JOY OF SCULLING COACHES’ CONFERENCE

Friday, December 8 – Sunday, December 10, 2017
Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The 25th Annual Joy of Sculling Coaches’ Conference will take place in Saratoga, NY from Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10, 2017. Coaches from all levels from Juniors to Masters are invited to attend, engage in the dialogue, share and enjoy an educational weekend.

SCHEDULE

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Friday, December 8th

1-2:30 p.m. – Special Sessions

  • Bohrer – The Entry [Broadway 1]
  • DeLeo – Injury Prevention: Building Spine Stability [Broadway 2]
  • Foglia – Building a Training Program [Broadway 3]
  • Spillane – Create a Culture of Accountability [Broadway 4]

2:30-2:45 p.m. – Coffee Break [Gallery]

2:45-4:15 p.m. – Special Sessions

  • Davenport – Rigging for Different Rowers, in the Same Boat [Broadway 1]
  • Metcalf – Making Drills Stick [Broadway 2]
  • Muri – The Intersection of Sweep and Sculling [Broadway 3]
  • Spillane – How to Get Buy In and Create a Culture of Accountability [Broadway 4]

4:30-5:30 p.m. – Light Dinner for Special Session Attendees [Alabama/Travers]

5:40-6:50 p.m. – Conference Opening and Introduction: Keynote Address by Peter Shmock, A New Paradigm for Attaining and Sustaining Athletic Excellence [Broadway Ballroom]

6:50-7:15 p.m. – Coffee Break [Gallery]

7:15-8:35 p.m. – Workshop Sessions #1

  • Bryans – Keeping a Positive Team Culture in a Competitive Environment [Broadway 1]
  • Gestsinger – Team Culture: Part Two [Alabama]
  • Hughes – Change, How Does it Happen or Why Can’t That Guy Change? [Broadway 3]
  • King – The Coxswain as Leader [Broadway 4]
  • Morris – Sustaining Success in High School Rowers by Coaching the Whole Athlete [Travers]
  • Nolte – Untangle Coaching Myths [Broadway 2]
  • Volpenhein – Lessons from a Post-Olympic Year [High Rock]

8:35-9:35 p.m. – Wine & Cheese Social: Sponsored by Wild Oar Crew [Gallery]

Saturday, December 9th

6:30-7:30 a.m. – Optional Yoga [Saratoga 1]

8:30-9:50 a.m. – Workshop Sessions #2

  • Davenport – When the Weather Changes, Does Your Rigging? [Broadway 1]
  • Maglischo – Heart Rate Variability – A better way to Monitor Training Fatigue? [Broadway 3]
  • Mandel – Developing a Framework for Teaching the Rowing Stroke [Broadway 4]
  • Morris – Sustaining Success in High School Rowers by Coaching the Whole Athlete [Travers]
  • Muri – The Intersection of Sweep and Sculling [Alabama]
  • Nolte –  Does ‘Ergo-Power’ Always Equal a Faster Boat? [Broadway 2]
  • Shmock – Accessing the Power of the Center of the Body: How to use breath and an organized skeletal alignment to create more energy and power in rowing. [High Rock]

9:50-10:30 a.m. – Coffee Break [Gallery]

10:30- 11:50 a.m. – Workshop Sessions #3

  • Bohrer – The Entry [Broadway 1]
  • Bryans – Coaching Leadership vs Coaching Management [Travers]
  • Foglia – Building a Training Program [Broadway 3]
  • Kraus – Expanding Access to Rowing in Under-Resourced Communities [Broadway 4]
  • Nolte – Balance [Broadway 2]
  • Volpenhein – Less, but Better: Avoiding distractions and focusing on the necessities that make the boat faster [Alabama]
  • Whittier – Transforming Intent Into Action During Dry Land Practices [High Rock]

11:50-12:50 p.m. – Technology Corner

  • HudsonHudson Boat Works: Partnering in Performance [Broadway 1]
    Get a clear look at how Hudson supports coaches and athletes alike through biomechanics analysis and what you can do to improve your decision making processes.
  • Wild Oar CrewWild Oar [Broadway 2]
    A custom technical apparel company, pursuing reduced injury and enhanced performance using biomechanics wearables and algorithms developed by NASA and MIT PhDs. We are working with coaches, like you, to help mold the interface and metrics of our device, so this interactive discussion is about what’s most important TO YOU.
  • Concept2Concept2 BikeErg: Q & A with Dick Dreissigacker [Broadway 3]
    The Concept2 BikeErg is the latest addition to our family of sport-based ergometers. The BikeErg has the same flywheel and Performance Monitor as our Concept2 Indoor Rowers and SkiErgs, bringing to cycling the strengths and features we’ve previously brought to rowing and cross-country skiing.

12:50-3:00 p.m. – Lunch (catered) and Annual Coaching Awards (included for all attendees) [Saratoga Ballroom]

3:00-4:20 p.m. – Workshop Sessions #4

  • Bancheri – The GVSU Periodization Program [Broadway 1]
  • Kraus – Expanding Access to Rowing in Under-Resourced Communities [Broadway 3]
  • Levenson – Win the Moment [Broadway 4]
  • Mandel – Motivating Junior Athletes [Travers]
  • Metcalf – Making Drills Stick [Alabama]
  • Nolte – The Importance of Stroke Length and How to Maintain It at Higher Ratings [Broadway 2]
  • Whittier – Transforming Intent Into Action During Dry Land Practices [High Rock]

4:50-6 p.m. – Coach’s Roundtable
To help foster the sharing of ideas and to create a space for open dialog, we are adding a new feature to this year’s conference, the Coach’s Roundtable. The roundtable will be an open forum lead by one presenter and have at the most twenty attendees. The topics are left up to the group and everyone is encouraged to participate in the discussion. Rooms will be set up with the seats in a circle to help promote discussion. There will only be 21 seats in each room, once those seats are full please respect that space and move to another room. There will be no signing up in advance, this will be a first come first serve basis.

  • Jim Joy – The Two Wholes
: The Old Scullers’ Movements [High Rock]
  • Bryans [Broadway 1]
  • Davenport [Broadway 2]
  • DeLeo [Broadway 3]
  • Foglia [Broadway 4]
  • Hughes [Alabama]
  • Gestinger [Travers]
  • Mandel [Phila]
  • Metcalf [Boardroom]
  • Volpenhein [Whitney]

6:05-7:05 p.m. – Beer Social: Sponsored by Nielsen-Kellerman [Gallery]

Sunday, December 10th

7:30-8 a.m. – Coffee Break [Gallery]

8-9:20 a.m. – Workshop Sessions #5

  • Byrans – Keeping a Positive Team Culture in a Competitive Environment [Broadway 1]
  • King – The Coxswain as Leader [Alabama]
  • Levenson – Win the Moment [Broadway 3]
  • Mandel – Developing a Framework for Teaching the Rowing Stroke [Broadway 4]
  • Metclaf – Coach Burnout [Travers]
  • Nolte – Untangle Coaching Myths [Broadway 2]
  • Volpenehim – Lessons from a Post-Olympic Year [High Rock]

9:25-10:45 a.m. – Workshop Sessions #6

  • Bancheri – Periodization of Technique [Broadway 1]
  • DeLeo – Developing a Strength Training Program for High School/Universities on Limited Resources [Broadway 3]
  • Foglia – Life Lessons of an Assistant Coach [Broadway 4]
  • Gestsinger – Team Culture: Part Two [Travers]
  • Hughes – Change, How Does it Happen or Why Can’t That Guy Change? [Alabama]
  • Maglischo – Suggestions for Cycling Training throughout the Week [High Rock]
  • Nolte – The Importance of Stroke Length and How to Maintain It at Higher Ratings [Broadway 2]

Sponsors

HGA JLRacingRollerlockVespoliWinTech Racing

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES

To advance the programming of Integral Coaching at every opportunity in our powers is the major objective for this Conference. It is an effective way to proceed to insure the effectiveness of the athlete’s progress in sport and in life. To this end we have programmed Mental training, Physiological Training, Technical Training components into the program for this year’s Conference.

With this system in mind the presenters are encouraged to make a holistic presentation and the participants are encouraged to receive and weave the material from each session into a holistic pattern for their coaching. So it becomes a truly Integral approach to coaching.

Coaches from all levels from Juniors to Masters are invited to attend, engage in the dialogue, share and enjoy an educational weekend at the Joy of Sculling Conference. This year we are particularly pleased to offer presentations that will benefit and stimulate Head Coaches. It would be an excellent weekend for Head Coaches to refresh themselves. This is sizing up to be an exciting weekend full of information that you can use on Monday morning.

This Conference Qualifies for USRA Continuing Education Credit.

 LOCATION AND ACCOMMODATIONS

The Saratoga Hilton — Hotel and Conference Center
534 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, New York, 12866

518-584-4000

Website: www.thesaratogahotel.com

Room charge is $120, single or double occupancy and is not included in conference fees.

SPEAKERS AND PRESENTATIONS

John Bancheri

Head Rowing Coach, Grand Valley State University Rowing Club

John is entering his 15th year at head coach at Grand Valley State.

The GVSU Periodization Program
The complete training program and year long process for a competitive intercollegiate “Club” rowing team. This session will focus on the five phases in developing a “varsity like” program work within the resources available. (It’s not what you have. It is what you do with what you have). Keeping in mind the purpose of coaching is to improve overall athletic performance. With a focus on developing Total Athletic Capacity (Technical Skills, Physiologic Preparation and Psychological Skills).

Periodization of Technique
Developing rowing technique utilizing a systematic training plan over the course of the season(s) in a methodical process. Using Steve Fairbairn’s principles and the idea that all sports are dynamic in that they all require, Timing, Control, Balance and Touch.


Tom Bohrer

Head Men’s Rowing Coach, Boston University

Tom is the Head Men’s Coach at Boston University and two time Olympic medalist.

The Entry
The most elusive part of the stroke.  How to coach and what drills to use to improve the entry.


Bebe Bryans

Head Women’s Rowing Coach, University of Wisconsin

Bebe is the Head Women’s Rowing Coach at the University of Wisconsin.

Creating a Positive Team Culture in a Competitive Environment
A winning culture means more than finishing first in a rowing event, but it’s crucial for creating predictable performance.  This presentation will cover ways for you to set your team up for success on and off the water, and to help you and your team bring out the best in each other.

Coach Leadership vs. Coach Management
This presentation will look at how leadership and management impact your team’s performance and culture, and ways for coaches of all levels to find success in both for a healthy, positive team environment.


Dr. Mike Davenport

Head Rowing Coach Gunston School, MD

Dr. Mike Davenport graduated from FIT in 1978, where he won several Dad Vail medals. After graduation, he was an assistant coach and was instrumental in FIT winning several national titles as well as the Dad Vail overall point trophy.

A collegiate coach for 35 years, Mike was head coach at the University at Albany and Washington College, and was named Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference (MARC) Coach of the Year in 2013, again for the second time in 2015, and for a third time in 2016. He was also named the National Coach of the Year for Division III, by the College Rowing Coaches Association.

Mike’s coaching experience extends well beyond the collegiate experience realm and onto the U.S. National Rowing Team. For two years, he was an assistant coach to the US Pre-Elite Heavyweight team. He spent the summer of 1991 in Cuba as a member of the Pan American team and was a member of the 1992-95 U.S. World Championship teams. Mike was also the boatman for the 1996 U.S. Olympic Team in Atlanta, GA.

Mike is currently the Head Rowing Coach at The Gunston School.

Rigging for different rowers, in the same boat
Do you know the most effective way to rig when you have people of different abilities, strengths, and/or skills in the same boat? Let’s discuss and learn what you should, and should not, do when differently abled rowers find themselves rowing together.

When the weather changes, does your rigging?
Everything’s perfect, and it’s going to be your best race ever. Then an hour before start, the wind picks up. It gets cold. It starts raining.  What should you do, and not do, to get the most from your rowing equipment in changing and challenging weather?


Joe DeLeo, NSCA-CSCS, FMS, SFG, SFB

Founder, LEO Training

Former rower turned strength coach

Developing a strength training program for high school/universities on limited resources.
The two limited resources to consider for most rowing teams are time and space.  Many rowing teams have a large roster of athletes and there are only a finite window of us have large teams and there are only so many windows when we can train our athletes.  Quite often, this means having lots of athletes in a session. This makes equipment an issue for most programs, even ours.  I’ll provide some suggestions for putting together a “minimalistic” strength training program around bodyweight, bands, and kettlebells.

Injury Prevention: Building Spine Stability
This presentation will be a mix of lecture and hands on where I discuss the purpose and function of the torso, what is core stability, how to train for it and buttress the spine as well as training/program design recommendations.


Jesse Foglia

Assistant Coach of Heavyweight Crew at Harvard University

Assistant coach at Harvard, U.S.A. Jr. National Team Coach

Jesse enters his second season with the Harvard men’s heavyweight crew team as an assistant coach. He will help oversee all aspects of the program after spending three years with the Columbia lightweight team. Jesse has spent the last eight years on the coaching staff of the U.S. Men’s Junior National team and was also a member of the inaugural Joy of Sculling Apprenticeship program.

Building a Training Program: Where Practicality and Science Meet
In this workshop we will look at how to best combine the practical aspects of training a team in conjunction with the scientific research that supports proper physiological development. We will look at some specific examples of how to incorporate these methods into day to day practices, how to effectively incorporate recent technological developments into a training program, and how to structure a weekly, seasonal, and yearly program that supports the proper physiological periodization with realistic implementation.

Life as an Assistant Coach: Lessons Learned
This workshop is geared for assistant coaches. Over the last 10 years I have spent the majority of my time working as an Assistant Coach for various levels and types of programs. Though each experience I have learned how to more effectively support the program vision or the head coach and create a coaching team approach. I will share some of my experience as well as cultivate a discussion about lessons learned.


Gordon Gestsinger

Head Girl’s Coach Saugatuck Rowing Club

Gordon has been the Head Girl’s Coach at Saugatuck since 2014.

Team Culture: Part Two

  • Mentor program review
  • Coxswains as an extension of the coach
  • Educating athletes on the importance of body mechanics and flexibility
  • Helping athletes identify their purpose

Greg Hughes

Head Men’s Heavyweight Rowing Coach, Princeton University

Greg is going into his ninth season as Head Men’s Heavyweight Rowing Coach at Princeton.

Changes: How to get people to change and why some can’t.
This topic will discuss why some athletes have the ability to change and why others never.


Greg King

Head Girl’s Rowing Coach, National Cathedral School

Greg is the Head coach at National Cathedral School in Washington DC and head of the TBC summer program.

Coxswain as Leader
How to you develop your coxswain to lead your team or their boat on the water.


Amanda Kraus

Executive Director of Row New York

Amanda Kraus is the executive director of Row New York. She founded the organization in 2002 in an effort to make the sport of rowing, paired with top-notch academic support, accessible to young people in NYC. In addition to her work at Row New York, she was a United States fellow to South Africa through a sports based youth development exchange. She is a regular blogger on the Huffington Post as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Amanda is the recipient of numerous awards including: 2012 Community Leadership Award winner by President Obama’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition (2012), US Rowing’s Anita DeFrantz Award (2011), US Rowing’s John J. Carlin Service Award (2008), and NYU Partnership Award for serving girls and women with disabilities.

Amanda has an MA in Education from Harvard and a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she was captain of the women’s crew team, a member of the DII National Championship boat, and a member of the Commonwealth Honors College.

Expanding Access to Rowing in Under-Resourced Communities
Row New York’s Executive Director and Founder Amanda Kraus shares how her organization recruits and retains student athletes from New York City public schools serving low-income populations. Through passionate and diverse staff, high-dosage programming, parental outreach, and building relationships with educational institutions, RNY introduces the sport of rowing to new audiences. Its success demonstrates that an emphasis on intentional support and simple kindness not only keeps participants engaged, but fundamentally changes their lives as well.


Brian Levenson

Mental Performance Coach

Brian is a mental performance coach, who developed an innovative program, Core Mental Training.

Win the Moment
A dynamic, interactive workshop that teaches, empowers and encourages coaches to win each moment. By learning tools, techniques, and concepts the attendees will be armed with invaluable information to take back to their teams.


Ernie Maglischo

Ernie spent 35 years coaching at the collegiate and club levels.

Heart Rate Variability – A better way to Monitor Training Fatigue?
Have you noticed that many elite athletes now talk about the importance of sleep and recovery.  They are wearing watches that measure the reaction of their bodies to training stress.  Most use the data from these watches to guide their training; working hard when their scores are high, and working at lower levels of effort when their score is low.  Some have even gone so far as to sit out competitions when their scores are unusually low.   These athletes are using a process that involves heart rate variability (HRV) to monitor their recovery and readiness for training. The purpose of this talk will be to define, describe and evaluate this recent process for monitoring training progress or lack of it.

Suggestions for Cycling Training throughout the week.
The purpose of this talk will be to describe the why and how of weekly dosing of more intense and less intense training.  The purpose for cycling training will be discussed with suggestions for structuring high intensity and low intensity training periods throughout the week.  Types of training that are compatible and non-compatible will be discussed together with suggestions for making the most productive use of recovery training.


Marc Mandel

Head Coach of Men’s Crew at Williams College

Marc Mandel has recently been named the head coach of the Williams College men’s crew program. He arrives at Williams with nine years of collegiate coaching experience and he most recently served as the head coach at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, D.C. (2008 to 2017).

Developing a Framework for Teaching the Rowing Stroke
This presentation will demonstrate a step-by-step process for structuring how you teach your vision of the rowing stroke. Coaches place significant emphasis on designing and implementing training programs that focus on athletes’ physiological development. Often lost in the process of developing erg scores is a structured plan for teaching the rowing stroke over an athlete’s junior career. Mapping out what to emphasize technically, when in the learning process to emphasize it, and how to teach it will produce more efficient athletes and improved results for a program over the long-term. We will conclude with videos of specific drills we use to teach our points at Gonzaga.

Motivating Junior Athletes
This session will detail how we have developed a team environment/culture that fosters a strong sense of athlete ownership of the process, pride in our program, and respectful athletes.  


Holly Metcalf

Head Women’s Rowing Coach, MIT

Holly Metcalf is in her 10th season as head coach for the MIT openweight women. She has transformed the program from a struggling Division I squad into a team that is competitive within the Eastern Sprints, as well as its new conference, the Patriot League, where the Engineers’ varsity 8 squad has regularly gained the Grand Final. Additionally, in every year under Metcalf the team has earned Public Recognition Awards from the NCAA for its exceptional academic performance.

Metcalf was a six-time member of the U.S. National Team and won five World Championship and Olympic medals, including a Gold Medal at the 1984 Olympics in the women’s eight. She has coached extensively at the club, college, and national team levels. Metcalf also directed the Silver Medal winning crew at the 1990 World Championships. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she was selected as a member of that school’s inaugural Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013

Making Drills Stick
How often do coaches have their teams successfully execute drills but not carry them over to race pace? Using this year’s MIT Women’s Openweight V8 we’ll look at some of the successes of one approach to drills.

Coach Burnout
At some point we all go through it. Identifying burnout and taking steps to address it can be a lonely process. We’ll look at causes, share our own experiences and look at possible solutions.


Sally Morris

Head Girl’s Rowing Coach, Exeter Academy

Sally Morris has coached crew for nearly thirty years. Since she arrived at Exeter in 2006, the girls have had tremendous success under her guidance, with Exeter’s first eight winning gold at the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association (NEIRA) Championship Regatta every year but one, and the second eight taking gold for the last four and silver for the previous two years. Exeter’s top two eights went undefeated in the 2011 season. The girls first eight has been moving towards top in the Youth Nationals, with finishes between fifth and second thus far. Her rowers nominated her to win USRowing’s 1st Annual Fan’s Choice Award for Best Junior Coach 2011.

Sustaining Success in High School Rowers by Coaching the Whole Athlete
In this interactive session, I will outline some strategies I have used to develop my high school rowers, specifically not just the training plan, to keep our team performing at a high level year after year. Keeping up with the changing expectations while sticking to what works is a large part of the puzzle. Brainstorming, sharing, and group discussion will be welcome.


Linda Muri

Linda is a nine-time U.S. national team member and a three-time world champion.

The Intersection of Sweep and Sculling
Rowing in the US continues to be sweep centric. Most of us do not move into or find sculling until our sweep careers are over. As a long time sculler, I’d like to bring to the table ways sculling and coaching sculling can help to find good rowing with one oar (or even two oars at a time).


Volker Nolte

Former coach Western University, London, Ont.

Volker is one of the lead bio mechanist in the sport and a long time presenter at the conference.

Balance – you cannot row without balance, so you have to learn it early
There is no rowing without balance, which is also the defining difference between rowing on the water and on the ergometer. Therefore, balance skills have to be learned/taught very early in the beginner’s process to become a rower. How important is this skill? How can you best learn balance? Does it cost energy? Can the proper choice of equipment help to it well?  When can you stop exercising for balance? All these essential questions will be discussed in this presentation and participants are encouraged to add their own experiences.

The importance of stroke length and how to maintain it at higher rating

One of the key aims of rowing technique is to find the best compromise between the range of movement and the applied power to achieve high boat propulsion – in other words, applying a sub-maximal force on the oar handle over an optimal stroke length during the drive phase at any stroke rate.

While the beginning and the end of the stroke length define the drive and recovery phases, the time ratio between the two phases determines the rhythm of the rowing cycle. Stroke rate – rhythm – stroke length influence each other directly, as an increase in stroke rate reduces the time per stroke cycle. However, the recovery time shortens to a much greater degree than the drive time. The shorter recovery phase allows less time to move technically sufficiently towards the catch to prepare for the next drive phase, which often results in shorter stroke length; mostly more at the catch than the finish.

This presentation is going to display in the first part the characteristic differences of stroke length depending on:

  • gender, weight, anthropometry & boat (sweep/ sculling), skill level, equipment (rigging)
  • the influence of stroke rate and crew rhythm
  • individual skill level and fatigue under training & racing conditions

The second part of the presentation will discuss practical solutions on assisting athletes to improve their awareness and skill level on how to maintain stroke length under changing training and racing conditions.

Does ‘Ergo-power’ always equal a faster boat?

A large part of our rowing training – especially during the Winter season, is performed on rowing ergometers. They are useful as part of a cross training routine and for basic technique development. Ergometers provide accurate feedback and can be used as a training tool to monitor and prescribe individualized training intensities and programs. Ergo’s are often utilized as assessment and selection tools in forming crew boats – especially in school, club and collegiate rowing. However, on the other side, the influence of “ergometer technique” upon “on-water” rowing technique, is often debated between coaches. Many examples show that the erg-technique can affect boat run negatively, and that the fastest erg-rowers are not always the fastest boat movers.

This presentation is going to display several examples where the individual ergometer performance will be compared to the on-water rowing technique – and boat performance. We will open a discussion around how it often takes more than one number to evaluate an athlete’s capacity to move the boat faster. We will look towards developing strategies to better transfer ergometer power – to better boat speed.

Untangle some typical Coaching/Rowing Myths
We all know of pieces of coaching/rowing wisdom that we often use in practice without thinking too much about them. They seem to be very intuitive and often create a positive response from the rowers why we are inclined to continue to use them. We will discuss in this presentation a number of myths, analyse where they originated and why they are used. We then look behind the myths and study properly what in fact happens at the different parts of the stroke.


Peter Shmock

Educator and optimal mental and physical performance coach

Peter is a passionate creative, a philosophical and spiritual learner, often irreverent, and always inspirational. Peter has dedicated his career to guiding athletes toward their goals. He consults with executives, business groups, and youth about performance, whether on the playing field, in the boardroom, or in everyday life.

Some of Peter’s key accomplishments:

  • Two-time Olympic Track and Field athlete (1976, 1980)
  • Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Seattle Mariners (1983-1994)
  • Conditioning Coach for the Pacific Northwest Ballet (1992-1997)
  • University of Oregon Athletic Hall of Fame member
  • Founder of the top fitness center in the Pacific Northwest
  • Lifelong surfer
  • Published author and speaker
  • 30+ years successful fitness and conditioning innovator


A New Paradigm for Attaining and Sustaining Athletic Excellence

Exploring how the use of forgotten age old physical understandings, modern day philosophies , and the teaching of wise academics and coaches can lead us to an evolved paradigm for athletic performance.

The culmination of this knowledge points us in direction discovering a way to achieve higher levels of athletic performance which is easier, more efficient, more practical and sustainable.

Seeking the highest results for the least amount of effort is at the heart of this paradigm.

Accessing the Power of the Center of the Body:
How to use breath and an organized skeletal alignment to create more energy and power in rowing.
There is a deep relationship between the breath and the skeletal system which, if understood and practiced can lead to greater power, with fewer injuries, in rowing.

This talk will blend a discussion of how to access and use these tools for increased power with an actual hands on experience of how this this can be achieved.


Tessa Spillane

Head Women’s Rowing Coach, Wellesley College

The 2015-16 Division III National Coach of the Year, Head Crew Coach and PERA Associate Professor of the Practice Tessa Spillane has been at the helm of the Blue Crew program since the 2005-06 season. In 2016, she guided the Blue to the first NCAA Division III National Championship in school and program history. She has guided Wellesley to seven consecutive appearances at the NCAA Division III Championships, six consecutive NEWMAC Conference titles and has coached 12 All-America honorees. Under Spillane, the 2010-11 and 2015-16 Division III National Coach of the Year, Wellesley has been ranked in the top-ten nationally for each of the last seven seasons. The 2008, 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2016 NEWMAC Coach of the Year, Spillane also guided the Blue to third place finishes at the NCAA Division III National Championships in 2011, 2012 and 2015.

Creating a Culture of Accountability
This talk will focus on getting your athletes to buy into the program.  Getting everyone onboard and creating a culture of accountability.


Bryan Volpenhein

USRowing, Men’s National Team Coach

A three-time Olympian and 2004 gold medalist in the men’s eight, Bryan Volpenhein was named a men’s coach for the U.S. team in November 2012 after coaching the lightweight men’s four and the pair at the London Olympic Games. He is responsible for the men’s high performance sweep squad and works to develop, select and prepare the team for international competition. In 2015, Volpenhein coached the men’s four to seventh place finish at the World Rowing Championships, qualifying the boat class for 2016. In 2014, he coached the men’s four to a silver medal at the world championships and in 2013 Volpenhein coached the men’s four to a bronze medal at the world championships.

Lessons from a Post-Olympic Year
Discuss the lessons learned from the experience in Rio and the attempts to find solutions to correct mistakes made and rebuild the culture of the training center the following year.  

Less, but Better
Avoiding distractions and focusing on the necessities that make the boat faster


Cadence Whittier (MFA, CLMA, RSMT)

Professor of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Cadence Whittier (MFA, CLMA, RSMT) is a Professor of Dance at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, where she teaches courses in anatomy and kinesiology, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis (L/BMA), and contemporary dance technique. She is also Director and Faculty for Integrated Movement Studies, an organization based in California and Utah that offers training and certifications in L/BMA. As a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and professional dancer, Cadence enjoys offering workshops in somatic education, movement analysis, and physical conditioning.

Transforming intent into action during dry land practices
Whittier will physically guide the presentation attendees through a series of dry land exercises designed to enhance an athlete’s inner intent, body awareness, and physical skills. Collectively, these exercises focus on developing: mindfulness during dry land practices, efficient spinal and pelvic alignment, spinal mobility, and coordination between the lower and upper body and between the arms and the torso. Coaches will leave the presentation with new movement ideas and exercises to incorporate into off-water training.

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