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John Huppi was named Head Coach of the Tulane rowing program in 2021-22. John Huppi is the second rowing head coach in Tulane history, replacing former head coach Bob Jaugstetter.
John is a distinguished member of Tulane University, having completed his bachelor and master degree in 2007-11 and 2013-14. John is currently the Assistant Director of Real Estate at the School of Architecture, and has served in this role since 2015.
Prior to Tulane Rowing, John served as the President and Head Coach of New Orleans Rowing Club. John led the club through a complete rebuild, including the club’s relocation to historic Bayou St. John, and starting the only junior rowing program in the State of Louisiana. Competitively, the club also returned to the racing scene. John’s crews have had success at various regattas including FISA World Rowing Masters Regatta, USRowing Masters National Championship, Head of the Charles, and Head of the Hooch.
John learned to row at Tulane attending the university’s expo for student activity. John served as the elected Men’s Captain from 2008-2011. Competitive highlights include competing in the Silver Goblets & Nickalls Challenge Cup (Elite 2-) and Britannia Challenge Cup (Club 4+) at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2009 and 2011, respectively.
After graduating, John continued rowing for Capital Rowing Club and Potomac Boat Clus in Washington, DC as part of their competitive sweep teams. In 2013, John returned to New Orleans where he began rowing with New Orleans Rowing Club.
In 2021, John qualified for the USRowing Senior National Team after winning the US Trials for the Coastal 4x. With the win, his crew earned the right to represent Team USA in Oeiras, Portugal at the FISA World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals and FISA World Rowing Coastal Championships.
John and his wife, Hannah, have one daughter, Hazel Huppi. Hannah is also a Tulane Rowing alum. The Huppi family resides in the Oak Park neighborhood in New Orleans.