HELEN BETANCOURT GOODROAD

Helen has eleven years of coaching experience at the Division I level. She served in both the head and assistant coaching positions at The George Washington University before making the move to Princeton University where she spent the past seven years.  In 2006, her first season with the Tigers, Goodroad’s crew went undefeated and the varsity eight won the NCAA Championships. Goodroad’s primary role with Princeton was recruiting and coaching the NCAA fours event. Through aggressive recruiting Goodroad helped to build the team’s depth. The result was two Ivy League team titles and team bids to the NCAA Championships seven years in a row.  In 2012 Princeton placed all of their boats in the grand final, only two other crews in the country accomplished this.

Before she began her coaching career, Goodroad made her mark in Ivy League rowing at Brown University. She was team captain and named one of Brown’s greatest athletes of the century. While at Brown her crews won two Ivy Titles and a National Championship. In addition to success at the collegiate level, Goodroad won the U23 World Championships, competed in four World Championships and made the 2000 Olympic Team as an alternate.

Throughout her rowing and coaching career Goodroad has built an extensive network of collegiate and high school coaches.  She has recruited athletes who have gone on to win medals at the Olympic games and at the U23 World Championships. She has an eye for talent and puts student athletes in the best position to succeed at the collegiate level.