The staff at NRRA represent decades of experience coaching, rowing, and being involved in the community.
Executive Director203-866-0080 ext 1, execdirector (at) norwalkriverrowing.org
203-866-0080 ext 2, yuri (at) norwalkriverrowing.org
Racing Team, Junior Men, Head Coach
Yuri has been involved in the sport of rowing for over 25 years. His rowing experience includes over 10 years as a competitor in small boats. Yuri was a champion of the All-Ukrainian National Championship Team. He graduated from the Kiev University of Physical Culture and Sport with honor, majoring in physiology of sport, biomechanics, and psychology. Yuri began coaching in 1981 at the Athletic School of Olympic Reserve for Children and Adolescents “Volna” in Zaporozhye, Ukraine. The athletes coached by Yuri were selected to represent the USSR at the World level.
203-866-0080 ext 6, drewc (at) norwalkriverrowing.org
Racing Team, Junior Women, Head Coach
Drew returns to his home state of Connecticut bringing his mix of humor and hard work to the talented young women at Norwalk River Rowing. Drew’s family had a rowing focus, and he has helped set up and operate various rowing regattas. Drew began his competitive rowing career at Marist College. Getting his start in the coaching launch at Kent School, Drew helped contribute to a national championship and two trips to the Royal Henley Regatta. After Kent, Drew plied the waters for Northeastern University, University at Buffalo, and Sarasota Crew enjoying success with many talented oarswomen. When he is not exhorting crews on the water, Drew enjoys reading leather bound books and winning the family’s infamous Risk tournaments.
Boys Varsity/JV Assistant Coach
stephanie (at) norwalkriverrowing.org
Girls Novice and Varsity Assistant Coach
Stephanie has been coaching at Norwalk River rowing since the fall of 2014. She has been coaching rowing locally from middle school through varsity teams since 2007. She does not only coach rowing, but she also trains daily on the Norwalk River and races as much as possible. Outside rowing Stephanie is a certified strength and conditioning coach as well as TRX group certified. Typically you will not find Stephanie without her sidekick Barley, the retriever mix, who jumps up at any rowing related term. When she’s not down at the slab you may find her hiking, peddling, paddling, climbing, eating ice cream or at the dog park being awesome with Barley.
lukea (at) norwalkriverrowing.org
Novice Boys Coach
Luke returns to us this spring after successful stint with NRR this past summer. Luke has jumped back in as our Boys Novice Coach this spring! He has been coaching rowing since 2012 and can be seen rowing on the Norwalk at 5am. Luke got hooked on the sport after a successful career with Fairfield University Varsity Men’s Rowing Team. In his free time he enjoys rock climbing, running, hiking, cycling, and long walks on the beach. His goal is to inspire his athletes with the same passion and drive for the sport he has found over the years.
James “Coop” Cooper
Coach, Development Team
coop (at) norwalkriverrowing.org
Coop has rowed as an NRRA Masters competitor since 1988. He has won gold medals at every level of Masters rowing, and continues to train and compete. Coop is also the full-time Equipment Manager for the NRRA, keeping the ‘machinery’ running smooth. He is a coach for our morning Adult Intermediate women’s crew and afternoons with the Youth Program. Coop loves coaching because it gives him an opportunity to give back some of what the sport has given him, and he feels strongly that this sport is a model for exceptional character building. His successes are often measured with medals (many), but feels the admiration from Parents, Beginners, and the Youth athletes growth are what really drives him.
Dev Team Assistant Coach
Chloe started coaching at Norwalk in the Fall of 2014 as an assistant girls coach, she has also been the boys novice coach this fall and now brings her joy for the sport and enthusiasm to our Dev Team, molding the next great NRR oarswomen or oarsmen. Chloe is from Feeding Hills, Massachusetts and is currently studying English at Fairfield University. Her rowing career kicked off at Fairfield when she walked onto the Fairfield Women’s team as a freshman. She mistakenly signed up as a rower and not a coxswain, her rowing career has turned out to be very successful, highlighted by many great races in Fairfield’s first varsity eight. Outside of rowing Chloe is an avid runner and completed her first marathon in January of 2015 and has intentions of running in the Boston Marathon 2018!