2016 Fan's Choice Awards

Vote for the 2016 Junior Coach of the Year

USRowing maintains a long tradition of rewarding excellence in rowing. Following a year of unprecedented achievement, the rowing community put forth strong nominees for the 2016 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards. After receiving an outpouring of nominations in all categories, USRowing is proud to announce the 2016 junior coach finalists.

Fans may vote once in each category. Voting closes at midnight E.T. on Monday, October 17. Awardees will be announced on Wednesday, October 19.

Who can become Coach of the Year? A rowing coach who has achieved extraordinary success in 2016. Success may be defined as outstanding performance, having a breakout year, making a significant impact on an individual athlete or team performance, perseverance in spite of difficult odds, consistent strong performance, or a combination of the above or other worthy measures.


About the Finalists

Yunian Cabrera, Belen Jesuit Prep

Yunian Cabrera coached the Belen Jesuit Prep lightweight men’s eight to gold at the 2016 USRowing Youth National Championships after winning the SRAA Championships and the San Diego Crew Classic.

Casey Galvanek, Sarasota Crew

Casey Galvanek, executive director and head coach of Sarasota Crew, coached the men’s quadruple sculls to their best finish ever in the program’s history at the 2016 World Rowing Junior Championships with a bronze-medal finish.

Gordon Getsinger, Saugatuck Rowing Club

Gordon Getsinger led the Saugatuck Rowing Club’s women’s team to a national title in both the lightweight and open weight eight in his first season as head coach. His team culture and guidance has been lauded by both parents and athletes alike.

Dr. Peter Sharis, Y Quad Cities

Dr. Peter Sharis coached the U.S. women’s double sculls to its first gold medal in history at the World Rowing Junior Championships. As the coach of the Y Quad Cities crew, Sharis coached the women’s quadruple sculls to gold at the USRowing Youth National Championships.

Yan Vengerovskiy, Maritime Rowing Club

As the coach of New Canaan Crew/Maritime Rowing Club, Yan Vengerovskiy led his squad to both gold and silver medals in the men’s quadruple sculls and a bronze medal in the lightweight men’s double sculls at the USRowing Youth National Championships.


Award voting is intended to be one vote per person from among the extended rowing community and their family and friends; in the event of electronic, hired, or other similar ballot-stuffing attempts, affected votes may be deleted and nominees potentially disqualified.

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