2017 Fan's Choice Awards

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

Anna Cherednikova, Maritime Rowing Club
Results speak louder than words when it comes to coach Anna Cherednikova – Carnegie Lake 2017, club win, third year in a row (a first); Derby Sweeps and Sculls, 14 gold medals; Head of the Housatonic, gold medals in M1X, W1x, W lightweight 1X, W8+, M2x and W2x. Head of the Fish, gold in W1x, lightweight 2X, 4x. At each of these events, there were multiple 2nd and 3rd place boat finishes as well. Nearly everyone comes home from one of Anna’s  races with at least one medal, in large part due to her phenomenal coaching. In addition to her success with masters, it’s worth noting that Anna coaches junior girls, and accompanied Claire Campbell to worlds this year after Claire won Junior National 1x.

Holly Metcalf, WeCanRow
Holly is in her eleventh season as head coach for the MIT openweight women. She is also recognized as a founder of the WeCanRow (WomenEnduringCANcerRow) program, founded in Boston in 2002; and her continues to support independent city programs nationwide by giving clinics to introduce breast cancer survivors to sweep rowing.

Jai Mitchell, Capital Rowing Club
Jai led Capital’s largest group to date to the Bayada Regatta, where his athletes earned the most medals of all participating clubs. Each one of the rowers improved their times from last year’s Bayada Regatta due to the dedicated coaching he provided throughout the year. He has greatly contributed to the increased participation of adaptive athletes in the DMV (District, Maryland, and Virginia) area in the sport of rowing, assisting in the team growth from thirteen active participants to twenty-two active participants over the past year.

Tom Siddall, Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club
Although Tom has many success stories with masters, it may be best to use a singular example. In the 3 years that Tom has been the masters coach at Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club, his focus has been numbers-driven, utilizing a continuous monitoring system that has one 70 year old member continually dropping splits. Getting continuous personal records (PRs) from athletes at an age where plateau is supposed to be well established is proof that not only that his program works, but his commitment to masters rowing is noteworthy.

Patricia Tirone, Delta Sculling Center
Pat is the founder and has been head coach at Delta Sculling Center since its inception 5 years ago and is a pioneer advocating for adaptive rowing on the West coast. She accompanies military veterans to indoor rowing championships  and was invited along with a single sculler with bilateral above the knee amputation, to the USRowing/FISA/Agitos Para-rowing Camp in Sarasota-Bradenton, where she coached rowers from several countries at the international camp. Many of Pat’s novice and former sweep masters scullers are now competing and winning medals at many California regattas. She has ensured that rowing is a more inclusive sport in California and is determined that the inclusive intent of the Americans with Disabilities Act is being carried out in rowing venues throughout California and elsewhere.

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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