|Representing the United States|
|Silver||2003 Milan||Men's Eight|
|Gold||2004 Lucerne||Men's Four|
|Gold||2001 Princeton||Men's Eight|
|Pan American Games|
|Gold||2011 Guadalajara||Men's Eight|
Read was born and raised in the Ringoes section of East Amwell Township, New Jersey. He attended the Hun School of Princeton, where he took up rowing, continuing the sport at Temple University. As volunteer chief of the Amwell Valley - Ringoes Rescue Squad in Ringoes, he was among those who responded after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Read is a 13-time United States National Rowing team member. Since the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, he has worked to promote volunteerism, rowing and the Olympic movement throughout the United States. Jason became involved in rowing as the mascot for the Hun School’s rowing team in 1990 as a sixth grader and began coxing in eighth grade, the same year Jason began a distinguished volunteer career in emergency services. He is the only person from USRowing to be named “Man of the Year” twice, as he was recognized in 2001 following rescue operations at Ground Zero and again in 2004 after he and his teammates earned the Olympic gold medal in Athens.
In August 2011, Read was named as the Head Coach of Women's Rowing at Temple University by Athletic Director Bill Bradshaw.
He currently trains at USRowing's Princeton Training Center at Princeton University where he is also a Fellow of Butler College.
Awards and honors
- 2001: James E. Sullivan Award: Finalist
- 2001: Arete Lifetime Accomplishment in Sport
- 2001: USOC Rower of the Year
- 2001: USRowing Man of the Year
- 2004: USRowing Man of the Year
- 2005: New Jersey Governor's Award - Public Safety
- 2005: The Hun School of Princeton Athletic Hall of Fame
- 2005: New York Athletic Club Hall of Fame
- 2010: National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame
- 2011: Pan American Games Opening Ceremony Flag Bearer and Team Captain
- 2012: James E. Sullivan Award: Finalist
- "Area pair are rowing alternates", The Times (Trenton), June 28, 2008.
- Lieber, Jill. "Read emerges from nightmare with stronger faith, will", USA Today, July 21, 2004. Accessed June 12, 2007. "He became passionate about rowing when he was just a scrawny, metal-mouthed eighth-grader at The Hun School in Princeton, N.J., battling his way to the 2004 Olympic eight despite always being seen as too small in such a powerful sport."