Desmond Stahl | Head Coach
Desmond Stahl re-took the reins of the Davis program in fall 2016, having previously coached with the team from 2001-2008. In his first stint with the Aggies, he led the team to 6 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) gold medals and a gold medal in the 2nd Varsity 8 at the inaugural American Collegiate Rowing Association (ACRA) championships (club nationals) in 2008. In 8 seasons at UC Santa Barbara (2008-2016), he built the program to a regional and national power. The Gauchos earned two Cal Cup wins at the San Diego Crew Classic, numerous medals at WIRA, and the 3rd most medals of any program in the history of ACRA up to that point. His programs have won the WIRA team championship 6 times, and have finished as high as 2nd as a team at ACRA. In three years back at UC Davis prior to the Covid shutdown, Desmond moved the Aggies into the top 12 programs at ACRA.
Desmond has been named WIRA coach of the year twice, ACRA West region coach of the year three times, and ACRA national coach of the year in 2016. He served as President of ACRA for four years (2013-2017), leading the organization and helping run the championship regatta for over 1500 athletes yearly. Three of his athletes have gone on to represent the United States internationally, and they along with innumerable others have taken lifelong memories and friendships with them from their years of collegiate rowing.
Desmond is a Sacramento native, and attended Santa Clara University, graduating with a degree in Computer Engineering. He subsequently earned a masters degree in Kinesiology from Sacramento State.