gROWth Team Tops 2016 Member Initiatives


gROWth TeamA rowing “think tank” of sorts, the gROWth Team is a diverse team representative of USRowing membership, including junior/scholastic, collegiate, and masters coaches, administrators and athletes from across the country recognized as visionaries, leaders and advocates of the sport. Launched early 2016, this team provides insight, reflection and engagement in a variety of programs and services supporting the growth of rowing.

Among the goals for the gROWth Team include recommendations on programming and resource development priorities for the next 3 years, identification of strategic partnerships and community engagement opportunities, as well as proposed improvements to the USRowing committee structure. 

In support of these goals, team members will also address four key areas:

  • Improving technology - streamline and simplify membership registration/renewal and waiver-signing process.

  • Expanding coaching education offerings to coaches at all levels of the sport.

  • Strengthening the referee pool through education and recruitment.

  • Supporting our organizations with resources focused on club and event best practices

Members of the gROWth Team include - 
  • Zohar Abramovitz – Head Coach - Marina Aquatic Center, US Junior National Team Development Coach 
  • Sandy Armstrong – Executive Director and Women's Coach - Marin Rowing Association, US Junior National Team Coach, 
  • Rick Brown – Executive Director and Head Coach - Ashland Rowing Cub, US Junior National Team Coach,
  • Chris Chase – Saratoga Rowing Association - Regatta Director and novice coach
  • Gregg Hartsuff – Head Coach - University of Michigan Mens’ Crew, former ACRA founder and president,
  • Eric Houston – Head Coach - Kent School, President - NEIRA,
  • Dorothy Lazor – VASRA President, Regatta Director, Referee, former Prince William County/Oxford Boathouse board,
  • Bonnie Mueller – Secretary - Schuylkill Navy, co-founder - Whitemarsh Rowing Club, Hay Group consultant
  • Larry Muri – NYSSRA president, Head Coach Fordham Prep 
  • Dan Newman – USRowing Board, Former FSSRA president 
  • Leslie Pfeil – PSRA president, NSRA president, referee,
  • Susan Smith – USRowing, Director of Member Services and Programs,
  • Margot Zalkind – Executive Director – Foundation for Rowing Education, former president of Saugatuck Boat Club 

Recent Meetings

gROWth Team Kickoff Meeting
03/07/2016 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM
Team members were welcomed by CEO Glenn Merry video, reviewed goals for the team, success metrics, and expectations of members; shared data from 2015 website survey; and discussed general next steps for obtaining feedback from members. 

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