Robert "Bob" Moch

Washington's Assistant Crew Coach 1937-1939

MIT's Crew Coach 1939-1944

Robert "Bob" Moch was the coxswain of the 1936 gold medal winning Olympic crew.  He was promoted to varsity coxswain shortly before the Poughkeepsie Regatta; he was coxswain of the Junior Varsity crew for most of his junior year.

After graduation, he coached the freshman and lightweights with Walter "Bud" Raney, assistants to head Washington coach Alvin "Al" Ulbrickson from 1937 to 1939.  He was then hired as head coach at MIT, where he remained until 1944.

He earned a law degree from Harvard University and retired from coaching to practice law.  He eventually argued and won a case in front of the United States Supreme Court.  He continued to practice law until his retirement in 2000.

He was inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame in 1971 as part of the 1936 Washington crew and inducted into the Washington Rowing Hall of Fame in 1980.  He continued to be involved with Washington rowing for the rest of his life.

He passed away on January 20, 2005.

Sources about Moch:

Men's Crew History 1930-1939, University of Washington

The Boys in the Boat by Dan Brown

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