Rosenberg, Allen : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Rosenberg, Allen


Country Represented:
United States

Years Competed:
1964, 1976

Olympic Info:
Rosenberg was the head coach of the United States rowing team at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. At the Game, the U.S. won two gold medals (in the eights and pairs), a silver medal in double sculls, and a bronze in the four-without-cox. Rosenberg was quoted as saying, "Internally, you experience rowing as a graphic microcosm of life - solitude, learning, work, rest, nourishment, sharing and ultimately challenge."

Career Highlights:
Inducted into the Rowing Hall of Fame in 1984, Rosenberg's techniques, known as "The Rosenberg Style," are employed by the majority of current world class rowers. Prior to becoming a world class coach, Allen was a wrestler at Penn State although he graduated from Temple University's Pharmacy College. He then took up rowing at the Vesper Boat Club and won a gold and silver medal at the 1954 Pan American Games. He then proceeded to win a total of 4 U.S. and 3 Canadian national championships. Rosenberg competed at the 1958 and 1962 World Championships, winning a silver in the Eight-Oared Shell in 1958.

In 1961, Rosenberg both coached and competed in the Maccabiah Games, winning a gold as a rower and leading the U.S. team to three gold medals in all; he also coached at the 1965 Maccabiah Games, and the U.S. team captured three gold medals again. His coaching career was launched, and he became one of the best in the world. Allen was head coach of many U.S. Rowing teams from 1961-1976 and he led the U.S. to a gold medal at the 1974 World Championships in the Eights event. He was the first National Technical Director of American Rowing, and served as president of the Rowing Coaches of America. Rosenberg is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. Nov. 29, 1931

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, by Joseph Siegman (Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 2000)