Former Badger Beau Hoopman joined the UW coaching staff for the 2011-12 season after spending one year as a volunteer coach for the men's rowing program.
Inducted into the National Rowing Hall of Fame in March 2010, Hoopman spent four years on the Wisconsin rowing team from 1999-2003 and nine years on the U.S. National Team from 2001-2009, where he won two Olympic medals.
Before coming to Wisconsin as a walk-on freshman in 1999, Hoopman played golf at Plymouth High School (Wis.) and had little experience in rowing.
During his collegiate career, Hoopman was named captain and led the Badgers to the 2002 Eastern Sprints varsity eight title, Wisconsin's first since 1946. He also helped UW win its fourth consecutive Ten Eyck Trophy as team champion at the 2002 Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championships.
After graduating from UW-Madison with a degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation in 2003, Hoopman participated in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics. He was a member of the men's eight boat that won the gold medal and set a world record in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. He was the first UW rower to win gold. Hoopman was a bronze medalist in men's eight at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.
A nine-year member of the U.S. National Team, Hoopman began in 2001 on the under-23 team before moving up to the senior squad in 2003. In addition to his two Olympic trips, Hoopman won multiple medals in national and international events.