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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 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.

Graham was a pivotal part of Duke’s record-breaking season in 2019, coaching the second varsity eight boat. The Blue Devils swept the field in all five races at the Carolina Cup, winning the regatta for the third consecutive season. With a field of 15 schools at the Cooper Sprints, the 2V8 boat placed first with a time of 6:39.06, outracing SMU, Rutgers, Oklahoma, Clemson and Bucknell. Of the 12 CRCA/USRowing polls throughout the year, the Blue Devils ranked in a program-best 10 of them, including eight straight (April 10 – June 10).

At the Big Ten/ACC Dual, Duke outraced nationally ranked opponents No. 7 Ohio State and No. 17 Syracuse in the 2V8 morning session, finishing four seconds faster than the Buckeyes. The Blue Devils placed second in the afternoon race behind No. 6 Michigan and ahead of No. 17 Syracuse. At the Lake Wheeler Invitational, Duke won four of five events, totaling 99 points and earning first-place.

The Blue Devils finished the 2019 ACC Championship with the most team points in school history (90), one gold medal in the V4 boat and four silver medals. The 2V8 clocked a time of 6:44.177, earning silver for the first time since 2016. The Blue Devils earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships for the second time in program history and tied for second in the C Final at the NCAA Championships.

In 2017-18, Chase oversaw the 2V8 boat, which helped Duke win a second-straight Carolina Cup. At the Big Ten/ACC Dual in Columbus, Ohio, the 2V8 crew took first in the morning session ahead of Michigan State and San Diego with a time of 6:50.5, while finishing second in the afternoon session against Ohio State. (7:23.45). At the ACC Championship, the 2V8 finished fourth in the Grand Final, clocking a time of 6:37.910.

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, 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 victjory.

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.