Judah Rome, a 1999 graduate of Wesleyan University, is entering his seventh season as part of the Brown men's crew staff as an assistant coach to Paul Cooke.
Since coming to Brown Rome has helped lead the Bears to three Ivy League titles, two Eastern Sprints Championships, and one Ladies Plate Championship at the Henley Royal Regatta. Last season, Rome coached the Second Varsity and Third Varsity boats to the Gold Medal at Eastern Sprints, while the Second Varsity finished runner-up at the IRA Championship. In 2012, Rome coached the Third Varsity that won a Gold Medal at the Eastern Sprints and the Varsity 4+ that won a Bronze Medal at the IRA National Championship Regatta.
While pursuing a major in History and African-American Studies, Rome was a four-year member of the Wesleyan Crew team. He won the lightweight Most Valuable Player award in 1998, the Captains Oar in 1999, as well as a silver medal at the New England Championships in 1999.
Rome competed with the United States National Rowing Team and won a Bronze Medal at the 2003 Pan-Am games in the Dominican Republic. In 2001, he was a Royal Canadian Henley Champion in the lightweight men's doubles, and also won three gold medals at the 2001 US Rowing National Championships.
Rome began his coaching career at Lake Lanier Rowing Club in Gainesville, Ga., where he was the head coach of the junior team, and served as an assistant for the adult team. He also spent time coaching a competitive adult program at the Gentle Giant Rowing Club in Malden, Mass., and was the Head Crew Coach at Somerville High School.