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

by Sarah Marshall | Feb 10, 2016
The Institute for Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing, Inc. along with the national governing body for rowing in the United States, USRowing, today announced the early decision members of the Class of 2017- Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership program.

Brighton, MA — The Institute for Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing, Inc. alongCRIIRL with the national governing body for rowing in the United States, USRowing, today announced the early decision members of the Class of 2017- Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership program. Three fellows have been accepted for the Class of 2017, the sixth to join the IRL. This class will join four previous classes of alumni changing lives through rowing while working in capacities throughout the rowing world and a fifth class of fellows on pace to graduate in June.

The early application pool was one of the most competitive to date with three women selected and enrolled as members of the Class of 2017, with all united by their passion for the life changing impact that rowing has had for them and will for those they coach. 

Glenn Merry, CEO of USRowing said, “What the IRL is offering its fellows is unprecedented among our rowing community. Furthermore, I am very excited to see three female fellows excited to invest in themselves as leaders already enrolled for the Class of 2017. USRowing believes that this type of education, leadership development, and hands on training is critical to the development of the sport within our country. With a high demand for qualified coaches throughout the country, the IRL gives an opportunity to develop those looking to fill those needs.”

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, coaching with world-class coaches in youth, collegiate, and pre-elite level rowing programs on the Charles River and throughout Boston.

“Every year selecting fellows from the applicant pool is a difficult process as there are always talented applicants that are not offered admission”, said CRI Director of Coaching Education Matt Lehrer. “We could not be more excited to have these three talented women joining the program as each brings a unique perspective. Our sport needs strong leadership at all levels and I am looking forward to seeing the passion of this group channeled to change lives for the rest of their coaching careers. We look forward to adding more fellows to complete the Class of 2017 at the March deadline to serve as leaders in the rowing community for many years to come.”

The IRL Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership program accepts applications twice annually with a regular admission deadline of March 14th, 2016 and a deadline for early decision applicants in January. More information on the program, course structure, instructors, and application details can be found online at 

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 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, and 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. In addition, 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 | 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 to urban youth, health and fitness programs to physically and mentally challenged members of the community, 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 | 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 75,000 individual members and 1,200 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners.
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