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Coach Gluckman Steps Down

Last Updated: 08.Sep.2011

It is with heavy hearts that we at the Outdoor Center announce that Coach Larry Gluckman will be retiring, effective the end of October 2011.

Larry came aboard at the Center to help found and direct the Small Boat Training Center (SBTC), a program to bridge the gap from collegiate rowing to international competition. In three seasons as head coach, Larry selected and coached all the SBTC crews, landing eight of them on the United States’ U23 World Championship Squads - four in summer 2011. A bronze medal by Elizabeth and Rebecca Donald at the 2010 U23 Championships in Brest, Belarus, in the Women’s Open 2X was the first international podium for the program. Other notable performances were B finals for John Graves, ’10, in the LM1x, Ben Dann, ’11, in the M1x, and the M2- rowed by Hank Moore and Ben Johnson, ’10. Canadian Henley gold by Dann in the championship single and Peter and Tom Graves, ’10, in the senior double were very special as well.

During his tenure, SBTC and Gluckman also supported senior athletes. Depending on the season, senior athletes could be found cross-training during the winter, or fine-tuning preparation for trials and World Championships. Both of the men’s doubles on the 2011 Bled squad trained at Craftsbury during the last two seasons. The Czech Republic LW2x also trained on Hosmer for its trials and World Cup races.

Beyond elite athlete programming, Coach Gluckman also reinvigorated the Hosmer Community Sculling Program and started an adult fitness class popularly called “Gluck-Fit”. A new eight shell storage shed and a small boat trailer were built during his tenure. Larry was always ready when anything needed to be done—from parking cars at ski races to stacking firewood.

Larry will continue to live in the Northeast Kingdom, enjoying life on Shadow Lake and will be accepting short-term coaching opportunities. While many have been exceptionally gracious during his time at Craftsbury, Larry wished to pass along some specific thank-you’s as well.

He would like to thank Dick Dreissigacker and Judy Geer for bringing him to the Center and giving him the opportunity to lay the foundation for SBTC. He wishes to also thank the entire staff at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center for their encouragement, understanding and support as the program was building. Finally to all the SBTC athletes, alumni, and coaches Miloucheva, Howell and Schlenker:  “Thank You” for making his three seasons so memorable.

The Center is presently accepting applications for the position, either on a year round basis or as a summer position, depending on the applicant’s interests, availability, qualifications and enthusiasm for winter sports. Please find the job description here.

We wish Larry all the best in his retirement, and we hope he will come back to visit it often!

Coach Job Description