Ken Dreyfuss has had a distinguished rowing career as both competitor and coach at the collegiate, national and international levels. As an athlete, he captained and coxed the University of Pennsylvania’s Heavyweight crew that broke Harvard’s six year undefeated streak in 1969 and took three consecutive team championships at the
Intercollegiate National Championships (IRAs).
Internationally, Dreyfuss was a coxswain at the 1974-75 World Rowing Championships, the 1976 Montreal Olympics, and the 1975 Pan-American Games where his boat won a gold medal.
Dreyfuss’ coaching career began at Chestnut Hill Academy where his teams won the Philadelphia City and Stotesbury Championships. His next coaching move took him to the US Naval Academy’s Plebe Heavyweights where his crew garnered the 1982 Eastern Sprints title while the entire Navy team won overall supremacy honors at the IRA in 1982, 1983 and 1984. His next move was to Stanford University’s Men’s Varsity Heavyweight team where he was named 1986 PAC 10 Coach of the Year while his Varsity men defeated the University of California six times and the University of Washington three times, ending a seventeen year drought against both.
In 1993, Dreyfuss founded Potomac Boat Club’s Elite Sculling Program, which in the following decade placed more athletes on the United States National Rowing Team than any other U.S. program. He coached five US National Teams; assisted at the World Championships with the US Women’s quad in 1999, then guided the Men’s Lightweight Quads in 2003, 2005 and the Men’s Lightweight single of 2011 in Milan, Italy. His 1995 Lightweight men’s double won the gold medal at the Pan American Games.
He was head coach of the USA Maccabiah Rowing Team in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1989. In 2007, he was inducted into the Greater Washington Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Dreyfuss is currently the Associate Coach for the Winston Churchill High School Crew in Potomac, Maryland.