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USRowing and the Institute for Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing, Inc., announce new members of the Class of 2017

by Allison Müller, allison@usrowing.org | Apr 18, 2016
The Institute for Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing, Inc. along with the national governing body for rowing in the United States, USRowing, announces the members of the Class of 2017- Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership program. Ten Fellows have been accepted for the Class of 2017, the sixth and largest class to join the IRL. This class will join four (soon to be five) previous classes of alumni changing lives through rowing.

IRL.Logo186.BlkEdgeBrighton, Mass. — The Institute for Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing, Inc. along with the national governing body for rowing in the United States, USRowing, announces the members of the Class of 2017- Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership program. Ten Fellows have been accepted for the Class of 2017, the sixth and largest class to join the IRL. This class will join four (soon to be five) previous classes of alumni changing lives through rowing.

The application pool was the most competitive to date with six women and four men have been selected from this pool and enrolled as members of the Class of 2017.

  • Vicky Babson - UCLA
  • Sam Casto - University of Virginia
  • Logan Jester - Williams College
  • Joe Lake - Bowdoin College
  • Priscilla Livingston - University of Michigan
  • Katie Muench - University of Wisconsin
  • Marysa Semprebon - Colorado State University
  • Bob Sheetz - Northeastern University
  • Stephanie Weiner - University of New Hampshire
  • JJ Zhou - Tufts University

“The Institute for Rowing Leadership offers unique opportunities and resources to advance coaching in our community,” said Glenn Merry, CEO of USRowing. “Coaching education, leadership development and hands-on training are critical elements needed to positively engage and retain the next generation of athletes interested in our sport.

“This year, I was especially happy to see a purposeful interest from the IRL admissions committee in recruiting and selecting qualified candidates that included gender diversity. One of the strengths of rowing in the United States has been the growth, to equal participation, in the number of female athletes. However, we need greater female representation in our leadership, coach and administrator roles to fully realize the benefit of gender equality for rowing.”

The Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership program is a twelve-month, intensive “active learning” experience. Fellows attend daily classes taught by top-level instructors and coaches from universities including Harvard University, Brown University, Boston University, and Northeastern University. Before and after classes each day, fellows put their knowledge into practice through a mentored assistant coach program. The fellows work with world-class coaches in youth, collegiate, and pre-elite level rowing programs on the Charles River and throughout Boston.

Matt Lehrer, the CRI Director of Coaching Education, commented on the Class of 2017, “With the strongest application pool to date, we were in a position to accept our largest IRL class yet. Not only did we have a higher number of applicants, but the quality of applicant was also more competitive. We are very excited to bring such a diverse and experienced group of aspiring leaders. In particular, with the growth in women’s rowing, we are thrilled that the Class of 2017 accurately reflects the landscape of modern rowing.

More information on the program, course structure, instructors, and application details can be found online at www.IRLatCRI.org.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE FOR ROWING LEADERSHIP (IRL@CRI)
The Institute for Rowing Leadership, based in Brighton, MA, at Community Rowing Inc., is a one of a kind opportunity for aspiring leaders in rowing to study and share knowledge. As the only sport specific graduate level education program in the USA, the IRL provides an intensive yearlong post-graduate fellowship program for selected applicants seeking the Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership. The IRL fellowship program has a curriculum based on both academic and experiential learning methodologies with fellows spending 16-20 hours a week in the classroom learning from Boston-area professors, coaches and professionals, in addition, they spend 16-20 hours a week on-the-water coaching and implementing lessons learned in the classroom. The IRL identifies and develops future leaders for the sport equipping fellows with leadership and management training as well as the highest level of technical knowledge about the sport of rowing. Further, the IRL provides additional community wide learning opportunities for continued professional development through monthly Coaching Education Series events highlighted by the annual ‘What Works’ Summit held each February. Additional information may be found at www.IRLatCRI.org | Twitter: @IRLatCRI |

ABOUT COMMUNITY ROWING, INC.
Rowing changes lives. At Community Rowing Inc. (CRI), the largest nonprofit rowing organization in the United States serves more than 7,000 rowers annually based in Brighton, MA; we are dedicated to fostering a community that is both welcoming and supportive. Under the banner of “Rowing for All," we make rowing accessible without regard to individual ability, background or experience with a range of programs for beginners, recreational rowers, and competitive athletes. CRI promotes health and fitness for the entire greater Boston community, delivering after-school programs for the urban youth, health and fitness programs to physically and mentally challenged, and learn-to-row programming for youth and adults. CRI was founded in 1985 by a group of Olympic and National Team rowers with the goal of widening the circle of rowing and securing public access for the sport on the Charles River. Today, the organization has over 40 programs and a fleet of more than 105 sweep and sculling shells. Additional information may be found at www.communityrowing.org | Twitter: @CRIBoston | Facebook: Community-Rowing-Inc-CRI

ABOUT USROWING
USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 85,000 individual members and 1,300 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners. Additional information may be found at www.usrowing.org | Twitter: @USRowing | Instagram: @usrowing | YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/usrowingorg | Facebook: www.facebook.com/USRowing

For more information, please contact:

Matt Lehrer, CRI Director of Coaching Education, 617.634.9527,
matt.lehrer@communityrowing.org

Allison Müller, USRowing Director of Communications, 609.751.0710, Allison@usrowing.org

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