Coach Jay Coffman
US Rowing Level 2 Rowing Coach
Rowing is such a great sport that I believe anyone that wants to learn should be able to. Beginning rowers will be taught the basics of rowing. They will also learn the various parts of the equipment, how to load and unload the boat trailer, how to fix equipment and will learn all the facets it takes to run a successful program. They will be brought up to speed quickly and can expect to be rowing by their second day at the lake. As they progress in their learning, I believe they learn best by a combination of my coaching and by rowing with experienced rowers. This is not only good for the beginner, but it is also good for the seasoned rower. There is much to be learned by teaching new people. Experienced rowers benefit by being able to pass along their experiences as well as making the beginners feel that they can contribute to the program.
My job for the Juniors program is not only to teach the basics of rowing and improving the experienced rowers form, but also to help all of them see how teamwork, care for equipment and the decisions they make also apply to real life. Working with and for each other are attributes that will translate well in the working world. Caring for the equipment teaches how preservation can save resources thus allowing funds to be spent on new technology instead of having to always repair existing equipment. The positive decisions they make (i.e. attendance, attitude and respect) helps them respect others and enable the team to build instead of always starting from zero.
Not only do the juniors benefit from consistently rowing with a select group (a women’s quad) they can also benefit from rowing in different seats and boats. It is my job to make the boats that will provide the fastest times and find the best selection that works well together. With that in mind, I reserve the ability to determine daily lineups. Learning to be flexible is another desirable attribute in the real world and should not be seen as a reason for angst but rather as a chance to grow and learn.