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Chase Graham
Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Director
Coach Info:
Position: Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Director
Alma Mater: Marietta College '07
Phone: (919) 681-8454

Chase Graham joined the staff in August of 2015 and serves as the associate head coach. Graham served as a an assistant coach with the Blue Devils for his first two seasons before being promoted to associate head coach in June of 2017.

Graham joined Duke after four years as the head junior girls coach at Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, Conn. He has been involved in the sport for 18 years. 

The 2016-17 campaign had Graham oversee the V4 and 2V4 boats with the 2V4 being named the ACC Crew of the Week on March 28. His two units captured their Carolina Cup season-opening races and then headed to the Longhorn Invite with the 2V4 winning the A Final with a time of 7:19.749. The 2V4 defeated Texas (7:21.428), Notre Dame (7:23.312) and Iowa (7:34.261) to earn ACC Crew of the Week accolades.

Both boats also brought home titles at the Dale England Cup with the V4 finishing in 7:45.7 and the 2V4 in 8:01.3. Graham then led both crews to the ACC Championship Grand Final with the V4 earning a third-place showing and the 2V4 claiming fourth. 

The Blue Devils were ranked within the top 20 for the entire season and pushed their streak to 13 consecutive weeks being a nationally ranked program, the longest run in Duke history.

During his first season in Durham, in 2015-16, Graham helped the Blue Devils earn a place in their first NCAA Championships, as well as finish second at the ACC Championship. For his efforts, he was part of the Duke coaching staff that received Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) National and Region 3 Staff of the Year accolades.

Graham was the leading force of the V4, as it captured the C Final at the NCAA Championships and took second at the ACC Championship Grand Final. The boat tallied the Blue Devils’ lone win at the Pac-12 Challenge as it downed UCLA with a time of 7:21.5. The crew turned in a standout performance at the Dale England Cup with two victories.

At the ACC Championship Grand Final, Graham’s V4 set the tone for the day with a second-place finish, edging past Syracuse 7:20.113-7:20.740. The Blue Devils were seeded third entering the competition.

His V4 was then one place away from earning a spot in the A/B semifinals at the NCAA Championships, but captured the C Final again, finishing just ahead of Syracuse. The Blue Devils trailed through the first 500 meters, 1:48.453-1:49.993, but came on strong in the final 1,500 meters, outpacing the Orange for a 7:22.311-7:25.635 victory.

His role with the V4 allowed Duke to be ranked 16th by the CRCA in the final poll. The Blue Devils appeared in the ledger five times, tied for the most in a year in program history.

With Saugatuck, Graham helped the 2015 V8 and varsity lightweight 8 to the Youth National Championship. His V8 went undefeated and took first place at the Head of the Charles, San Diego Crew Classic, Youth National Championship and Club National Championship. 

A year earlier, in 2014, his varsity lightweight 8 claimed second place at the Youth National Championship while his 4+ was the Club National Champion.

Graham began rowing at Parkersburg South High School in West Virginia, where he competed for Midwest and scholastic national championships. After high school Graham went on to row at Marietta College from 2003-07. He was the team’s Most Improved Oarsman recipient in 2004.  

He rowed with the V8 for three years and helped lead the team to a Varsity 8 Dad Vail Championship in 2006. Graham earned a bachelor’s degree in management and minor in sport management in 2007. 

While pursuing a master’s in education, Graham continued training in the men’s pair and won a Club National Championship as well as claiming a third place finish at the Canadian Henley Regatta. During his time training and completing his education he served as a women’s graduate assistant coach at Marietta College for two years. During that time, he helped lead his squad to a Mid Atlantic Division III Championship while also playing an important role in recruiting.

In 2009, Graham began coaching the women’s rowing program at Fairfield University. During his first year at Fairfield, he led his squad to the program’s first Dad Vail Championship. 

Graham was named the Saugatuck girls head coach in 2010. His crews have consistently earned medals at regattas such as Head of the Charles, Northeast Regional Championships and the Youth National Championships. 

In 2013, Graham coached the women’s single at the Junior World Rowing Championships in Trakai, Lithuania.