Outdoor Center News

Whelpley Returns to Craftsbury as GRP Coach

Last Updated: 11.Sep.2017

Craftsbury Outdoor Center is pleased to welcome back Green Racing Project alum Steve Whelpley as new Green Racing Project (GRP) Rowing Coach. Having first come to the Outdoor Center as a GRP sculler himself, Steve is uniquely suited to join us in this role, and as a member of our Sculling Management team. Steve will step into the position immediately, having just completed a summer of coaching Craftsbury’s U23 group. Before that, he served as assistant coach at Colby College, his alma mater.

Steve’s rowing career spanned many years, the last 4 of which were spent at Craftsbury. He raced as the US M1x in 2013, the US M4x in 2014, and the M2x in the 2016 Olympic Trials Last Chance regatta.

"Coming back to Craftsbury as a coach may excite me even more than when I came as an athlete,” said Whelpley. “The environment, philosophy, and goals all align with what I hope to provide athletes with as a coach. With the community, resources, and blue skies of Craftsbury, I aim to make athletes better than I was and in less time."

The Center is equally enthusiastic about Whelpley’s return in a new role. Craftsbury principals Dick Dreissigacker and Judy Geer commented, “Steve is a student of rowing and training and he brings a combination of experience, enthusiasm, and strong organizational and communication skills. He’s deeply motivated to help each GRP athlete achieve their best individually, and to assemble fast boats to represent the US.”

If you’re an athlete interested in joining GRP this fall, feel free contact Steve at steve.whelpley@craftsbury.com, and find the application here.