Coxswain Development Part 1 – Traits and Program Education – Rowing Stories, Features & Interviews

Following the cancellation of the 2020 spring racing season, row2k solicited the collegiate coaching community to engage in a variety of high-level topics within the profession. We submitted over sixty questions across a dozen topics and thank the coaches and staffs that found time to contribute their thoughts during this stressful time.

This week we focus on the topic of Coxswain Development with the following questions:

WHAT SKILL SETS DO YOU LOOK FOR IN RECRUITING BOTH EXPERIENCED AND NON-EXPERIENCED COXSWAINS INTO YOUR PROGRAM?

SANDRA CHU – WILLIAM SMITH WOMEN
We are looking for coxswains that have the respect of their crews, can demonstrate the ability to impact the atmosphere in their boats and therefore the success of their team, and someone who is highly competitive. Our coxes love to win; they’re athletes, not socialites.


MADELINE DAVIS – BOSTON UNIVERSITY WOMEN
I’m always looking for coxswains that are smart, organized, and

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