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Photos Courtesy of Rob Migliaccio


Barry Family Director of Sailing, Head Sailing Coach: John Mollicone
John MolliconeJohn Mollicone, Boston University '98, has been the Head Coach of Coed and Women's Sailing at Brown since 1999. John was an All-American Skipper at BU in 1998, leading his team to the New England Dinghy Championship and finishing 3rd at the Collegiate National Dinghy Championship. John's coaching resume at Brown University includes:

-2020 Sail1Design/Sailing Anarchy Coach of the Year
-2019 College Sailing/Sperry Women's National Champions
-2019 College Sailing/Quantum Sails Women's Sailor of the Year
-82 sailors named to the College Sailing All-American Team
-85 sailors named to the College Sailing All-Academic Team
-118 sailors named to the All-New England Team
-67 College Sailing National Championship appearances since 1999
-Top five overall finishes at 30 College Sailing National Championships
-Winners of 16 New England Championships
-Winners of eight Atlantic Coast Championships and Fall Showcases

In 2010, John was awarded the U.S. Sailing National Sportsmanship Award for the Van Alan Clark Trophy and won the J-24 World Championship in Malmo, Sweden. He was a member of the 2011 U.S. Sailing Team, winning a Silver medal in J-24's at the 2011 Pan-American Games in Puerto Vallarta, MX. John was named a U.S. Sailing Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Finalist in 2012 after winning the J-24 North American and National Championships, and finishing second at the 96-boat J/24 World Championship. In 2013 John won the J-24 World Championship for a second time in Howth, Ireland, along with the J-24 Midwinter, J-70 Midwinter, and J-24 North American Championships. In 2014, John won the J-70 and J-24 Midwinter Championships, the J-70 North American Championship, finished second at the J/24 U.S. National Championship, and third at the 70-boat J/24 World Championship in Newport, RI. John finished third at 2015 J/70 World Championship in La Rochelle, France and 3rd at the 2015 J/24 North American Championship. In 2017, John was the winning tactician in the 42-boat J/70 Class at Quantum Key West Race Week and in the NYYC/Swan 42 Nationals. In 2018, John finished 3rd at the J/24 North American Championship, and finished 2nd out of 57 J/70s at the Marbelehead NOOD Regatta and 1st out of 47 J/70s at the Ted Hood Regatta as tactician. John recently finished 2nd at the 2020 J/24 Midwinter Championship in Melbourne, FL in February.

John currently lives in Cranston, RI with is wife Holly and daughter Ava where he actively races everything from dinghies to keelboats.

Assistant Coach: Dan Rabin
Dan RabinDanny Rabin has been coaching the Brown team at weekend regattas since 2002. He was the Assistant Coach at Washington College from 2000-2002. He also races J22's, J24's, V15's, Interclubs and Lightnings. Danny won the Lightning North American Championship in 2007 and the J-24 World Championship in 2010, 2013, and 2014. He was a member of the 2011 U.S. Sailing Team, winning a Silver medal in J-24's at the 2011 Pan-American Games in Puerto Vallarta, MX.

Danny holds a B.S. in Engineering from Boston University and was an All-American Crew while sailing for the Terriers. He also has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Danny currently lives in Peabody, MA with his wife Julia.



Assistant Coach: Michael Zonnenberg
Michael Zonnenberg (UVM ’15) is Brown Sailing's third full-time assistant coach in program history and began in the fall of 2018 with the Bears. A 2015 graduate from the University of Vermont, Michael was named a Second-Team All-New England Skipper and was the winner of the New England Senior Award in 2015. Having him at practice on a daily basis and coaching every weekend has been instrumental for the team’s development as well. Michael has been a coach on the youth circuit and an active racer since college and lives in Bristol, RI.

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