2017 Fan's Choice Awards

Vote for the 2017 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 2017 USRowing Fan’s Choice Awards. After receiving an outpouring of nominations in all categories, USRowing is proud to announce the 2017 junior coach finalists.

Fans may vote once in each category. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. E.T. on Tuesday, October 24. Awardees will be announced on Wednesday, October 25.

Who can become Coach of the Year? A rowing coach who has achieved extraordinary success in 2017. 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

Nick D’Antoni, Newport Aquatic Center
Nick has been the head coach and varsity men’s coach at Newport Aquatic Center for the past 10 years. In 2017, Newport Aquatic Center won the Men’s Youth 8+ at Youth Nationals and medaled in the Men’s Lightweight Youth 4+ and Men’s Youth 2-. In all, he sent six boats to the Youth National Championship. Additionally, his Men’s Youth 8+ set course records at the San Diego Crew Classic, the USRowing Youth Southwest Regional Championships, and the USRowing Youth National Championships.

Casey Galvanek, Sarasota Crew
As head coach of Sarasota Crew, Casey has grown the team from a relatively small team of about 50 to one of over 400 members. Under his leadership, Sarasota Crew has won a medal in the last five out of six Youth Nationals Championships in the men’s division and also medaled repeatedly in the women’s. In 2016, Casey succeeded in merging the Junior National Team (JNT) Sculling and Sweeping Selection Camps into one camp. In 2017, Casey was named the head coach of the Men’s JNT. In the spring of 2017, Casey took his personal time to coach Clark Dean in the single 3-4 mornings a week, before work/school. Casey also coached Clark in the single during 2017 Selection Camp, and America won the Junior 1x at Worlds for the first time in 50 years. Casey now is coaching several junior boys four mornings a week before he goes to work at a regular job, and then comes back to run Sarasota Crew every afternoon and most of the day Saturday. Without a doubt, Sarasota Crew would not be what it is today with Casey at the helm, and the USA Men’s Junior National Team have results that speak for themselves.

Gordon Getsinger, Saugatuck Rowing Club
Gordon has been the head coach of the Saugatuck Rowing Club junior girls program for the past three years, previously serving as assistant coach. Under his direction during the 2016-17 season, the SRC women’s youth varsity 8+ three-peated as junior rowing triple crown winners, winning the Head of the Charles Regatta, San Diego Crew Classic and Youth National Championships for the third year in a row, continuing its three-year undefeated run. In addition, under Gordon’s leadership, the SRC women’s JV 8+ won gold at the San Diego Crew Classic and the women’s youth 4+ earned silver at the Head of the Charles Regatta for the second year in a row. Gordon sent three boats to Youth Nationals in 2017; in addition to the gold-medal women’s youth 8+, the women’s youth lightweight 4+ placed fourth and the women’s youth 4+ placed sixth.

Jeremy Michalitsianos, Montclair High School
Jeremy has been the head coach of the Montclair High School Rowing Team since 2009. This past season, Jeremy coached Montclair high school’s varsity 8+ to an undefeated spring season nationally. He led the crew to a Garden State championship victory, Stotesbury Cup regatta victory – ending Gonzaga’s winning streak – Scholastic Rowing Association of America National Championship victory, and National Schools Rowing Association National Championships victory. Montclair was the only scholastic crew to go undefeated this past spring.

Oksana Tsimbalova, Advanced Community Rowing Association
Oksana is the head women’s and men’s varsity coach and founder of ACRA. She is a volunteer coach for the non-profit. The mission of ACRA is to teach underprivileged middle schoolers and high schoolers in southern New York and northern New Jersey how to row. She has made the team into an elite club racing at youth nationals and guaranteeing bids to the Head of the Charles regatta. She has mentored many from middle school all the way through recruitment in top collegiate rowing programs.

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.

2017 Fan's Choice - Junior Coach of the Year

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