Coach Openings

Head Coach

Assistant Coach

Interested candidates should contact the RRC Board President Mick Garvey at: @

Mission of Rochester Rowing Club

RRC’s mission is to promote physical, mental, and social wellness in adults and young people of all backgrounds, using the sport of rowing and related educational programs, in an environment that nurtures development of character, strength of commitment and passion for excellence. All of RRC’s activities are operated in a manner designed to accomplish this mission.

Structure of the Rochester Rowing Club

RRC is a 501(c)(3) Minnesota not-for-profit organization that offers a variety of recreational and competitive rowing programs to youth and adults from Rochester and the surrounding area. RRC is led by a volunteer board of directors and a part-time head coach. RRC is not a membership organization, meaning rowers and their parents are participants—like students at a school—but do not elect the leadership. RRC is funded by a combination of participation fees, donations, and other revenue.

Head Coach Job Description

The Rochester Rowing Club (MN) is seeking a Head Coach to coordinate all rowing, training, and competitive programs and activities. Opportunity to mentor under current Head Coach if desired and dependent on date of hire. See below for details.

Employment: Part time – year round.
Reports to: Board of Directors
Compensation: Salary

Head Coach Duties

  • Develop, supervise and coordinate all rowing, training and competitive programs and activities.
  • Coach all levels of the rowing program both sculling and sweeping, Junior and Adult.
  • Build and strengthen the junior program including recruitment planning and implementation.
  • Create & implement training plans that meet the needs of both competitive & non-competitive rowers.
  • Oversee regatta activities
    • Collaborate with stakeholders to determine the regatta schedule
    • Evaluate athlete performance to determine appropriate line-ups for each regatta..
    • Ensure timely registration and line-up submission
    • Coordinate equipment transportation, including driving the trailer when required.
  • Oversee athlete evaluation and development.
  • Coordinate and staff practices.
  • Work with summer coaches to perform Learn-to-Row (LTR) camps.
  • Supervise and direct assistant coaches (paid and volunteer).
  • Oversee all aspects of varsity lettering and awards for junior rowers.
  • Assist junior rowers in the college recruiting process.
  • Support RRC fundraising and grant activities.
  • Maintain positive and timely communication with board of directors, staff, rowers, volunteers and parents.
  • Follow all RRC policies and procedures included in the Code of Conduct, Policy Manual and Safety Manual.
  • Attend monthly board of directors meetings as an ex officio presenting progress reports.
  • Implement budget decisions.


The Head Coach is a central leadership figure, and as such, must possess the following management qualities and administrative skills:

  • Creative thinker and inspirational educator.
  • Demonstrates good sportsmanship and maintains excellent personal character.
  • Strong communicator, both verbally and in writing.
  • Organized and computer literate.
  • Capable of planning and implementing programs for a range of rower abilities.
  • Skilled in conflict resolution, athlete recruitment, retention, and development.
  • Must be able to maintain a safe and smooth functioning boathouse, and be able to safely direct appropriate rigging and equipment maintenance.

Additional qualifications include:

  • Competitive rowing/coxing background, with sculling experience desirable.
  • 1-5 years of coaching experience.
  • Preference for 2 years of collegiate or elite level rowing.
  • USRowing certification.
  • Ability to drive a launch.
  • Ability to create & maintain positive and safe environments for athletes.
  • Has lead and inspired youth rowers in a management position.
  • Has experience planning and implementing new rowing programs.
  • Fosters collaboration with athletes, staff, board, and parents.
  • Understands the fundraising process and has experience with assisting and supporting fundraising activities.

Candidates must satisfactorily complete a background check and possess or obtain current CPR certification and concussion training.

Assistant Coach Job Description

The Rochester Rowing Club (MN) is seeking an Assistant Coach, starting Fall 2023 season. The assistant coach will work with the head coach to coordinate all rowing, training, and competitive programs and activities. Assistant Coach is paid per practice.

Rowing experience preferred, but not required

Prior youth coaching experience preferred.

Assistant Coach will have the opportunity to learn/gain experience under current Head Coach, with the possibility to transition to Head Coach position in Summer of 2024. Rowing specific training opportunities available for Assistant Coach.

Candidates must satisfactorily complete a background check, SafeSport training and boat launch certification.