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McElhenney and Snyder Featured at Temple University Coxswain Clinic February 4

January 09, 2012

The first time Temple University men’s coach Gavin White hosted a coxswain’s clinic, he nearly ran out of seats.

“I think we had 300 kids show up,” White said. “One hundred and seventy showed up the day of the clinic and we had lines going down the hall at the Holiday Inn on City Avenue, and then out the door and halfway around the building,” he said. “We just kept adding chairs and piling people in.”

That was nine years ago and the size of the group has stayed under 100 in the following seasons. But the clinic remains popular and is scheduled to take place again at Temple on February 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature 2009 world champion coxswain Katelin Snyder and nine-time national team and Beijing Olympic bronze medalist Marcus McElhenney.

Snyder, who is now an assistant rowing coach at Loyola Marymount University, won a gold medal at the 2009 World Championships in Poznan. She also won gold medals in 2006 and 2008, and bronze in 2007 at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships.

McElhenney, who has been a member of nine U.S. teams, won a bronze medal in the men’s eight at the 2008 Olympics Games, gold in the men’s pair with coxswain at the 2009 World Rowing Championships and, most recently, coxed the U.S. men’s eight to a gold medal at the 2011 Pam American Games.

Sponsored by Nielsen-Kellerman Co., the clinic is set to take place in the Kiva Auditorium on the Temple campus and will cover safety, steering, motivation, racing as well as other aspects of the coxswain position. In addition to the clinic, small group sessions with Snyder and McElhenny will take place from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

The online registration price for the clinic is $90 per person, while registration at the door is $100. The small group session in the afternoon, featuring Snyder and McElhenny, is $50 per person. To register for the afternoon session, individuals must also be registered for the morning clinic. The clinic is open to coxswains of all ages and competitive levels.

“We’ve had coxswains who are kids who are 12 and 13 years old and come with their parents, and we’ve had master’s coxswains who are 40 and 50,” White said. “It covers everyone, and I think that anyone who comes picks something up.”

 To register online, visit

Ed Moran

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