Welcome back!! Another year has passed, training has happened, boats have raced….and once again, we all realize that we can still improve as Coaches. We ask our athletes to constantly strive for excellence, and therefore should hold ourselves to the same level of expectation. This year’s Conference is filled with amazing Speakers and topics. Below, you will find a quick resume and synopsis of their presentation(s). On the sheets that follow, please find details about the Conference itself (Schedule of Presentations, Food, Housing, Directions, etc.)
Obviously, no introduction is need for “Korzo”. He has coached National Teams for the US, Canada, Italy, China, The Netherlands, (among others) since 1972. In recent years, as the USRA Director of Coaching Education, he has endeavored to restructure/revamp the System. This includes rewriting the Level I, II, and III Coaching Manuals & Programs.
1. Coaching Eye: Sculling Technique 2. Coaching Eye: Sweep Technique
Coach McArthur is well-‐known in the world of British Rowing. He is most recognized as the author of High Performance Rowing; a book widely circulated in many countries. Coach McArthur has had an even greater impact as serving as a mentor to young coaches throughout England. His job description allowed him to be stationed with a Club (by the ARA) for a season to solidify the staff, before moving on to the next team. In this manner, he has been instrumental in helping lay the foundation for competent coaching across England.
1. Coaching Eye: Sculling Technique 2. Mentoring Young Coaches
It is worth highlighting that he has coached athletes to the U23 and senior worlds champs, won at Lucerne, etc, tons of national wins, National schools medals and have won events at both men’s and women’s Henley regattas. He has coached in Hong Kong, New Zealand and the UK. Wrote a book, Has a Master’s degree in Sports Science. Re- wrote the British Rowing Association's Coach Education Program. Currently coaching J16/18 kids at a posh school in London whilst mentoring some coaches there.
Coach Eidson is a Football Coach from the legendary De LaSalle staff. This team had an amazing 151 game win streak, and went undefeated for 12 years – an unprecedented streak in any sport, at any level. The ability of these coaches to create such excellence for so long, is unparalleled in HS sports. Their story was first written into a Book, and subsequently, into a movie. If you haven’t read When the Game Stands Tall, you’ve missed out on an opportunity to grow as a coach.
1. (Key Note Speaker) – Creating Excellence 2. Empowering the Athletes to Create the Right Culture
Sergei Beliaev PH.D
Founder and current President of Super Sport Systems LLC, has knowledge of both Russian sports science and American management and coaching styles. Former national level cyclist, he graduated from Moscow State Institute of Physical Education and has vast research and coaching experience working with elite athletes both in Russia and in the US. He adopted “Training Optimization Program” (TOP ™) in preparation of his athletes and clients.
1. Effective Season Planning: This in depth study will highlight the criteria, goals, selection, and the sequence of planning.
2. “Progressive multi-‐annual development of young athletes: the role and methods for special endurance component development:” Sergei using his expansive and multi-‐sport experience will develop in detail the methodology of special endurance.
Mr. King has been building boats from 1965. His craftsmanship, and the quality of his creations make him one of the premier boat makers in the world today. Graeme brings decades of experiences & knowledge to the Conference.
http://www.kingracingshells.com/king-‐designs/ 1. Boat Designs and Why shapes are what they are
2. Boat-‐making Materials & what each brings.
Coach Hargis is the current Head Coach of the USA Junior National Team. He has grown the JNT to include many layers from Jr B Development to the Selection Team that represents the Red-‐White-‐Blue at Junior Worlds. Coach Hargus will be presenting on several topics.
1. Long Term Athlete Development 2. Coaching Ethics
3. (Key Note Topic) The JNT year in Review + Q & A
Coach Catalano is the Executive Director of Saratoga Rowing as well as the Head Coach of the Women’s Team. After a stint at Radcliffe (Lightweights), he returned to the SRA in 2006. “Cat” was the Women’s JNT Development Coach in the early 2000’s. He is
exceptional with rigging & on-‐water drills (and maybe a few other things). His presentations will be quite informative.
1. Rigging 101 – Free Speed, if you do it right 2. Drill Sets: Effective Use of Drills on the Water
Coach Byrnes was the long-‐time Head Coach of the Oakland Strokes (until recently). Under Derek, his Women’s boats dominated Junior Competitions. His presentations will be about the Sweep rowing stroke; and a blueprint for winning the Youth National Championships.
1. Winning the YNC – the simple plan
2. Coaching Eye: Sweep Technique & Triangles (the Catch)
Easily one of the best looking coaches in America, Casey brings a great deal of knowledge to the Conference. He has built Sarasota RA into a powerhouse team in the US, created National Team Athletes, and helped a city jump into the forefront of rowing in America.
1. Managing Race Week – The Details of Finishing the Plan!
2. Creating a Cohesive Coaching Staff
3. Coaching Eye: Sweep Technique (the Drive Sequence)
Coach Glavin is one of the Premier HS coaches in America, at one of the Premier Programs – St. Joe’s Prep. Jim has been a major contributor since the early 1970’s at programs from Mount St. Joseph’s Academy, Vesper BC, and “the Prep” (among others).
1. Creating a Cohesive Coaching Staff & Team Vision 2. Coaching Eye: Sweep Technique (the Release Sequence)
Masters Head Coach, and has just started a new Junior Program. Previously, Boris has coached at Wayland-‐Weston and West Side.
1. Coaching Eye: Sweep Technique
Coach Curren was the long-‐time Head Coach of the CRI Junior Women’s Team. His accomplishments as a Junior Coach are well-‐known.
1. Selecting the Crew: How to fill the seats correctly 2. Coaching Novice Rowers: Where to start & How
3. Coaching Eye: Sweep Technique (the “Catch” Sequence)
Marc Mandel began coaching in 1999 and has been the head coach at Gonzaga College High School (DC) since the fall of 2008. At Gonzaga his Senior 8 crews have won multiple Stotesbury Cup and S.R.A.A. Championships. Marc has also served as the Freshman Men's Heavyweight Coach at Georgetown and the Head Men's Coach at Florida Institute of Technology, where the program earned a silver medal in the Varsity 8 at the Dad Vail Championships. Marc graduated from Northwestern University and earned his MBA from Georgetown.
1. The Gonzaga Blueprint: Thoughts on Building a Competitive Scholastic Program" This presentation will chronicle the evolution of the Gonzaga Crew. From teaching to training to racing and beyond, we will examine all aspects of the program to identify the core principles that have led to the team's recent success over the past several years. Specific emphasis will be placed on how we have addressed our most significant challenges and learned from our mistakes.
2. "From the First to the Fourth Boat: Developing a Framework for Teaching a Uniform Style across your Program."
Coaches place significant emphasis on designing and implementing training programs that focus on athletes’ physiological development. Often lost in the process of developing erg scores is a structured plan for teaching the rowing stroke over an athlete's junior career. Mapping out what to emphasize technically, when in the learning process to emphasize it, and how to teach it will produce more efficient athletes and improved results for a program over the long-term. This presentation will demonstrate a step-by-step process for structuring how you teach your vision of the rowing stroke. We will conclude with videos of specific drills we use to teach our points at Gonzaga.
Coach Valeria trained in, and competed for Bulgaria. She currently coaches at Radnor HS. 1. How to develop a Training Program (for young coaches)
Jim Lister is currently the International Recruiter for Syracuse University Women’s Rowing. Previously he was the recruiting coordinator for Duke University for the last 5 years of his 10 year tenure. Previous to his collegiate career, he was the junior coach at Saratoga Rowing Association when the program was just beginning. He also had the opportunity to coach at various camps including Craftsbury and most recently the USRowing U23 Pre-‐Elite Sculling Camp for the past 2 summers. He has also served at the U23 Team Manager in 2008
and 2009. Lastly, he worked at two boat building facilities, including Van Dusen Racing Shells. 1. Recruiting: Helping your athlete find the right fit.
ROWGA is a program that was developed specifically for rowers to help prevent injuries, by increasing flexibility and strengthening specific parts of the body. The program combines prolonged isometric yoga poses, body weight resistance movements, and balance positions. It is used in addition to a traditional rowing, erg and weight program to help avoid overuse injuries from the receptive rowing stroke. It also improves the core strength needed to maintain proper technique
during weight lifting and rowing. This session will provide you with all the tools necessary to start a weekly program with your club tomorrow, the content is also available free online so you can re-watch it and share it with your athletes directly.
Presenter: Zach Plug, DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy from D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY), Coach and PT for Brock University Rowing
Coach Davis was the long-‐time coach of the St. Paul’s School. He coached 10 Olympians, and 30 National Team members. He is the recipient of the “Rings of Gold Award”, and currently writes a column for the
Rowing News: “Ask the Coach”.
1. Ingredients for a Successful Program – The basics of Excellence
Dr. Matt Chase
Coach Chase is the Head Coach of the Westerville Crew. He is also comes with some incredible, medical background. Coach Chase has tracked his lactate tests for years and come to the conclusion that most rowing coaches don’t train correctly. He will talk about training and intensity, and what he has found works best for Junior Athletes.
Discussion revolves around using lactate testing as an aid to developing endurance. His athletes have repeatedly achieved Grand Final finishes at Youths and Club Nationals using lactates to prescribe exercise intensities. Coach Matt will review his methods and data to support the concept that each athlete has an exact steady state intensity that elicits the greatest endurance training benefit.
Coach Groom is the Head Coach at Seattle Rowing Center, a rowing club devoted to youth through elite development on Lake Washington's Ship Canal in Seattle,
Washington. As an athlete, he was an Olympian & a 9-‐time National Team member. He is the Coach of the JNT – Men’s Sculling.
1. Coaching Eye: Sculling Technique
Prior to a brief stint with Marietta College, Coach Delgado was the head novice men’s coach at Ithaca College from 2007-‐2012. During his 5 years as assistant coach, the varsity 8 medaled 4 out of the 5 years at the New York State Collegiate Championship, winning the gold medal in 2009 and 2012. Additionally, his freshmen 8+ finished 3rd at the 2011 ECAC National Invitational Regatta.
Coach Delgado rowed at Ithaca College from 2003-‐2007, rowing in the varsity 8+ for two years. He was named co-‐commodore for the 2006-‐2007 season and won the most valuable oarsmen award in 2007. In addition to his coaching experience, Coach Delgado has experience working at non-‐profits as a personal fitness coach for the YMCA of Ithaca, owned and operated his own sport psychology company, and consulted with the Ithaca College women’s basketball team, which won the league championships in 2012 and 2013.
1. Defining & Developing Mental Toughness: Through qualitative research with collegiate national champions and Olympic gold medalists, and with the support of previous research, Coach Manny Delgado has been able to identify the mental characteristics that contribute to success on the highest levels. With these traits clearly identified, there are steps you can take to help your athletes develop mental toughness in order to perform their best when it’s needed most.