USRowing Welcomes More Than 300 Level 2 Coaching Candidates During Off-Season

With more than 300 coaches across the country participating in 16 different Level 2 coaching clinics, USRowing recently completed one of its most successful coaching education winters to date.

Held throughout the country, USRowing’s Level 2 coaching clinics provide members the education, experience, and qualifications needed to complete their Level 2 coaching certification.

“The quality of the coaching curriculum, the quality of our instructors, and the coaching manual are very strong points of the course,” said Kris Korzeniowski, USRowing’s Director of Coaching Education. “Our curriculum is designed in consultation with highly successful coaches and reflects how, and why, the best coaches in the country do what they do. All of the top college and national team coaches use the knowledge within the scope of our Level 2 program.”

The program’s foundation comes from the USRowing Level 2 Coaching Certification Manual, written by Korzeniowski.

“I believe the USRowing Level 2 manual is the most comprehensive tool ever written for rowing education,” said Mike Teti, who currently serves as men’s head coach at the University of California and will be taking over the same position with the U.S. National Team in June. “From technique to rigging to training, safety and nutrition, all of the answers are there. It’s the only book I carry with me every day.”

Korzeniowski has created a certification program of which all coaches should take advantage.

“I just wanted to reach out and say thanks for all the hard work setting up this incredible clinic. It’s just what Rochester has been needing, as we begin to grow our coaching base all over the river and the canal.” – Anonymous Level 2 Candidate

Just want to say I enjoyed the clinic. It was informative, entertaining, and I think everyone left the room feeling like they learned a few new tricks for their coaching. Having you as our instructor gave me a more holistic view of rowing and coaching as well – how to foster diversity and inclusion, the pitfalls of rowing, how to not get canned over safety, to not go it alone as a coach and connect with peers.” – Level 2 Candidate.

In order to complete Level 2 Coaching Certification, candidates attend a day-and-a-half clinic with a certified instructor, pass an administered test, and complete a minimum of 20 hours of mentoring with an experienced, varsity coach.

While fulfilling the required mentoring hours to complete certification can take candidates some time, summer programs offer numerous opportunities for mentoring hours. Through USRowing’s training camps, high performance camps, development camps and summer national team programs, there are countless coaches available for mentoring hours who are willing to help. The community is one of support, and candidates who need to complete their mentoring requirements should reach out for some time in a launch.

Coaches interested in attending a Level 2 clinic should scroll to the bottom of the Coaching Clinic Overview page to see USRowing’s current offerings. Most Level 2 Coaching Clinics are offered in the winter or spring, prior to racing season, or in the fall. For an overview of USRowing’s Coaching Education and Certification Program, click here.

Organizations interested in hosting a clinic should contact Willie Black at or (317) 450 3229. To host a clinic, organizations need to provide a suitable space, ergs or rowing tanks, boats to rig, and the core group of participants. USRowing will provide an instructor and materials, handle all registration and finances, and help advertise the clinic to rowing clubs in the region. Clinics require a minimum of 10 participants. For more information, click here.

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