Bryan Volpenhein
Personal information
Full nameBryan Daniel Volpenhein
Born (1976-08-18) August 18, 1976 (age 47)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Alma materOhio State University
OccupationRowing Coach
EmployerUniversity of Pennsylvania Men's Heavyweight Rowing Team
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg)
Medal record
Men's rowing
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2004 Athens Men's eight
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Men's eight
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1998 Cologne Men's eight
Gold medal – first place 1999 St. Catharine's Men's eight
Gold medal – first place 2005 Gifu Men's eight
Silver medal – second place 2003 Milan Men's eight
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Seville Men's eight
World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2001 Princeton Men's eight
Gold medal – first place 2002 Lucerne Men's eight
Gold medal – first place 2004 Lucerne Men's four

Bryan Volpenhein (born August 18, 1976), is an American rower. He is a three-time Olympian, having participated in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.

Originally from Cincinnati, Volpenhein graduated from Kings High School in Kings Mills, Ohio and attended Ohio State University, where he crewed for The Ohio State University Crew Club alongside coach John Gutrich; former Purdue lightweight rower, and coached by Tim Carrigg and Lou Renzulli. He graduated in 2002. Following the 2005 World Rowing Championships, he studied culinary arts at The Art Institute of Seattle.

Rowing career

Volpenhein is the only two-time winner (in 2002 and 2004) of the USRowing Male Athlete of the Year award. In addition, he and his team were named "'s U.S. Olympic Athlete of the Week" following their gold medal win in 2004.[1] Volpenhein won bronze in the men's eight at the 2008 Olympics.[2]

Volpenhein became the head coach of the University of Pennsylvania Men's Heavyweight Rowing Team in the 2019–2020 season.[3] Volpenhein was previously the Training and Technical Director at the University of San Diego Men's Rowing team[4] for the 2018–2019 season and the Junior Men's Varsity Head Coach at the San Diego Rowing Club in 2019.[5] In August 2022, Volpenhein resigned his position at the University of Pennsylvania,[6] so that his family could relocate to support his wife's move to head coach of Oklahoma University Women's Rowing team.[7]


  1. ^ Dure, Beau (September 6, 2005), Athletes of the Week pull together for world title, USA Today, retrieved August 9, 2008
  2. ^ Thiel, Art (August 17, 2008), U.S. men rally to win bronze in rowing, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, retrieved August 18, 2008
  3. ^ Penn Athletics [1] "Olympic Gold Medalist Bryan Volpenhein Named The Nicholas B. Paumgarten Head Coach Of Men’s Heavyweight Rowing"
  4. ^ USD Athletics [2] "Three-Time Olympian Bryan Volpenhein Joins Men’s Rowing Staff"
  5. ^ row2k Media [3] "Olympian Bryan Volpenhein Named New SDRC Junior Men's Varsity Coach"
  6. ^ "Bryan Volpenhein Resigns as Head Coach of Men's Heavyweight Rowing". University of Pennsylvania Athletics. Retrieved May 4, 2023.
  7. ^ "Sarah Trowbridge Named OU Head Rowing Coach". Big12 Sports. Retrieved May 4, 2023.