Head Coach Spotlight
Kevin Dooley joined the sailing staff at Coast Guard in 2014 and was promoted to Offshore Team Head Coach in 2017. He is a US Sailing Level 3 Certified Racing Coach and Level 1 Instructor Trainer.
Kevin leads a well-balanced roster of experienced recruits and talented walk-on's through a comprehensive year-round training and competition season. The team competes in the keelboat regattas of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association and races their own J/44, Melges 32, and J/70’s in numerous local and national level events.
Each summer Kevin facilitates the Academy’s Ocean Racing Program where a crew of Offshore Sailors are selected to campaign their J/44 though a demanding schedule of grand-prix one-design and offshore distance races up and down the east coast. Kevin also serves as a training instructor for safety officers participating with the Academy’s Coastal Sail Training Program.
Kevin plays a leading role in updating and maintaining the Offshore Team's fleet of race boats. He spearheaded the commissioning of CGA's institutional fleet of J70's. The boats are the first of their kind for intercollegiate racing and the workhorses of the training fleet.
Prior to working at Coast Guard Kevin coached for five seasons at Manchester Essex Regional High School where he led the team to a pair of State Championships. He worked at Oakcliff Sailing where he beta-tested their professional sailor development program, trained under veteran America's Cup and Volvo Ocean Race campaigners, and led elite level match racing, one-design and IRC race teams. As a youth program and clinic coach for well over a decade, many of Kevin's former students have progressed through top intercollegiate programs, several have earned All-American honors, and a few have even started their own professional sailing careers.