New Coaching Education Opportunities in 2017

PRINCETON, N.J. — USRowing is proud to announce three new coaching education opportunities available in 2017. These events, taking place over the course of three months, are designed to improve coaching and help coaches to better serve their athletes.

The first installment of the coaching education series, the International Coaching Seminar, will take place in Sarasota, Fla. on October 2, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. This one-day event includes six 60-minute question and answer sessions with top international coaches from the 2017 World Rowing Championships. Similar to the U.S. collegiate system, many of these coaches work with undergraduate athletes of mid-range ability and erg scores.

Speakers include Roger Barrow (South Africa), Noel Donaldson (New Zealand), Rene Mijnders (The Netherlands), Paul Thompson (Great Britain), Josy Verdonkschot (The Netherlands) and Ian Wright (Australia). The price of this seminar is $150, and includes lunch.

Next, from November 3-5, the USRowing coaching education series will take to Princeton, N.J. for it’s Youth Symposium. Geared towards junior and high school coaches, this event will allow attendees to get on the water and observe workouts with top junior coaches and U.S. National Team coaching staff at the U.S. Olympic Training Site on Mercer Lake. The water sessions will be followed by classroom presentations and panel discussions.

Speakers for the Youth Symposium include Junior coaches Chris Chase (Saratoga Rowing Club), Cass Cunningham (Sarasota Crew), Ethan Curren (Sarasota Crew), Casey Galvanek (Sarasota Crew), Gordon Getsinger (Saugatuck Rowing Club), Val Gospodinov (Montclair HS), Jeremy Michalitsianos (Montclair HS) and Liz Trond (Connecticut Boat Club), and U.S. National Team coaches Bryan Volpenhein and Tom Terhaar. This three-day coaching education opportunity costs $375.

Finally, an Advanced Coaches Conference at the USRowing Convention will take place in Sarasota, Fla. from December 2-3. This premiere coaching education event will offer a variety of sessions for coaches of all levels, featuring several speakers including Jen Baker, Dr. Christine Brooks, Dr. Jeff Duke.

Jen Baker is the founding director of the Big Red Leadership Institute at Cornell University. She will speak about the work she has done with Cornell Athletics and its direct effect on the successes of the Cornell Lightweight Rowing Team.

Dr. Christine Brooks teaches high-performance coaching and skill acquisition at the University of Florida. Dr. Brooks will discuss the physiological development of the athlete and strategies rowing coaches can use to maximize long-term performance potential.

Dr. Jeff Duke is a leading expert on cultural influences in the coaching profession. His methodology allows coaches to improve upon a style that produces the ultimate athletic performance.

Other notable speakers at the Advanced Coaches Conference are Yaz Farooq (University of Washington), Steve Gladstone (Yale University), Chris Kerber (Cornell University), Andy Teitelbaum (The Ohio State University), Mike Teti (University of California), Lori Dauphiny (Princeton University), Casey Galvanek (Sarasota Crew), Marc Mandel (Gonzaga College HS), Larry Gluckman, Marc Nowak and U.S. National Team coaches Bryan Volpenhein and Tom Terhaar. The cost of this conference is $375.

Those interested in attending any of these installments of the USRowing coaching education opportunities can register at

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