Coach Sean Hall, who is a Level 3 certified coach and has been in the sport of rowing for nearly 40 years, beginning his coaching career in earnest in 2001 immediately following his 3rd Olympiad as an oarsman. From 2001 – 2004, he coached alongside Igor Grinko at the Augusta Training Center, which was started by Grinko immediately following his departure from USRowing as Head Sculling Coach. In this role, Sean formed the trials-winning LM4x which finished 4th in the 2004 World Championships in Banyoles, ESP. In 2005 Sean followed in his mentor’s footsteps and took a position coaching in China (Fu Jian province) as Head Women’s Coach, bringing the team its first-ever medal in the W8+ at the Chinese National Games, a result which earned him and invitation to return 3 years later.
Following the 2009 National Games, Sean moved to Hong Kong to work with the HK National Team, and then on to the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC), where he was the only coach in Hong Kong history to bridge the divide between club, university, and national teams with his University Elite Program. In this program, Hong Kong university athletes got their first-ever opportunity to race in the West (San Diego Crew Classic), and under the banner of the RHKYC. Several of these athletes then went on to qualify for the HK National Team.
After a brief stint in Taiwan in late 2014 to early 2015, Sean returned to the US and took on the position of Head/High Performance Coach at Penn AC. At the time, Penn AC had only 6 athletes and had not seen a Trials victory since 2006, but by the end of 2016, Penn AC athletes had won Henley, Canadian Henley, US Nationals, Head of the Charles, Head of the Schuylkill, and the Fall Speed Order. 2017 (and every year since) saw PAC athletes winning World Championships trials for the first time in over a decade. From 2017 – 2021, PAC athletes competed in 3 World Championships (M4x, M2x, LW4x, and LW2-), 4 World Cups (M4x, M2x), Amsterdam, and Henley. Sean is a 3-time Olympian and 5-National Team athlete, in both sculling and sweep. He began his rowing career at W-L H.S. under the tutelage of Charlie Butt Sr., and is a graduate of Rutgers University where he rowed with fellow Olympians Bob Kaehler (’92, ’96, 2000), Jeff Klepacki (’92, ’96, 2000), and Jim Neil (’92,’96).