2016 Fan's Choice Awards

Vote for the 2016 Masters 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 masters 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

Rick Brown, Ashland Rowing Club

Under Rick Brown’s leadership, Ashland Rowing Club’s membership has more than doubled with the number of new rowers joining the club going from an average of three a year to 30 this year and the average age of masters going down significantly.

Gabriele Cipollone, Vesper Boat Club

A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Gabriele Cipollone coached the Vesper veteran eight to gold at the USRowing Masters National Championships and numerous small boats at the World Masters Championships.

Chris Dadd, Lake Merritt Rowing Club

Chris Dadd has coached the women’s masters team at Lake Merritt Rowing Club since 2010 and brought home gold medals at the Head of the Lagoon in the masters novice eight and four. Lake Merritt also brought home four gold, five silver and five bronze at the Southwest Masters Regional Regatta.

Matt Lehrer, Community Rowing, Inc.

Under the leadership of Matt Lehrer, Community Rowing, Inc., came in third place in the women’s team points trophy at the Masters Nationals, winning medals in 26 out of 42 events entered. Matt’s work developing the team has led to it growing to over 35 members during the 2016 season, with women across a wide age range.

Tom Woodman, Sammamish Rowing Association

As head coach for Sammamish Rowing Association, past Olympic team member Tom Woodman and his staff have been responsible for all training of a team of 50 committed men and women. Under Tom, SRA took first place in events at the San Diego Crew Classic, Opening Day Regatta in Seattle, Wash. and first place in overall men’s points at the Northwest Masters Regional Regatta.


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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