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John Gartin

Former Nova Southeastern University head coach John Gartin was named an assistant coach of the University of Oklahoma rowing program on June 13, 2011. Gartin spent eight seasons as the Sharks' head coach prior to coming to Norman.

"John's credentials are impressive and I am thrilled to have someone of his caliber join our staff,” Oklahoma head coach Leeanne Crain said. “He has had proven success at the regional and national levels and will bring a great deal of experience to our program."

Gartin led the Sharks to the 2009 NCAA Division II national championship in the varsity four and his teams made seven NCAA Championship appearances, including 2011 and six straight years from 2004-09. His squads won four Sunshine State Conference team championships from 2007-09 and again in 2011.

Gartin’s teams won two Florida Intercollegiate Rowing Association team championships in 2009 and 2011 and won three FIRA varsity eight championships (2007, 2009, 2011). His teams also won the Dad Vail varsity four Division II/III championship in 2010 and the lightweight varsity four in 2006. The varsity eight also won the DII/DIII championship at the 2005 Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association meet.

In eight seasons at the helm, his varsity eight posted a 329-92 regular season record and 128 boats finished first in their respective events. He coached eight Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association All-Americans and 35 All-Sunshine State Conference rowers. Two of his student-athletes were named SSC Rower of the Year and the varsity eight earned SSC Boat of the Year on three occasions. Eleven NSU student-athletes were recognized by the CRCA as national scholar-athletes.

In addition to the national honors, several rowers earned numerous honors from Nova Southeastern including scholar athlete of the year and student life achievement awards.

Gartin is a two-time SSC Rowing Coach of the Year and served as the chair of the NCAA Division II rowing committee from September 2009 until his departure from NSU. He also served as the chair of the NCAA Division II south regional advisory committee. Gartin was a coach’s representative to the SIRA and a member of the CRCA Division II awards committee. He is a former vice-president of FIRA.

Prior to his time at NSU, Gartin was the head master women’s coach at the San Diego Rowing Club and a rowing instructor at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center in San Diego. He was a volunteer assistant coach at San Diego State and began his coaching career as the head master men’s and women’s coach at the Mission Bay Rowing Association in San Diego.

Gartin has taught geography at several universities as an adjunct faculty member. He received his bachelor of science degree in geography from Old Dominion University and his master’s in geography from the University of South Carolina.

 
 Collegiate Coaching Experience
 2011-present, Assistant Coach, University of Oklahoma
 2003-2011, Head Coach, Nova Southeastern
 1999-2001, Volunteer Rowing Coach, San Digeo State

 Coaching Accomplishments
• 2009 NCAA Championship: Varsity 4+
• 7 NCAA Championship appearances: 2004 – 2009, 2011
• 8 CRCA Pocock All-Americans
• 35 All-Sunshine State Conference Rowers
• Two SSC Rowers Of The Year
• SSC Boat of the Year: Varsity 8+ 2007, 2008 and 2011
• 11 CRCA National Scholar Athletes
• SSC Coach of the Year, 2008 & 2011
 
 Education
South Carolina 
M.A. Geography, May 1999
Old Dominion
B.S. Geography, August 1994

Gartin is a two-time SSC Rowing Coach of the Year and served as the chair of the NCAA Division II rowing committee from September 2009 until his departure from NSU. He also served as the chair of the NCAA Division II south regional advisory committee. Gartin was a coach’s representative to the SIRA and a member of the CRCA Division II awards committee. He is a former vice-president of FIRA.

Prior to his time at NSU, Gartin was the head master women’s coach at the San Diego Rowing Club and a rowing instructor at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center in San Diego. He was a volunteer assistant coach at San Diego State and began his coaching career as the head master men’s and women’s coach at the Mission Bay Rowing Association in San Diego.

Gartin has taught geography at several universities as an adjunct faculty member. He received his bachelor of science degree in geography from Old Dominion University and his master’s in geography from the University of South Carolina.