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A proven professional rower with a decorated collegiate background, this will be the first season for Boban Rankovic as a part of the University of Miami rowing staff. He joins the Hurricanes after the spending the past four years as the head coach for the Miami Beach Rowing Club.
While completing his Master’s Degree in General Management at Dowling College, Rankovic served as head coach and Assistant Athletic Director at Dowling. As head coach for the Golden Lions, he helped to lead the first varsity four-person crew to a first place title at the 2003 Head of the Charles and 2004 Dad Vail Regatta. In addition to his coaching experience, Rankovic has competed on every level of the rowing ranks, including club and international.
Some of his club competition background includes 24 times being named as a national champion in single, double and four-person crew from 1995-2002. He has won over 100 gold medals in both local and national regattas. Rankovic is one of the most well-known and decorated competitors on the professional and club rowing circuit throughout the country.
Internationally, Rankovic finished in second place in the double scull in Scotland at the 1996 World Championships, as well as a similar second place finish in single scull competition at the 1997 World Championships in Belgium. He garnered a fourth place finish in single scull at the 1997 Bari Italy Mediterranean Games.
In 2000, he hoisted a first place trophy in the four-man crew at Copenhagen during the World U23 Championship. He would later add another first place title to his ever-growing collection in yet another four-man competition at Linz during the 2001 World U23 Championship.
Rankovic’s honors do not stop there, however, as he competed for Yugoslavia in the four-man crew without a coxswain during the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. In the process, the Yugoslavians finished in eighth place for the event.
He immigrated to the US from Serbia where he was member of the National Rowing Team and named Serbian Rower of the Year. He joined the crew program at Dowling College and after graduation became Head Women’s Rowing Coach and Assistant Athletic Director.
In collegiate competition, Rankovic earned numerous individual and team accolades for the Golden Lions. Among those awards, a first place finish in four-person crew in 1999 during the Dad Vail Regatta; second place in eight-person rowing in 2000 & ’01; first place in eight-person at the 2002 Dad Vail Regatta; and another first place finish in eight-person crew at the 1998-2002 New York State Championships. Add a fifth-place showing in eight-person crew at the 2001 Head of the Charles Tournament.
Rankovic was named as Serbian Rower of the Year in 1996-97, and later Athlete of the Year for 2001-02 at Dowling College. He was a four-year letterwinner and team captain for the Golden Lions from 1998-2002.