As we enter this week it is important to note that this week is going to be crazy for a lot of us, the coaches especially. Please do everything you can to get to practice on our new schedule and realize that because we don't have boats for every rower that we will need to split time in the 4s. BRING RUNNING SHOES EVERDAY
Boys and Girls
Mon-Fri 3:15 - 6 pm at Long Lake Park
Tues Girls 5:15 am at Fitness Center
Thurs Boys 5:15 am at Fitness Center
*** Coach Alec Hurley of WSU Men's Crew (Varsity Coach) will be coming over Friday Afternoon to help run a tuneup practice, please show him your respect and listen to everything he has to say
*** Alyssa Kodama, Coxswain extraordinaire will be coming over Wednesday afternoon to help put on a coxswain race clinic to prepare coxswains for the stress a big regatta puts on your shoulders. Again, pay attention, take in her advice. Alyssa went from the worst coxswain to the best on the team at WSU.
Husky Open is a huge regatta for our team to go to and it will take every ounce of focus in order to pull off the racing successfully. Bus departs South at 5 am, you, the athlete need to be there at 4:30 am. We will arrive at UW at about 6 am. Coaches and coxswains meeting at 6:30 am (Mandatory). 7:30 am Racing begins, not necessarily us but the heats will begin by 7:30 am. Expect Racing through 2 pm. Our events will be some of the last of the day. Your job as athletes is to bring your uniform: Trou, Tank, and Black undershirt, a good attitude and respect for your fellow athletes.
It is imperative that you act with respect and decorum during this huge regatta. Do not run around unsupervised. If you wish to watch racing on the Montlake Cut, you must walk over with your boat and stay with them the entire time.
Follow link http://washingtonrowing.com/about/montlake-cut/
(Parking $6.00 cash in lot E1) I'd bring ones. This will be a great location to invite friends and family.
We will more than likely be parking the trailer at or near the Conibear Shellhouse. Bus should depart from UW shortly after the last boat is on the trailer.
Any other questions feel free to ask. As always, don't panic about missing a practice, this schedule is new to all of us, lets see what comes of it.
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In October of 1973, I was a walk-on for University of Washington’s Crew and my life changed forever. I found one of my passions in life.
Since then I have
· Taught grades 4, 5, 6 at Manchester Elementary from 1980 – 2005
· Taught at Explorer Academy from 2005- present
· Three sons have all graduated from SKHS, are successful in their careers and most importantly happy in life
· My wife owned Bayside Photography for 40 years before retiring this year
In 2015 I was thrilled to find Clam Island Rowing Club in Silverdale. I currently row with their Masters group three times a week. I have also been an assistant coach for their junior’s team and their adult Learn to Row team.
Our coaching staff’s enthusiasm, professional knowledge, and drive will help our crew become one of the top junior’s rowing teams in the state.
“He had spent much of the night simply staring at his gold medal, contemplating it as it hung on the end of his bunk… As much as he had wanted it, and as much as he understood what it would mean to everyone back home and to the rest of the world, during the night he had come to realize that the medal wasn’t the most important thing he would take home…” The Boys in the Boat
Eric has been working as a teacher in the South Puget Sound area for the past five years, after receiving a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Puget Sound. Prior to graduate school Eric rowed for UPS during his senior year of his under graduate studies. In college Eric rowed port side as part of the stroke pair for the top novice 4 and 8 boats, and won a novice championship at the Northwest Collegiate Rowing Conference. Outside of rowing and teaching, Eric is a cyclist and has coached mountain biking, shotput and discuss, and football tackling.