Craftsbury Sculling Center coaches include Olympians and former World Champions, as well as coaches of some of the most competitive universities, schools, and clubs from around the world. Heading up the CSC staff are these distinguished coaches:
Troy Howell, Managing Director
Having coached in the sculling program for several seasons, Troy Howell joined the staff at the center on a full-time basis as our fleet manager in the spring of 2009. Troy began rowing in 1987 at the University of Virginia and has spent the majority of his waking hours since then either on the water or wishing that he were. He has coached crews of all ...
Troy Howell, Managing Director
Having coached in the sculling program for several seasons, Troy Howell joined the staff at the center on a full-time basis as our fleet manager in the spring of 2009. Troy began rowing in 1987 at the University of Virginia and has spent the majority of his waking hours since then either on the water or wishing that he were. He has coached crews of all ages and abilities at the Rivanna Rowing Club, Wichita State University, the Duluth Rowing Club, the Episcopal School of Dallas, and the Savannah Country Day School, and is still an active competitor, mostly in singles and doubles. He believes that one of sculling's chief merits is that it frequently makes real athletes of people who never knew they were athletes before they found sculling.
Carol Bower, Associate Director
Carol Bower took up rowing during her junior year at UCLA, where she majored in Fine Arts. Soon after graduation in 1979, Carol was invited to Princeton NJ to try out for the US National Rowing Squad. She earned a seat in the 8+ which won a bronze medal in the World Championships in Bled, Yugoslavia. The following year, she was a member the United States ...
Carol Bower, Associate Director
Carol Bower took up rowing during her junior year at UCLA, where she majored in Fine Arts. Soon after graduation in 1979, Carol was invited to Princeton NJ to try out for the US National Rowing Squad. She earned a seat in the 8+ which won a bronze medal in the World Championships in Bled, Yugoslavia. The following year, she was a member the United States Olympic Team, but was unable to participate in the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow due to the national boycott. For the next three years, she was a silver medalist in the World Championships. In 1982, Carol was given the honor of "Female Athlete of the Year" by the US Olympic Rowing Committee. Bower capped her successful international rowing career at the 1984 Summer Olympics, where she won the gold medal in the Women's Eight. In the 1988 Summer Olympics, she coached the Women's Four. Bower was named to the Rowing Hall of Fame in 1984 and again in 1991.
Bower started her collegiate coaching career in 1980 at Yale University as the Women's Novice Coach. She then went on to become the Head Coach of the University of Pennsylvania's Women's Rowing program from 1987 to 1996. In addition to her collegiate coaching experience, she worked with a group of fellow Olympians in a team-building and leadership-training company Team Concepts, Inc. Presently, as Head Coach and Senior Lecturer at Bryn Mawr College, Carol is in charge of scholar-athlete development, recruitment, and the general management and promotion of the rowing program.
Kevin MacDermott, Associate Director
Kevin joined the Craftsbury coaching staff in 2002, began serving as a head coach in 2005 and was named Sr. Associate Director in 2009. Outside of Craftsbury, Kevin is the Head Coach of Men's Rowing at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. During his three years at the helm, the program has won three Men's Team Titles at the New England Rowing Championships and two ECAC Men's ...
Kevin MacDermott, Associate Director
Kevin joined the Craftsbury coaching staff in 2002, began serving as a head coach in 2005 and was named Sr. Associate Director in 2009. Outside of Craftsbury, Kevin is the Head Coach of Men's Rowing at Trinity College in Hartford, CT. During his three years at the helm, the program has won three Men's Team Titles at the New England Rowing Championships and two ECAC Men's team championships. In 2010-11, Kevin was the Head Coach for the United States Junior National Team, leading the men's team to the Junior World Championships in Eton, UK. Prior to his appointment as Head Coach at Trinity, he served as the program's Assistant Coach, working with first-year oarsmen and coordinating recruiting. Kevin cut his teeth in collegiate coaching as the Assistant Coach for Men's Crew at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, his alma mater. Kevin has coached high school and masters rowers in Hartford and Middletown and since 2010 has served as the ergometer coach for two local CrossFit affiliates. Kevin learned to scull at The Haverford School, before going on to row for Northfield Mount Hermon, and as an undergraduate at Wesleyan.
Ric Ricci, Associate Director
Ric has coached rowing for 36 years, including 27 at Craftsbury. He rowed at Trinity College in Connecticut, winning the 2- IRA National Championship in 1972 and '73. In '72 he competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials and the '71 and '73 Henley Royal Regatta. Ric is currently the men's coach at Connecticut College. He coached at Yale and the Blood Street Sculls RC in Old ...
Ric Ricci, Associate Director
Ric has coached rowing for 36 years, including 27 at Craftsbury. He rowed at Trinity College in Connecticut, winning the 2- IRA National Championship in 1972 and '73. In '72 he competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials and the '71 and '73 Henley Royal Regatta. Ric is currently the men's coach at Connecticut College. He coached at Yale and the Blood Street Sculls RC in Old Lyme, Connecticut, was the head women's coach at Rutgers from '86-88, and coached the silver medal-winning pair at the '91 Pan American Games. Ric remains an active competitor in single scull racing.
Noel Wanner, Associate Director
Noel learned to row at Wesleyan University and was a member of the U.S. National Team in 1992 and 1993 as a lightweight. He has coached at the college, club, and high school levels. Over the course of his rowing career, he has won national championships in the senior, elite, and master's categories. He is currently the head coach at Middlebury College. ...
Noel Wanner, Associate Director
Noel learned to row at Wesleyan University and was a member of the U.S. National Team in 1992 and 1993 as a lightweight. He has coached at the college, club, and high school levels. Over the course of his rowing career, he has won national championships in the senior, elite, and master's categories. He is currently the head coach at Middlebury College.
Dan Roock, Director of Competitive Sculling
Coach Roock has been coaching for almost thirty years. His career started at Florida Institute of Technology, before extended involvement with Princeton University, including six years at the helm of the women's rowing program where the Tiger 1V went 59-2 in dual races with multiple EAWRC and National Championships. He spent the next 12 years at Cornell as Director of Rowing and Men's head coach, during ...
Dan Roock, Director of Competitive Sculling
Coach Roock has been coaching for almost thirty years. His career started at Florida Institute of Technology, before extended involvement with Princeton University, including six years at the helm of the women's rowing program where the Tiger 1V went 59-2 in dual races with multiple EAWRC and National Championships. He spent the next 12 years at Cornell as Director of Rowing and Men's head coach, during which time the Big Red's men's 1V was a mainstay of the national top ten. Most Recently, Dan led the lightweight men of Dartmouth, with the LM1V medaling at the EARC and IRA's, spring 2011.
Dan has extensively experience in variety of USRA National Team postings at the Junior, U23, and Senior levels, including winning gold and bronze medals with the Men's U-23 8+ (then Nation's Cup), and winning a gold and silver medal coaching Junior Men's 8+ crews with Todd Jesdale.
Craftsbury Sculling Center Coach List
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Josh Accomando, Nobles and Greenough
Josh is the Head Boys Coach at Nobles and Greenough where he also teaches in the English department. He has been rowing and sculling for the past 19 years, first learning to scull in private lessons, then rowing at Belmont Hill and for the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, and returning to sculling at the Cambridge Boat Club.
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Michele Africa, Humboldt Bay Rowing Association
Michele began rowing for Humboldt State In 1996. She continued on to medal in the single at Henley and US Nationals. She has coached at all levels of rowing from juniors, collegiate to masters. She has coached at Moss Bay, Gorge Rowing Center, Camosun College, Humboldt State and Humboldt Bay Rowing Association.
Lizzy Antonik, NYAC
Lizzy began her rowing career in 2002 at UMass-Amherst under the coaching of Jim Dietz. After graduating in 2004 she stayed on campus to be an assistant coach to Dietz instructing both the novice 8+'s and varsity 4+. While working at UMass she also assisted Dietz and Mark Wilson at the All-American Sculling Camps where she coached various levels of masters rowers in 1x's, 2x's and 4x's. In 2006 Lizzy moved to New York and joined the NYAC to pursue her own rowing goals. She has since won the National Championship and Canadian Henley in the 8+, 4x, and 2x, and has rowed at 6 National Team Selection Events. Since moving to NY she also has found time to coach some private sculling lessons.
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PJ Antonik, NYAC, National Champion
PJ began his rowing career at Hofstra University in 2001 on a small 8 person club team. After graduation he started racing for the NYAC and since then has won 5 club national championships in sculling and sweep. Through his career in New York he has appeared at 4 National team speed order events in the heavy 1x pulling a top ten finish in 2006. He has attended several National Team Selection Regattas in the past 4 springs advancing to the B final on several occasions in the 1x and 2x. In 2004 he was a member of the NYAC lightweight 8+ at the Head of the Charles Regatta which took first place. Since then he has raced the championship 1x event every year finishing in the top 5% in 2005, 2006 and 3.1% off the winning time in 2008. Throughout his career he has coached as a private sculling coach and masters sculling coach at the Greenwich Rowing Club, Pelham Community Rowing as well as coaching privately on his own. He has also assisted the All American Rowing camps with their programs during 3 winter training seasons in Florida.
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Kate Apfelbaum, Trinity College
Kate learned how to scull with her family in high school during the summer between running seasons. At Trinity College, she joined the Men's Rowing team as a coxswain. She coxed for four years at Trinity, coxing and sculling during the summers. In 2009, she competed with the NYAC elite women, finishing as the 3rd US crew at elite nationals and second at Canadian Henley. At Trinity, she drove an undefeated JV her junior year, and completed her senior year as the men's varsity coxswain and co-captain. This fall, she will be attending Oxford University.
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Toby Ayer, Salisbury School
Toby started rowing as a freshman at MIT, where he won the Division II/III national championships and the Head of the Charles Club 8. He then rowed for four years at Oxford University, winning the Boat Race in 2000 and the Fours Head in 1996 and 1999. He helped coach the varsity heavyweights at Harvard for two years and then was the head boys coach at Brookline High School for four years. After officially becoming a Masters rower he spent two summers with Penn AC, winning senior events at the Independence Day Regatta and Canadian Henley, and medaling at U.S. Elite National Championships and the Head of the Charles. Toby now teaches physics and coaches rowing at Salisbury School in Connecticut, where he bikes, sculls, and helps his five-year-old with the CII fish game.
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Stephen Baranoski, Wesleyan University
As an assistant coach at Wesleyan University for the past three years, Steve has worked with both the men's and women's teams. A 2011 graduate of Marietta College, Steve rowed for Chris Pucella and JP Sekulich. In the summer Steve is the head coach for the junior racing team at Blood Street Sculls.
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Sophia Light Barsalow, Yoga instructor
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Pamela Besteman, GMS
Pamela Besteman started in the sport of rowing as a coxswain for Grand Valley State University. She switched to rowing as a junior and earned a Dad Vail silver medal in the Women's light eight. Just out of college she began her coaching career at Michigan State University and has continued to coach at a number of clubs and varsity programs including Trinity College, Eastern Michigan University, University of Michigan, George Mason University, Grand Valley State University and the Ann Arbor Rowing Club. Currently she is working with the Trinity College Men's Rowing team as both a Rowing and Yoga Coach. Pamela trains and competes with the Masters Performance Team from the GMS Rowing Center. She resides with her husband, Brian Tryon in Glastonbury, CT.
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Charlie Biddle, Undine Barge Club/Craftsbury GRP Alumnus
Charlie rowed at the Shipley School and later at Bates College. While in college he began single sculling in the summer at Undine Barge Club. He cut his teeth coaching masters and high school students at Duxbury Bay Maritime School in 2006. He has been coaching high school and masters rowers at Bachelors Barge Club since 2007 and the Baldwin School since 2010. Formerly a member of the Green Racing Project, Charlie continues to train out of Undine Barge club as well as working with Tony Neczypor at Shell Repair USA.
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John Biglow, Cambridge Boat Club
John Biglow began rowing in 1972 on Lake Washington and was coached by Frank Cunningham at The Lakeside School. All together, he has rowed an 8+, 4+, 4-, 4X, 3X (adapted from a pair with coxswain), 2+, 2-, 2X, and a 1X. He rowed at Yale for Buzz Congram and Tony Johnson. John was fortunate to be part of Yale's varsity 8+ in 1978 and 1979, which won Eastern Sprints. He also had the good fortune to row with the national team in a 4+ coached by Pete Gardner, as well as 4X and 1X, both coached by Harry Parker.
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Alex Binkowski, White Rock Boathouse
Alex Binkowski began his rowing career at the Detroit Boat Club rowing for Wayne State University during the school year and the DBC during the Summer months. As a competitor Alex is a five time US Nationals medalist in Senior, Elite and Masters events, in both sculling and sweep, and both open and lightweight categories. Coaching became a way to give back to the sport and a natural extension of a teaching career that criss-crossed the United States. Alex has coached at Kansas State Univ., Topeka Rowing Assoc., Oak Ridge Rowing Assoc., Girls’ Preparatory School, US Women’s Junior National Team, St. Ignatius College Prep (SF), Indiana Univ., All American Rowing Camps, UMass-Amherst, London Youth Rowing, and White Rock Boathouse.
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Libby Boghossian, Choate Rosemary Hall
Libby is a 2009 graduate of Brown University, where she studied biology and became a 2 time NCAA champion and a 3 time Eastern Sprints champion while rowing with the bears. She then spent several years teaching in inner city public schools in Boston and simultaneously coached her athletes to a total of 17 medal finishes at New England Championships, US Nationals and Canadian Henley while working at Community Rowing and at the Winsor School. Libby now teaches biology at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut, and led her rowers to Choate's first two gold medal finishes ever at the NEIRA Championships in 2014.
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Ellen Braithwaite, Open Water Rowing Center
Ellen learned to row as an adult at Craftsbury while she was a member of the Center's office staff in the early 90s. Sculling led to lots of new friends, and a new career. She combined teaching and administration for four years as the Director of the Open Water Rowing Center in Sausalito, California, and now specializes in teaching sculling to adults, both on the challenging water of San Francisco Bay and on various calmer bodies of water in California and Vermont.
As a competitor in sprint events, Ellen has won sculling gold medals the FISA Masters Worlds, as well as US Rowing National and Regional regattas. She competes in long distance events in the ocean as well as on lakes and rivers, and though she has medaled in the Monterey Bay Crossing, the Catalina Crossing, marathons in Ottawa, Vermont, and California, and the North American Open Water Rowing Championship, she believes strongly in the satisfaction of modulated participation.
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Erik Breiland, Green Mountain Rowing, president
Erik rowed sweep at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 1994-1998. He started sculling on the Merrimack River in the summer of 1995 and continues to scull in Vermont on the Lamoille River. He coached women's novice crew at the University of Vermont in 2000 and took the novice eight to their first berth in the petite final at the New England Rowing Championships. Competitively, Erik has medaled in sculling boats at the Head Of The Charles, US Nationals, Canadian Henley, and more prestigious races such as the Green
Mountain Head Race and Black Fly Regatta. He encouraged his mom to start rowing back in 2001; she still races today. Erik and his sweep-rowing-learning-sculling wife, Meredith, stay busy chasing their daughter in between workouts. He is the founding president of Green Mountain Rowing, a club in the greater Burlington, VT area. Erik has been a coach at Craftsbury since 2002.
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John Brisson, Fairfield University
John started rowing in 1973 at SUNY Stony Brook and he has never stopped. John began coaching sculling at Craftsbury in 1978 and that sparked his competitive fires. From 1978 to 1988 John competed at the 1980, '84 and '88 Olympic trials, won several national championships, Canadian Henleys, and many other races too. John has retired from his law practice but not from coaching. He has coached at the high school, elite, pre-elite and masters levels, and is currently the assistant women's coach at Fairfield University, an NCAA D1 school. John loves the 1x and teaching people of all levels to row it better.
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Izzie Brown, Berkeley Paddle and Rowing Club
Izzie learned to scull at Craftsbury in 1984 after rowing at Northfield Mount Hermon and then at Rollins College. With 31 years of rowing and coaching experience (Craftsbury, Florida Rowing Center, Mount Holyoke College and Temple University), she now teaches sports nutrition at San Jose State University. Her graduate research examined 2000m racing and low versus high carbohydrate ingestion. In December 2011, she published the Boathouse Row Cookbook as a fund raiser for Fred Duling, Sr.
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Buzz Congram, Buckingham, Browne, and Nichols School
Buzz Congram is a Master Coach with 50 years of coaching men and women at the Intercollegiate, International, Club and Junior Level. Combining an abundance of patience, a strong passion for teaching, and an in depth knowledge of sculling and sweep rowing.
Buzz spent 15 years coaching freshmen heavyweight crews at Columbia, Rutgers and Yale. In 1978, he became Men's varsity Crew Coach at Northeastern. In 2001, upon his retirement after 23 years as Men's Heavyweight Crew Coach, Buzz served 2 years as Women's Varsity Lightweight Women's Coach and one year as Interim Men's Crew Coach at Dartmouth. He is presently coaching the Varsity Girls Crew at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, MA.
Over the past 12 years Buzz has also been traveling extensively, acting as Visiting Sculling Coach" at various rowing venues in the US and Europe."
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Doug Connelly, University of Vermont
Doug Connelly began rowing in 1995 at Colby College and has been coaching or teaching ever since. He currently is the Head Women's Coach at the University of Vermont, and has previously coached at The Ohio State University and Franklin Pierce University. Recent Vermont highlights include a WV4+ gold medal at the 2013 ACRA National Championships and a WN8+ medal-winning performance at the 2013 New England Rowing Championships. Doug sculls with the Green Mountain Rowing Association, competing at the Head of the Charles and other events.
Off the water, his favorite thing to do is ski powder with his wife Liz and dog Montana.
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Maura Conron, Cambridge Boat Club
Maura began rowing at Brown University and Narragansett Boat Club and now rows out of Cambridge Boat Club in Cambridge, MA. Maura has coached sculling and sweep at CRI, Riverside and elsewhere. She is currently Co-Race Director of the Head of the Charles Regatta. Maura works full time as a graphic designer, photographer and artist.
Jason Cottingham, Syracuse
Jason is currently an Assistant Coach for the Heavyweight Men at Syracuse University. He has spent multiple summers coaching USRowing Pre-Elite camps in Syracuse and Oklahoma City and spent the summer of 2013 as a SBTC/GRP assistant coach and coach for the Men's and Women's U23 1x, from Craftsbury, at the U23 World Championships. Prior to Syracuse, he spent three years as an assistant coach for the Lightweight Men at Dartmouth College. Originally from Alabama, he received his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Alabama.
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Lisa Culbertson, Austin Rowing Club
Lisa Culbertson began sculling 1993 at Episcopal School of Dallas and Hockaday School in Dallas, and continued rowing at Cornell University. Post-college, Lisa returned to sculling competitively as a lightweight with success at Nationals, Masters Nationals, Canadian Henley, and the Head of the Charles. As a coach, Lisa has worked with high school outreach, competitive junior, masters, and university club programs. Lisa now considers Austin Rowing Club home.
Ethan Currie, Wesleyan
After learning to row in high school in Concord, NH, Ethan was a four year rower at Wesleyan University, serving as captain his senior year. He sat bow seat in the Varsity 8 during two of the program’s most successful seasons, earning medals at the Head of the Charles and the New England Championships. He has also sculled competitively for Crescent Boat Club in Philadelphia. Ethan first started coaching during his summers while in college, teaching juniors and masters at Amoskeag Rowing Club in Hooksett, NH.
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Diane Davis, SouthEnd Rowing Club
Diane coaches novices and is the driving force behind the women's training and rowing program at the SouthEnd RC. She is also the director of aquatics for a San Francisco area school where she manages the swim programs and educates coaches. Diane is an accomplished masters sculler in both sprint and marathon distances
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Rich Davis, Former head coach, St. Paul's School
Rich Davis coached at St. Paul's School for 35 years. While he was head coach the SPS varsity crews won 28 New England boys championships and 19 girls championships. The SPS girls varsity won the Peabody Cup three times at Henley and the boys won the Princess Elizabeth Cup twice at Henley. The United States Olympic Committee awarded Rich the Rings of Gold Award in 2000 in recognition of the eight Olympians and 30 national team rowers who began rowing in the SPS program. Rich has coached at Harvard University and Keble College, Oxford while a graduate student in those universities and for several summers at Amoskeag Rowing Club. He has taught a number of rowing clinics and presented at USRowing conventions and at the Joy of Sculling Conferences. Rich writes two recurring columns for Rowing magazine: "Ask the Coach" and "Get the Picture." Rich and his wife, Peg, live in Rye never far from the water.
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Brian DeRegt, Oakland Strokes/Trinity College
Brian started rowing in his hometown of Norwalk, CT, continuing at Kent School, rowed for Trinity College as an undergraduate, and represented the US at four World Championships in both sweep and sculling, including a silver medal at Under-23s. Brian has coached men and women at Trinity College, Vesper Boat Club and Long Beach Junior Crew, and is currently the Head Boys Coach at Oakland Strokes. Brian's crews have won at the Head of the Charles, San Diego Crew Classic, and US Youth National Championships.
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Jim Devol, Narragansett BC
Jim started rowing in 1974 while in college. He started sculling upon graduation in 1979. In the early 80's he coached several Dad Vail champion crews at the University of Rhode Island and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. After coaching he worked for a time for Peinert Boat Works. Jim is now a construction manager in Providence, RI. Over his rowing career he has competed in Masters' races and has won a number of Masters' National Championships in both sculling and sweep boats. Jim competes most years in the fall head races. At the Head of the Charles, he has won medals in the various sculling races. He first came to Craftsbury as a coach in 1983 and has been part of the coaching staff since then. He coaches occasionally at the Naragansett Boat Club. In the winter Jim cross country skis, and when possible, participates in ski marathons.
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Tiffany Doggett, Groton School
Tiffany learned to row in middle school then went on to row at Phillips Academy. She was a member of the 1988 US Junior National Rowing team, stroking the youth eight. She continued rowing at Cornell University helping Cornell win the points trophy at the 1989 Collegiate National Championship in the Novice Eight and winning gold in the Second eight at the 1990 Collegiate National Championships. After many years away from rowing, in 2005 Tiffany had the opportunity to coach high school girls at Groton School where her crews have consistently medaled at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association Championships.
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Dick Dreissigacker, Founder of Concept 2, Olympian
Dick started rowing at Brown University. He then trained at Vesper Boat Club and was a member of the US National Team from 1970 through 1972. During this time, he competed at the Pan American Games of 1971 and the 1972 Olympics. He coached the Stanford University Men's Crew for three years (1974-76). In 1976, Dick and his brother, Pete, founded Concept2 and began producing Dreissigacker Racing Oars. In 1981, they introduced the Concept2 Rowing Ergometer. Concept2, located in Morrisville, VT, continues to provide oars and ergs to rowers around the world. Dick competes several times per year, both in his single and in the Motley Rowing Club eight.
Emily Dreissigacker, Dartmouth
Emily is a 4 time New England Junior Olympic Nordic skier and an assistant coach for the Craftsbury Nordic Ski Club.
She is currently a member of Dartmouth Varsity Crew and coaches the Craftsbury Youth Rowing Club.
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Louisa Edgerly, 1993 US National Team Member
Louisa has been a rower since the age of 16 and a coach for the past 12 years. She did her collegiate rowing at Cornell, and was a member of the 1993 US National Team. She has coached Masters scullers and sweep rowers from Boston to Seattle, at both the competitive and recreational level. She recently completed her doctorate in Communication at the University of Washington, and enjoys racing with the Cornell alumni boat whenever possible.
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Jeff Ellison, Duluth Rowing Club
Jeff has spent the last 34 years rowing and coaching at the Duluth Rowing Club. He holds a BS in Exercise Science, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, is a USA Weightlifting certified coach, and is a Crossfit Level 1 certified coach. He currently trains athletes and adults at Impact Sports Training/IST Crossfit in Duluth. Jeff earned the nickname "Johnny Rate King" for stroking Duluth's men's 8+ to a multi-year undefeated streak in NWIRA dash races during the early 90's, usually above 50 spm.
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Kristen Erickson, Greenwich Academy
Kristen has coached for many years at Greenwich Academy, a private girls' school in Connecticut, where she teaches history and art history and serves as an upper school dean. She began her rowing career at University College, Oxford in 1990 and went on to row and compete with Kingston Rowing Club in London, Norwalk River Rowing Club, and Greenwich Crew. At Norwalk, she developed and helped coach the women's crew program, also serving on the club's board of directors. Kristen has run summer rowing camps for kids and given many private lessons over the years. She taught both her sons and her parents to row, and now competes at the masters' level in the lightweight single and double.
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Cinda Ewton, Burnaby Lake Rowing Club
Cinda has twelve years of rowing experience highlighted by victories at the NCAA and the Australian University Rowing Championships. She has six years experience in collegiate and club coaching bringing her rowers to multiple state championship titles and Big East Conference medals. Cinda has coached at University of Miami, Rivanna Rowing Club, University of Virginia, and Duke University. She is a USRowing Level III certified coach and currently coaches at Burnaby Lake Rowing Club in Vancouver, BC.
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Maggie Fellows, Craftsbury Green Racing Project
Maggie Fellows came to Craftsbury in 2013 to join the Small Boat Training Center program and subsequently the Green Racing Project. She graduated from St. Lawrence University, where she rowed on the varsity squad for four years. In her first year training at Craftsbury, Maggie won gold in the 2013 Canadian Henley U23 single and was 2nd in both the U23 double and pair. More recently she was 3rd in the 2014 Championship single at Canadian Henley. She also coaches the Craftsbury Community Rowing program.
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Sara Field Gronewold, Gold Medal World Championships
Sara learned to row at Boston University and was a member of BU's Eastern Sprints and National Championship crew in 1992. After college, Sara raced on the United States Rowing Team from 1996-2000. She won a Gold medal in the womens' 4- at the 1996 World Championships and was a member of the U.S. womens' 4X in 1998. She has been coaching sculling since retiring from competition in 2000, and is currently the Director of Sculling at the Ann Arbor Rowing Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Peter Figgins, Universty of Vermont
Peter learned to row in 1989 just before the TRRA boathouse opened in Pittsburgh and continued to row recreationally for 6 years. In 1995 he started training with the masters rowing program in Pittsburgh and competed at a very high level thru 1999 when he received silver medal at the Masters national in the A8 and the A4x.In the spring of 2000, Peter started coaching at Taylor-Allderdice high school which is a public high school in the city of Pittsburgh. Peter continued to coach there through the fall of 2004 during which time his crews won many medals at local regattas, two bronze medals at the CSSRA championships in St Catherines and a silver at the Midwest Scholastic Championships.Peter moved to Vermont in the fall of 2005 and started coaching the mens' crew club at the University of Vermont.
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Barbara Fisher, Buffalo Scholastic Rowing Association
Barbara is a masters sculler, FISA Masters World Champion and Canadian Henley Champion. She continues to aspire to become a champion at the Head of the Charles and the Henley Royal Regatta. Barbara employs a blend of geek-like technical savvy, generous allegorical reflection and pithy humor in teaching the art of sculling.
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Alie Fishman, Episcopal School of Dallas, Princeton University
Alie Fishman began sculling in 2001 the Episcopal School of Dallas. She went on to row for four years at Princeton University and graduated in 2010. She was bow seat in the U.S. quad that won the 2007 u23 World Championship. Alie currently lives and sculls in Boston and will enter dental school at UPenn in the fall.
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Jen Forbes, Georgetown University
Jen attended Northeastern University from 2008-2011. She is a former U.S. National Team athlete, and is currently an assistant coach at Georgetown University for both the women’s open and lightweight programs.
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Will Forteith, Walker School/Atlanta Rowing Club
Will began sculling in 1993 at St. Mark's School of Texas in Dallas. During high school, he came to Craftsbury twice as a camper, and his Vermont experiences made him a self-proclaimed New Englander. He did his university rowing at Cornell from 1996-2000. From 2000-2002, Will was the assistant men's crew coach at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut. In 2003, Will returned to St. Mark's, where he served as head rowing coach for eight years. In the summer of 2012, Will moved to Marietta, Georgia, just outside of Atlanta, where he now serves as the Middle School Principal at The Walker School. This spring he helped coach the novice men at the Atlanta Junior Rowing Association in his free time, and he also volunteers as a LTR coach at the Atlanta Rowing Club.
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Jack Frackleton, St. John's H.S.
Jack learned to row at Umass Amherst, and a year before graduation, spent a summer in Philadelphia where he learned to scull under the direction of Bill Mastalski from Fairmount. Under Mastalski, Jack made his first national team in 1982 in the heavyweight quad. A couple more USA uniforms would be earned (1983, 1986) before Jack would realize his ultimate goal: competing in the (1988) Olympic Games. Jack began coaching in 2011 and helped found Merrimack College's women's program. Currently, he heads up the novice boys' program at Saint John's in Worcester, MA.
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Jeanne Friedman, Mount Holyoke
Jeanne Friedman is a USRA Level III certified coach, and has been involved in sculling since 1975. She has led Mount Holyoke's crew team to four Seven Sisters Championships, one NEWMAC Championship, and numerous medals at ECAC and New England regional championships since her arrival in 1991. In 2009, she was inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Coach Friedman believes in the importance of a holistic approach to rowing-mental training as well as physical.
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Candace Fuchs, Blood Street Sculls
Candace learned to row under Dan Boyne at Tufts University. Subsequently, she represented New York Athletic Club in lightweight women’s sculling and won several national championships. She was the first female athletic member of New York Athletic Club, and in 1991 represented the U.S. at the Pan Am games. Candace stepped away from rowing for several years to train and race as a triathlete, qualifying for national championships several times. Although she continued to row recreationally, 2013 was her first season back in competition, and in 2014 she joined her former lightweight friends to place second in the Directors 4X at Head of the Charles.
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Carlie Geer, Olympic Silver Medalist
Carlie was a member of U.S. National Sculling Teams from 1981 to 1983, and a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 1980 and 1984. She won a silver medal in the single scull in 1984. Carlie has been a guest coach at Craftsbury for nearly 20 years. Due to the time constraints of her full time job as a clinical dietitian, her coaching is limited to several weekend programs each season.
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Judy Geer, Concept 2, Olympian
Judy started rowing competitively at Dartmouth College and went on to row with the US National Team from 1976 through 1984. She was a member of the 1976, 1980, and 1984 US Olympic Rowing Teams, competing in the Four, Double and Double -placing up to 5th. She coached at St. Paul's School for one year, and coached the Dartmouth Women's Crew for two years. She has coached at Craftsbury Sculling Camp every summer since 1986. She continues to compete a couple times per year, and is the current Record Holder for the 50+ women's single at the Head of the Charles. Judy works for Concept2.
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Larry Gluckman, Princeton, Dartmouth, Trinity College
Larry Gluckman is a former head coach at Princeton, Dartmouth, and Trinity College. Larry's love for the sport of rowing blossomed at Northeastern University under the direction of the renowned coach, G. Ernest Arlett. Before graduation, Larry earned a seat in the Vesper coxless-four that captured the bronze medal at the World Championships in Vichy, France. Following graduation and an assignment in the Peace Corps, Larry resumed his international racing experience. He earned a seat in the 1973 National Eight that competed at the World Championships in Moscow. This was followed by the 1975 coxed-four and being appointed to the 1976 Olympic Team. Larry's coaching career began at Columbia University as Head Coach of Crew. Then, it was back to Northeastern University as assistant coach. In 1980, Larry was appointed Head Coach of Crew at Princeton University. There, his crews battled for top honors in the EARC. Upon the retirement of Coach Peter Gardner, Larry relocated in Hanover, NH and commanded the Dartmouth program. Larry accepted the position of Marketing Representative at Concept-II where he was known as "Coach" until 2003. In September "Coach" became Men's Head Coach at Trinity College - Hartford, CT. After six years of a very successful campaign including Division III National Championships, a Henley Royal Regatta Temple Cup Trophy and Head of the Charles College Eight victories Larry and Sara, his wife of over 40 years moved to Glover, Vermont. In June of 2009 he started the Small Boat Training Center for U-23 and senior level rowing athletes at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. During his 3 seasons at Craftsbury he placed 8 crews on the USA U-23 World Championship Team. The highlight of this effort was the bronze medal garnered by the Donald sisters in the 2010 Brest, Belarus championships in the open women's double. Other international coaching efforts have included: Assistant Coach for the 1979 Pan American Team, 1980 Olympic Coach for the women's double-scull and coxless-pair, 1981 World Championship women's coxed-four and 1984 Olympic women's coxed-four. Larry has been involved at the sculling center since the late '70s.
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John Graves, Trinity College, Craftsbury Green Racing Project
John Graves graduated from Trinity College, Hartford, CT in 2010. While at Trinity, he was a two-sport athlete and served as captain of both the soccer and rowing teams. John rowed on the 2009 U23 National Team in the Men's Pair, 2010 U23 National Team in the Lightweight Single, and the 2011 World Cup Squad in the Lightweight Single. He competed at the 2012 Non-Qualified Olympic Rowing Trials in the Lightweight Double, and is currently training as a member of Craftsbury's Green Racing Project.
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Phil Grisdela, Craftsbury Green Racing Project
Phil learned to row with the Thomas Jefferson High School team in Alexandria, VA in 2004. He rowed at Dartmouth for the lightweight varsity, earning three second place and one third place finish at the Eastern Sprints and IRA regatta. Phil has represented the US in the U23 men's lightweight pair and senior men's eight in 2011 and 2012, earning 9th place both times. This is Phil's third year at Craftsbury with the Green Racing Project. Phil regularly coaches with Craftsbury's Community Rowing.
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Patrick Guelakis, Choate Rosemary Hall
Patrick is returning for his eighth year as a Craftsbury coach. A 2003 graduate of Trinity College, Pat coached for two years at Connecticut College under the direction of Ric Ricci. In these two years, the first novice fours were undefeated and novice team took gold in three events in the New England Fours Championships. Pat rowed for four years with the Bantams, competing in the NESCAC under the direction of coaches Stew Stokes and Steve Fluhr. He then coached at Worcester Polytechnic Institute for five years as the assistant varsity coach while teaching physics at Worcester Academy and earning his master's in electrical engineering. He is currently the head boy's coach and a physics teacher at Choate Rosemary hall in Wallingford, CT.
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Phil Henson, Craftsbury Green Racing Project
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Gary Hill, Mendota RC
Gary's coaching career began years ago in his native Australia, instructing beginning glider pilots during long, hot, dusty outback days. Coaching Australian football teams followed, and, after moving to the US, he coached the United States national team in this unique sport from 2000-2002. After taking up rowing in 2001 at the Mendota Rowing Club in Madison WI, and following a busy first season rowing with the adult program, he moved into the position of adult novice group coach. He headed that program from 2003-05, teaching both sweep rowing and sculling. Three visits to Craftsbury as a camper have helped shape his own rowing and coaching, and he is now looking forward to coaching scullers on Lake Hosmer.
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Lindsey Hochman, Hobart and William Smith College
Lindsey started rowing in high school in Virginia Beach, VA, and rowed for Colgate University as an undergraduate. Following graduation Lindsey competed for three US National Teams in the lightweight quad in 2009, 2011 and 2012, and won 2 bronze medals. Lindsey currently works as the Assistant Women's Rowing Coach at Hobart and William Smith College.
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Kate Hoff, Northfied Mount Hermon
Kate coaches rowing and teaches math at Northfield Mount Hermon school in Gill, MA. She grew up nordic skiing in Minnesota and learned to row as a walk-on at MIT in 2002. Since, she has trained and competed in the women's single and double lightweight sculls out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Marina Aquatic Center in Los Angeles, Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, and the San Diego Rowing Club. She continues to race as an unaffiliated athlete, most recently finishing 10th in the women's lightweight 1x at Head of the Charles in 2012. Kate has four years of experience coaching sculling and sweep rowing at the junior level.
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Ann Holmes, Vesper Boat Club
Ann began rowing in 1997 as a walk-on at Cornell; she was a team captain and all-region selection. In 2002, Ann moved to Boston and learned to scull at Riverside Boat Club. She has won the 8+ and 4- at US Nationals and Canadian Henley. She has also medaled in sculling events at US Nationals (Elite 1x), Canadian Henley (Senior 2x)and Head of the Charles (Champ 2x). Ann is presently training at Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia, where she is part of the elite program coached by Dutch Olympic Champion Michiel Bartman.
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Johnny Hood, Orlando Rowing Club
Johnny Hood was a member of the Craftsbury SBTC during 2009 and 2010. As a member of the SBTC he competed mostly in the single at events such as the U23 trials, Canadian Henley, and USRowing National Championships. Johnny rowed at Rollins College and since graduating has coached high school, collegiate, and masters rowers. Johnny continues to scull at Orlando Rowing Club.
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Jessi Hooper, Southern Methodist University
Jessi Hooper learned to row at Southern Methodist University, where she majored in Financial Consulting. After graduating she switched to triathlon and started coaching running programs through Fleet Feet in Sacramento, CA. Running around Lake Natoma each week inspired a return to rowing. Since 2007 she has been novice and assistant varsity coach at SMU. She also coaches private sculling lessons and camps at White Rock Boathouse in Dallas.
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Kimberly Howell, Massage Therapist
Kimberly has been practicing massage full-time since 1994. Like most therapists, her initial training was in Swedish massage techniques. Over the course of 1997-98, she trained extensively in myofascial spreading and Structural Integration, a deep-tissue modality that aims to release tension in the fascia and restore the musculature's natural length and plasticity. She is currently working toward certification in orthopedic massage. She has worked with clients ranging from children to octogenarians, from expectant mothers to elite athletes. In short, whether you are looking for an opportunity to have a relaxing massage that will put you to sleep or to have your soleus unglued from your gastrocnemius, she can probably accommodate you. She can work as lightly or as deeply as you care for - just ask.
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Bob Kaehler, Coach Kaehler, Inc.
Coach Bob Kaehler is a three-time Olympian (1992, 1996 and 2000) and four-
time world champion rower. He began rowing at the age of sixteen at the
Sagamore Rowing Club, N.Y., and continued through his college years at Rutgers
University, and at Columbia where he earned his Master’s Degree in Physical
Therapy. After nearly two decades as a physical therapist, Coach Kaehler now
devotes his efforts to his true passion of health, fitness, and athletic
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Tom Keller, Hobart College
Tom is currently the assistant coach for Hobart College. A 2009 Trinity College graduate, Tom was a four-year oarsman for the Bantams. Previously, Tom worked as an assistant coach for Rochester Institute of Technology, West Virginia University, Community Rowing, Inc., and the U.S. Junior National Team.
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Steve Kish, Bucknell University
Coach Kish has led the Bucknell University women's rowing program for the last seventeen years. During his tenure, the crew has earned eighteen medals at the Dad Vail, seven Patriot League Championships, and three medals at the IRA lightweight women's national championship. For the past five years,the Bucknell women's program fall training program has been comprised exclusively of sculling in singles, quads and octuples.
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Laura Larsen-Strecker, Harvard University/U.S. National Team
Laura started rowing in high school with the Brookline High School rowing team and CRI in Boston. She rowed for four years at Harvard University and was co-captain in her senior year. She is a two time world champion in the 2009 W8+ and the 2008 U23 W8+. She has been training at the US Training Center in Princeton since 2009.
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Jim Lauderdale, St. Paul's School
Jim learned to scull at Craftsbury approximately 25 years ago and has been the boatman at Saint Paul's School in Concord, N.H. for the last 18 years. Jim has extensive experience rowing and coaching small boats (pairs, doubles and singles), as well as, teaching individuals to row. Jim has been running an eights program for the Advanced Study Program at St. Paul's School for many summers and has worked with many novice scullers plus some national and international competitors. Jim introduced one world champion single sculler, Jamie Koven, to sculling.
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John Laundon, Lyme/Old Lyme H.S.
John has been girls head coach at Lyme Old Lyme high school for ten years. He was the founding head coach of and girls and boys at Valley Regional High School for six years. He has coached juniors and masters at Old Lyme Rowing Association (Blood Street Sculls) for ten years. John has earned 21 Head of the Charles medals, including three victories, and is a many-time Masters Nationals and World Masters games champion in all classes of sculling boats.
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David Lilly, Maine Rowing Association
David started rowing in high school in 1982 and was one of 32 students in the U.S. chosen for the Junior National Team selection camp in 1984. He competed as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, finishing his college career undefeated in regular season racing. David won gold and silver medals rowing with Penn AC in the senior 4+ and 8+ at the U.S. Rowing National Championships and did a brief stint coaching novice crews at the University of Virginia. He currently competes as a masters sculler.
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Jim Lister, Duke University Recruiting Coordinator
Jim Lister has been coaching for the past 20 years and is currently in his 7th year at Duke University as the recruiting coordinator/rigger for the women's team. He has served as the team manager at the U23 World Championships the last 2 summers. He has worked at Van Dusen Racing Shells to gain the knowledge of construction and repair of boats. He was also the co-founder of Saratoga Rowing Association in 1996. He resides in Durham, NC with his wife and two young daughters.
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Hugh McAdam, Craftsbury Green Racing Project
Hugh McAdam began rowing in 2004 for at Washington College in Chestertown, MD. As an athlete at Washington College he was named Most Valuable Athlete, MVP, and Team Captain his senior year. Hugh won this year's NSRI and competed at the 2013 World Cup II regatta in Eton-Dorney, England, sculling to a 2nd place finish in the B" final of the men's lightweight single sculls. He also won the USrowing National Championship in the Men's Lightweight Single and Men's Lightweight Double. This is Hugh's second year coaching in the sculling program, and his second year as an athlete as a part of the Green Racing Project."
Austin Meyer, Harvard
Austin began rowing in Albany, NY for Shaker High School in 2005 and has competed with the US Junior, U23 and Senior National Teams in both sweep and sculling events for the past five years. He won a bronze medal in the 2010 Under23 World Rowing Championships in the lightweight men's four and placed fourth at this year's Under23 World Rowing Championships in the lightweight men's double. Austin currently rows for Harvard University and is in his final year of school studying energy and public policy.
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Jonathan Moss, Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club
Jonathan Moss learned to row with the Wesleyan University Crew where he later became assistant coach. He has since instructed many youth and club masters. He was a member of the U.S. Lightweight National Team for four years. During his rowing career, Jonathan won gold medals at FISA World Championships, Pan-American Games, US National Championships, Canadian Henley and several large head races including the Charles, Connecticut, Housatonic and Green Mountain. Jonathan is founder and President of the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club, a 501(c)3 organization in Springfield, MA trying to grow river activities on an under-utilized part of the Connecticut River. His other athletic pursuits have included two Boston Marathons and in July, 2010 will compete in his first ½ Ironman Triathlon.
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Peter Orlando, New York Athletic Club
Peter has coached and rowed on the U23 National Team. He brings a wide range of experience coaching all age groups. Most recently, Peter coached a group of masters rowers at a camp in Varese, near Como, Italy. Peter currently lives and works in NYC, he's become an expert at minimizing row2k as his boss walks by.
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Hank Osborn, Columbia University
Hank began his career as a competitive rowing coach in 1995 at Tabor Academy. He coached to Dartmouth College Heavyweight Varsity during the summers of 2004-2004. He joined the Columbia University coaching staff in 2003 and led the Lion freshmen to their first winning season in many years. At Tabor, he served as Head Coach of boys crew and Director of the Tabor Academy rowing program. Osborn was instrumental in Tabor's rise as a rowing power in New England and coached the team to their first ever undefeated New England Championship season in the program's 105 year history. It was Tabor's first New England Championship in 45 years. His Crews also won gold medals in 1997 and won silver and bronze in 1998 and 1999. Under Osborn, Tabor competed at the famed Henley Royal Regatta in Great Britain on three occasions, reaching the finals of the Princess Elizabeth Cup in his final year. Osborn also served as the summer coach of the men's varsity heavyweight crew at Dartmouth from 2000 to 2004, leading the Big Green varsity eight to the gold medal at Canadian Henley - the first ever for the Dartmouth Heavyweights. In 2002 Osborn was selected as a full member of the Leander Club, located at the Henley Royal Regatta course. That same year, a racing shell was dedicated in his name at Tabor. Another Resolute 8+ at Tabor, the "Hank Osborn II," was dedicated in the spring of 2005. A standout rower himself at Tabor, he stroked the boys first boat for three seasons, and served as the Seawolves Captain. In 1991, his senior season, Osborn stroked Tabor to #1 New England seed and first place in Britain's Reading Towne Regatta. At Rutgers, Osborn stroked the freshmen heavyweight eight to a top seed at the IRA National Championship Regatta, and then spent three years as stroke of the Scarlet Knights' varsity heavyweight eight. He led an elite 4+ to an appearance at Henley in 1994. Osborn earned a B.A. in sociology and geology in 1995 and did graduate work in marine ecology at the College of the Atlantic, and masters in Environmental Studies at Dartmouth. Hank learned to scull at Craftsbury in 1988 and began coaching at Craftsbury in 1992.
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Rosemary Ostfeld, Blood Street Sculls
Rosemary began crew during high school, where she coxed for the East Lyme High School Vikings and the Blood Street Sculls women's masters team in Connecticut. She coxed all four years of college for the Wesleyan University men's crew from 2006-2010, and learned to scull during her sophomore year. She served as a volunteer coach for the Wesleyan University men's novice crew from 2010-2011, and coached the San Diego Rowing Club girl's novice crew from 2011-2012. This past year she trialed as a cox for the Cambridge University Boat Club.
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Henry Palmer, Union Boat Club
Henry began sculling in 1999, here at Craftsbury. Sculling provided the backbone for his rowing career at St. Andrews School, Trinity College, and ultimately Leander Club. Henry has been the Head Coach of Union Boat Club since 2011, where he continues to scull in his free time. His most notable races includes three Head of the Charles championships, three wins at the Henley Royal Regatta, and a Head of the River win.
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Naomi Patino, Florida Rowing Center
Naomi did her college rowing at Boston University, then went on to win several U.S. National Championships in sculling events. She has coached at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, and was the director of Florida Rowing Center for five years. Naomi also competed as a pro in-line speed skater, winning many distance races.
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Roger Payne, University of Virginia
Roger brings 40 years of rowing and coaching experience to Craftsbury. He rowed at University of Washington, sculled at Lake Washington RC, winning 4 Canadian Henley golds in the Lt 2X, worked for both Pocock Racing Shells and Owen Racing Shells, and coached at Lake Washington, Seattle Pacific, Oregon State, Wisconsin, and Virginia. He has coached at numerous USRowing development and selection camps for Jr. and Sr. men and women, sweep and sculling. Roger has worked with several national team and Olympic scullers, most recently with the bronze medalist Paralympic LTA 2X. He is currently boatman at University of Virginia, and works with scullers at Rivanna RC and Cavalier Rowing Camp.
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Thomas Phifer, University of Oxford
Thomas began rowing at Middlebury College his sophomore year. While studying abroad in Germany, he trained with the Mainzer Ruder-Verein before rowing his senior year with Middlebury. Since graduating, Thomas has raced with the New York Athletic Club and has been training on his own, competing at the East Coast Speed Order and CRASH-B's. In the fall of 2015, he will enter the University of Oxford for a Masters Degree in Education, hoping to compete with the University’s rowing team. Thomas has strong aspirations to row with the U.S. senior sweep team.
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Thomas Phifer, Middlebury College
Thomas began rowing at Middlebury College his sophomore year. While studying abroad in Germany, he trained with the Mainzer Ruder-Verein before rowing his senior year with Middlebury. Since graduating, Thomas earned his teaching license in High School German and coached the novice crew at Middlebury. He has competed at the East Coast Speed Order and CRASH-B’s and currently trains with the New York Athletic Club. In the fall of 2015, Thomas will enter the University of Oxford for a Masters Degree in Education, hoping to compete with the university’s rowing team. He has strong aspirations to row with the U.S. senior sweep team.
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Margaret Pitkin, Yoga instructor
Margaret has studied and taught yoga for over 14 years, she is currently completing studies for her Doctorate of Physical Therapy through the University of Vermont. More on Margaret can be found at her website: www.margaretpitkin.com
Melissa Poplaski, CSCS, started rowing at San Diego Rowing Club (SDRC) and continued rowing at Santa Clara University while studying Psychology. She has taken her love for movement and science to become certified as a level 2 US Rowing certified coach, Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), ACSM Personal Trainer (cPT), and PMA Pilates Instructor. She has coached at Santa Clara University, Buckingham, Browne & Nichols Prep School, and RowSkills. She loves sharing her knowledge of movement with athletes to help each individual walk away feeling empowered and motivated.
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Charles Putnam, Holy Cross
Charles rowed at Trinity College, Hartford, where he stroked the 1974 heavyweights. He was head rowing coach at Pomfret School, BB&N, and St. Mark's School before assuming his present position ten years ago as Women's Novice Rowing Coach at The College of the Holy Cross. His true joy in coaching comes through bringing rowers from the level of complete beginner to excel in national competition and also through using the lessons of the sport to help shape young lives.
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Gary Reid, Concept2 New Zealand
Gary started rowing at age twelve, encouraged by his father who had coached three New Zealand Olympic teams. He rowed for New Zealand in the 1980's, including as the single sculler at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Gary has been Concept2's New Zealand distributor since 1995 and has participated in the CRASH-B's many times. In his role with Concept2 and CRASH-B, he has been involved in the training of such New Zealand athletes as Rob Waddell and Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell. Gary still actively trains in the single and on the C2 ergometer.
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Eli Roxby, Trinity College
Eli started rowing in Philadelphia for Conestoga high school where he sculled for four years. Next he rowed for Trinity College which included a trip to Henley and an ECAC varsity eight gold medal. After graduation Eli rowed for the Green Racing Project at Craftsbury where he competed in the Under 23 Championships in Czech Republic in the pair. Eli recently has returned from a six month trip in South America where he was traveling and working on organic farms. He looks forward to sharing his passion for rowing with others this summer at Craftsbury.
Marlene Royle, OTR, Roylerow
Marlene started rowing in 1977 competing for West Side Rowing Club, Boston University, and Boston Rowing Club; her accomplishments include national collegiate, national sculling, and Head of the Charles titles. She first joined Craftsbury's coaching staff in 1986 and served as an associate director from 2004 to 2006. From 2006 to 2009 she was the head coach at the Florida Rowing Center. In 1999, Marlene founded Roylerow Performance Training Programs to design plans for individuals and teams. Marlene writes a monthly training column in Rowing Magazine and is the author of Tip of the Blade: Notes on Rowing and Skillful Rowing. When not on the water Marlene is an avid Nordic skier and enjoys traveling.
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Rachel Schlosser, Tufts University
Rachel learned to row at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. She has rowed and coached at many different levels spending time with High School, Collegiate and Masters rowers. Over the last year she has developed as a coach at the Institute for Rowing Leadership where she spent time between learning on the water coaching, at Tufts University, and in the classroom in areas like biomechanics and leadership. She loves the sport and all of the amazing opportunities to connect with others and enjoy the outdoors that rowing offers.
Cindy was a competitive swimmer in high school and college, then coached swimming for over twelve years while raising a family. Cindy spent a couple of years as a competitive cyclist before discovering rowing ten years ago. She has coached rowing for five years and earned her level 2 US coaching certificate in New Zealand. Her favorite rowing accomplishment is completing the 115 mile Covallis to Portland Row in a double. Her favorite non rowing hobby is bow hunting. Cindy spent last winter working at the Florida Rowing Center and is looking forward to her first year at Craftsbury.
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Edward Slater, Trinity College
Ed started rowing in 1997 at St. Mark's School in Southborough, MA where he became a true student of the sport. He continued on at Trinity College in Hartford, CT where with the arrival of Larry Gluckman as the Men's Varsity coach in the fall of 2003, he gained a renewed passion for the sport. As an oarsman of the Trinity Men's Varsity Crew, as well as a captain for the '05-'06 season, Ed won gold at the Head of the Charles in 2004 and 2005, the New England Championships (2005, 2006), the ECAC National Championships (2006, the first time in Trinity's history), and the 2005 Henley Royal Regatta (as a spare for the Temple Challenge Cup 8+). When not in school, Ed trained at the pre-elite level with the New York Athletic Club, competing at USRowing Nationals and Canadian Henley. As a coach, Ed had his start at the Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, CT in 2002 and 2003, where he became the Dir. of Novice Programs as well as a Jr. and Masters coach. After working a tall in the Pacific in the Fall of 2006, Ed returned to his alma mater as an assistant coach to the Varsity Men's program, focusing on the 3rd Varsity 8+ which went on to win both the New England and ECAC championships. Having coached at the New York Athletic Club during the summer of 2007, Ed joined with Craftsbury that fall. Outside coaching at Craftsbury, Ed resides in Boston where he trains independently and is an avid marathoner and triathlete. He is a a member of NYAC, Power Ten NY and a coach for We Can Row-Boston, a rowing program for breast cancer survivors.
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Karen Sommer, Pocock Rowing Center
Karen has coached scullers of many ages and skill levels for the past 6 years at the Pocock Rowing Center in Seattle, and helped to launch the PRC's learn to row program. Her coaching style integrates elements from her backgrounds in competitive sculling, science, Pilates, and strength training, and emphasizes efficient and healthy technique. When not coaching or working out, she is a Senior Scientist at the Seattle Children's Research Institute.
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Elizabeth Sonshine, Craftsbury Green Racing Project
Elizabeth graduated from Bates College in 2012, having joined the crew there as a walk on. After four years of placing 2nd at the DIII NCAA championships, she joined Craftsbury's Small Boat Training Center for the summer and learned to scull. She subsequently joined the GRP for year round training. Elizabeth has been training at Craftsbury for just over two years and recently placed 3rd in the senior single at Canadian Henley, and was a member of the GRP's winning Senior Women's 4X there in both 2013 and 2014. She works closely with Craftsbury's Community Rowing over the summer and enjoys coaching rowers of all ages and abilities.
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Stew Stokes, Colby College
Stew Stokes is entering his seventh year as the Head Coach of Rowing at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Since his arrival the program has more than doubled in size the women's crew won the College's only NCAA Championship in a team sport by claiming the 2003 Division III title and the men's crew became the first crew from Colby to win an international race at the Henley Royal Regatta in 2005 against Isis Boat Club. Prior to his arrival at Colby, Stokes coached at Trinity College and the University of Massachusetts. A 1990 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Stokes is a four-time winner of the Head of the Charles Regatta, a four-time U.S. National Champion, and a member of the men's lightweight eight on the 1993 United States Rowing Team. He and his wife, Bess, live in Oakland, Maine, with their daughters, Maggie and Sally.
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Helen Tilghman, University of Washington
Helen began rowing at Mt. Baker Rowing and Sailing Center in Seattle in 2003. She went on to row for four years at the University of Washington before earning her Master's in Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership. She has coached at the junior, collegiate and master's level. She is currently the Assistant Coach for the University of Dayton women's varsity rowing team.
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Pat Tirone, Delta Sculling Center
Pat began sculling 10 years ago at Stockton Rowing Club in Stockton, CA and at Craftsbury. She is the founder and head coach of Delta Sculling Center in Stockton, CA, where the mission is to make sculling an inclusive sport, regardless of barriers. A physical therapist and certified Tai Chi and yoga instructor, she also coaches sculling in Sacramento and Petaluma, CA. She has won numerous local and regional lightweight single and double competitions on the West Coast. One principle that guides her coaching is that the water teaches" so she tries to measure out her instruction - enough guidance and enough silence for budding scullers to easily learn their new skills."
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Mike Van Beuren, Hanover, NH
Mike has been rowing since high school in the 1960s, and competed in the 1970 Junior World Championships. He was recruited to row at Penn, and coached at St. John's College, Annapolis for thirteen years. More recently, Mike has competed in multiple Masters Nationals Championships. Mike first learned to scull right here at Craftsbury.
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Todd Vogt, Lewis and Clark College
Todd Vogt is Assistant Coach at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and Head Coach for the Portland Women's Rowing Club. Previously he spent two years as an Assistant Coach at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Todd has spent the last two summers coaching at the Pennsylvania Athletic Club (his men's lightweight 8+ won club nationals in 2010) and at Craftsbury. He began coaching in 2005 at the Lake Oswego Community Rowing club in Lake Oswego, Oregon, working with both juniors and masters rowers. He began rowing his freshman year at the University of Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York, where he competed and won medals at various regattas including the New York State Collegiate Championships and the Dad Vail Regatta. After graduating he continued rowing with the West Side Rowing Club in Buffalo, New York, racing in various regattas such as US Nationals and Canadian Henley.
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Mike Wagner, Sagamore Rowing Association
Mike began rowing in 1992 during his freshman year at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. He learned to scull the following summer at the Reggie Minor Boathouse in Lloyd Harbor, NY. Mike has 8 years experience coaching at the collegiate, scholastic, and club levels bringing his rowers to multiple state championship titles and a Stotesbury Cup medal. He has coached at Friends Academy, Cold Spring Harbor High School, and Hofstra University. Mike is an active Masters sculler and is currently a volunteer sculling coach at the Sagamore Rowing Association in Oyster Bay, NY.
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Jim Washburn, Carnegie Lake Rowing Association
Jim rowed for four years at the Lawrenceville School and captained the crew for his last two years, stroking the senior four to the school's first appearance at the Scholastic National Championships. At Trinity College, he stroked the freshman heavyweight eight to a silver medal, and in the varsity heavyweight, a gold medal at the New England Rowing Championships. After two years of coaching at Tabor Academy, Jim coached boys crew at Lawrenceville for six years, and currently coaches at Carnegie Lake Rowing Association. When he is not coaching, sculling, or cycling, Jim teaches history at Montgomery High School, just north of Princeton.
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Pete Washburn, Episcopal High School, Jacksonville
Pete has been a teacher and a rowing coach for 42 years. He rowed in high school at St. Andrew's School in Delaware, at Syracuse University, and was twice on the US national lightweight team. After coaching at St. Andrew's School, Princeton University and St. Mark's School, he spent thirty three years as a coach and director of the rowing program at Phillips Academy in Andover, Ma.
, Tabor Academy, Princeton
Taylor Washburn, Tabor Academy, Princeton
Taylor did his high school rowing at Phillips Academy and has also coached the Phillips Academy boy's 2nd boat. After graduating from Princeton, he rowed for the U.S. National team in the lightweight 4- and spent a year teaching and coaching at Phillips Academy. He is currently head coach of boys crew at Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts.
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Astrid Wettstein, Princeton, Craftsbury SBTC
Astrid began sculling at Rochester Rowing Club of Minnesota during high school. She rowed for four years at Princeton University, competing at four NCAA championships. She also trained and competed with the Craftsbury Green Racing Project's U23 Small Boat Training Center during the summers of 2011 and 2012.
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Steve Whelpley, Craftsbury Green Racing Project
Steve started his rowing career in Wisconsin at the Milwaukee Rowing Club, where he and his high school friends started up a junior program that traveled locally and gave them all a taste for the sport. From there, he rowed at Colby College and was a NESCAC all-academic honoree for two out of his four years. After college, he moved to the historic Boathouse Row of Philadelphia to continue his pursuit of rowing with aims of making the National Team. After a few years in pairs and fours, Steve finally made the full-time switch to sculling in 2008. In his first year of sculling, he finished fourth at Olympic Trials in the single. Subsequent years brought Steve to many different clubs and coaches as he attempted to climb the sculling ranks: Penn AC, GMS, Potomac, the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, and the National Team Training Center in Princeton. In 2012, he raced to a second place finish in the double at the 2012 Olympic Trials. From here, Steve arrived at Craftsbury as a member of the Green Racing Project where he has since earned consecutive berths on the National Team as the US Men's Single in 2013 and a member of the US Men's Quad in 2014. In addition to training with GRP, Steve coaches regularly with Craftsbury's Community Rowing.
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Julia White Hoppe, Craftsbury Outdoor Center
Julia began rowing as a walk-on athlete at Oregon State University in the fall of 2000. She went on to train with the US National Team in Princeton from 2003 until 2007, where she took up sculling in 2004. Julia has coached both sweep and sculling at the Hun School of Princeton, OSU, UCSD, UC Davis, and was selected to attend Pocock's inaugural CoachCon in 2012. This is her second summer as Craftsbury's Fleet Manager and her third summer coaching at the Outdoor Center.
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Diana Whitney, Coach and Yoga Instructor
Diana Whitney, RYT, teaches dynamic vinyasa flow yoga that strengthens the body while opening the heart. She has 13 years experience teaching compassionate and challenging yoga sequences to students of all ages and abilities. A lifelong athlete and a Pilates mat instructor, Diana integrates core strength and breath-work into all her classes. Diana rowed at Dartmouth College and Oxford University and started sculling at Riverside Boat Club, where she won a gold medal at Canadian Henley in the senior lightweight quad. She and her husband Tim lead Yoga & Sculling workshops in Southern Vermont.
Tim Whitney, Wesleyan
Tim Whitney rowed at Wesleyan University from 1994-1998 and began sculling in 1997 at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. After college, Tim raced in the single sculls, training on the Charles River in Boston and at the Long Beach Rowing Association in Long Beach, CA. He won the U.S. singles trials in 2001 and competed at the World Championships that year in Lucerne, Switzerland. Tim is now a certified yoga teacher and a therapist who specializes in sport psychology. He continues to train, coach and race in Brattleboro, VT where he owns Core Flow Yoga & Sport with his wife Diana.
Taryn Wilson, UMass
Taryn Wilson began rowing in 2004 for Shenendehowa Crew in Clifton Park, NY. After six years with the program she went on to row for Marietta College her freshman and sophomore years. In the fall of 2012, Taryn transferred to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she sat in the varsity 8+ and captained the 2013-2014 team. Taryn has competed at several NCAA rowing championships, and holds top finishes from the Dad Vail Regatta, Head of the Charles, and both Mid-Atlantic and Atlantic-10 conference championships. Taryn is now serving as an intern coach for UMass under the direction of coach Jim Dietz.