Men’s Head Coach
Scott Frandsen, a 2002 graduate of the Haas School of Business and three-time national champion as a student-athlete at Cal, is head coach of the Cal men's rowing team.
A three-time Olympian, Frandsen joined Cal’s coaching staff as an assistant to Mike Teti in 2012, helping the Bears to a record of excellence both on the water and in the classroom. Cal has finished in the top five in both the varsity eight and junior varsity eights at the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) championships in every season under Frandsen’s tenure, and won the Varsity Challenge Cup in 2016. The Bears also claimed the Pac-12 Championship in 2016 and have had success at the Henley Royal Regatta, winning the Ladies’ Plate in 2014 and the Visitors’ Cup in 2015.
A native of Kelowna, British Columbia, Frandsen is one of the most decorated oarsman in Cal rowing history. Frandsen helped Cal’s varsity eight to three consecutive IRA championships from 2000-02, including a pair of undefeated seasons in 2000 and 2001. The Golden Bear captain also guided Cal to the three straight Pac-10 titles in the men's eight and was honored as a first-team All-Pac-10 selection as a senior.
A two-time Pac-10 All-Academic honoree, Frandsen graduated from the Haas School of Business in 2002 with a degree in business administration and went on to complete a master’s degree in Psychological Research at Oxford University. While at Oxford, Frandsen competed in the Blue Boat in that won the tightly contested 2003 Oxford/Cambridge Boat Race and served as a volunteer coach for the University College eights.
Frandsen then put together a decorated career on the international stage, racing in three Olympics and five World Championships. After helping Canada to a fifth-place finish in the eight at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Frandsen won silver in the pair at the 2008 games in Beijing, Canada’s first medal in the event in over 40 years. Frandsen raced in the pair again in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, charting a sixth-place finish. A two-time Canadian champion in the pair, Frandsen claimed seven medals at World Cup regattas, including three golds in the eight and a gold in the pair.
Frandsen and his wife, Tannis, live in Berkeley and have one son, Owen, and daughter, Amelia.