John Bancheri

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Title: Head Coach of Men's and Women's Rowing Grand Valley State University Rowing Club

Office: 1110 Kirkhof Center

Phone: 616-331-2369



Coach Bancheri is a passionate leader who began his rowing career in 1973 at the Atlantic City High School and Viking Rowing Club. He serves as a mentor for aspiring coaches and in 2002 was selected as the Dad Vail Coach of the Year. Coach Bancheri holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Area Studies from the University of Charleston in 1983 and a Master’s degree in History from Marietta College in 2004. Coach Bancheri has built successful programs at Wichita State, the University of Charleston, and Marietta College. In 2005, Coach Bancheri was invited to be the Senior Heavyweight Men’s Head Coach at the Penn A.C. Rowing Club in Philadelphia. His crews have won five gold medals in the Men’s Frosh 8+, two gold medals and a Silver Medal in the Men’s JV 8+ and four bronzes in the Men’s Varsity 8+ at the Dad Vail. At the first ACRA National Championship in 2008, he led the men to a bronze medal in the Men’s Varsity 8+ and a gold medal in the Men’s Varsity Lightweight 4+. He led the entire team at Grand Valley to a second place finish at the Dad Vail and the teams point championship at ACRA. In 2009, the Women’s Varsity Eight won the Head of the Charles and the Men’s Varsity Eight placed third. At the 2010 San Diego Crew Classic, the Men’s Varsity Eight were the Cal Cup runners up and the Women’s Varsity Eight made it to the Grand Final of the Jessop-Whittier Cup. At the 2012 San Diego Crew Classic, the Men’s Varsity Eight Were Men Health Cal Cup Champions. This past year, for the fifth season in a row, GVSU won the ACRA Team Points National Championship. Coach Bancheri is US Rowing level III certified and Power Boating certified. Coach Bancheri lives in Allendale and has twin sons, John Patrick and Salvatore Vincenzo.

OUR MISSION: “Grand Valley Rowing challenges its student-athletes to reach the highest level to which they aspire both academically and athletically, while continuing to build and sustain a nationally competitive intercollegiate rowing program.”