How to Turn Your Program Around

by Kris Korzeniowski, | Feb 22, 2016
Coaching a successful program isn't easy, but with the right goals and strong leadership, winners can be made. Check out this library of coaching videos from some of the top coaches in the country to learn how to take YOUR program to the next level.

Coaching a successful program takes more than knowing how to teach proper blade technique or how to master an efficient catch.

What is that hidden trait? It is the ability to install a winning culture into your boathouse, among your staff, and most importantly, in your athletes. It takes passion for what you do. That will lead to success in your goals.

There are countless examples of individuals who have done this, some even with multiple0216MenOTW053 programs. For example, Steve Gladstone of Yale University set winning precedents at programs like Harvard University, Brown University and University of California on two separate occasions.

Lack of recruits or talent may be an easy excuse for a poor program, but it is not a good one. While these reasons can be a factor, there are still examples of coaches with the necessary means to have a strong team who fall short with lackluster seasons.

On the other side, there are also instances like Dave O’Neill, women's head coach at University of Texas, who has moved into a stagnant program and created a competitive crew in just a few, short months.

Leadership, not special tests or biomechanics, separates the great coaches from the good ones.

Recognizing the importance of effective leadership has been a growing topic over the years at various coaching forums and presentations. While many speakers have weighed in on their approaches to formulating their perfect program, there is no “silver bullet” or “perfect plan."

After listening to Andy Teteilbaum, the head coach of the three-time national championship crew from the Ohio State University and a speaker at the 2015 USRowing Advanced Coaches Conference, another coach commented, “there was a lot of very good stuff between the lines, and I am going to use some of it.” 

Some of those “things between the lines” could be the missing link to getting your program going. With the purpose of helping coaches find solutions to their problems, USRowing has collected presentations from various conferences and forums over the years and will now make them available.

USRowing encourages coaches of all levels to take on this unique opportunity to learn directly from the best in their field. 

For a link to a list of coaching videos and DVDs, click here

For other coaching resources, click here.
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