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Coach with us!

DC Strokes Rowing Club, a masters rowing club of over 220 members seeks two coaches for its morning and afternoon club programs. Starting its 32nd season and building on a legacy of inclusion as the nation’s oldest LGBTQ+ rowing club, DC Strokes offers access to the competitive sport of rowing to people of all backgrounds and athletic abilities in the greater Washington, DC area.

The 2023 programs include a morning and afternoon sweep option, as well as learn to row programs and sculling. Ideally, we are seeking two coaches to work collaboratively for the morning and two coaches to work collaboratively for the evening sweep program. We are offering additional professional development support for coaches who are interested in implementing or continuing to develop their skills both in program development, coaching, and training planning. We are looking for enthusiasm, commitment to diversity on and off the water, and good communication skills.

Please indicate your preference for morning or evening, and availability for possible weekend coached sessions or scrimmage participation.

Benefits and Compensation:

  • $65 per coached session

  • You and your co-coaches will have the opportunity to receive one-on-one or small group mentorship from more experienced coaches on developing programs, creating and supporting diverse crews, athlete nutrition, and more!

  • DC Strokes is at an exciting juncture where we are looking to build successful, competitive, and organized programs, and you can have a hand in shaping the future of these programs.

  • Receive DCSRC member benefits (“The Qrew Card”) including any discount offers with local partners or sponsors as team members.

  • As a coach you will also have free club membership and access to other DCSRC programs if you’d like to row.


To apply, submit a resume and contact information to

4 Open Coaching Positions!



- Organize and lead practices three mornings or afternoons a week with scrimmages, regattas, and bonus rows possible on a weekend day, from late March through early November;

- Develop and implement a comprehensive training plan with the goals of improving athleticism and winning regattas;

- Help implement the training philosophy and coaching goals of the AM/PM program and the setting of expectations and goals for rowers;

- Coach rowers to improve their rowing and coxswain skills to increase overall rowing ability and prepare for competition;

- Support the team’s diversity and mission to promote inclusive rowing, and make every effort to accommodate different lifestyles, abilities, and beliefs;

- Execute safety protocols and ensure the safety of rowers and equipment.

Suggested Qualifications:

- Ideally 3+ years coaching experience, preferably at least 1 of which is at the masters level;

- Excellent teaching and communication skills;

- Ability to develop rowing technique and athletic conditioning in athletes of varying ages, experience, and skills;

- Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Certification;

- US Rowing Association Level 1 Coaching Certification (or willingness to obtain), - - Level 2 preferred;

- Boat and water safety certification (can obtain upon hire)

- Two references, at least one rowing related

Chantel Sheaks

Head Sculling Coach

Head Coordinating Coach


Evening Sweep Coach

Learn to Row Sweep Coach


Assistant Learn to Row Coach/Assistant Novice Sweep Coach


Evening Sweep Coach

Nhat Nguyen

Lead Novice Sweep Coach


Assistant Learn to Row Coach/Assistant Novice Sweep Coach


Assistant Learn to Row Coach/Assistant Novice Sweep Coach

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