I am very excited to let you know that Andy McLaughlin will take over as the girls varsity coach starting this fall. After an extensive external search we found the answer within our own coaching staff.
Andy began his rowing career at Hanover High School back in 2006. He rowed with the program for three years and made several appearances at NEIRA.
Andy attended Skidmore College where he continued to row. During his three years in the varsity boat he earned medals at the Head of the Fish, and competed at Dad Vails and ECACs. He was elected captain his senior year, and graduated with a BS in Exercise Science in 2012.
Andy has been a JV and novice coach with Brookline and Riverside for two years and we are very excited for him to take over the girls team this fall.
Head Coach, Boys Rowing
Riverside Boat Club Juniors
Brookline High School, Brookline, MA
Sunday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Brookline High School rowing team will be walking around Brookline, answering questions and collecting tax-deductible donations for the 18th annual Crew-a-thon.
Each year the team needs to raise $50,000 to fund boats, oars and coaches’ salaries, not covered by the high school’s athletic department. The Crew-a-thon, which raises about two-fifths of the total funds, is one of the ways that the team fundraises for the expensive sport. The students provide their own uniforms and their families donate generously to the program.
Last year the team sent seven boys to the U.S Youth Nationals Championships in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Jordi Cabanas, class of 2015, and Jack Ruske, class of 2013, won the gold medal for the lightweight double, making the pair first in the nation. In 2011, the girls team sent a lightweight double to the A finals at Nationals. The boys team also won silver medals for all three eights at the Massachusetts Public School Spring State Championship Regatta last year.
The Brookline High School crew team was founded in 1904, making it one of the oldest in the country, and has consistently been one of the top public school teams in New England. Rowing has increased in popularity at the high school over the past few years, now attracting about one-fifth of the school’s spring athletes with more than 130 rowers this year.
In preparation for the upcoming season, members of the nationally recognized team went to Austin, Texas, over February vacation to get some time on the water while the Charles River’s ice continues to thaw. The team hopes to get out onto the water as soon as possible, but until then, the rowers will continue working out indoors.
The Brookline rowers are excited to reach out to the community again and are thankful for the last 18 years of continuous, generous support from their neighbors.
There will be an informational meeting for the parents of Novice Rowers on March 10th, from 7:00-8:30pm at the BHS Cafeteria. We will also cover a lot of valuable information which will be very helpful to you and your athlete throughout the season. Don’t miss this meeting!
– Overview of BHS Crew
– Introduction and presentation by coaching staff
– Spring Regatta schedule
– Food Committee (very important)
– Friends of Brookline Rowing Overview
– Questions and answers from parents
– Breakout session with coaches
– Carpool arrangement by parents