect and energize Stanford Crew." notes coach Craig Amerkhanian. Jon believes that the lessons he learned while rowing for his previous coaches can be utilized in the construction of Stanford Crew. Jon is single and resides in Oakland.