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Men's coach Jai Mitchell

Jai joins RCR for the 2014-15 Winter Training Program. Jai’s coaching experience includes being the head coach of the men’s freshmen team at U.C. Santa Barbara, where he coached his heavyweight eight to an upset victory at the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships, as well as coaching the summer introductory program at Thompson’s Boat Center in Washington DC. As a college rower, Jai won gold in the freshmen lightweight eight at UCSB in 1991.  As a high school rower at Washington­ & Lee, Jai rowed under the legendary Charlie Butt, and stroked his lightweight eight to a gold medal at the Stotesbury Cup. Jai has degrees in film from UCSB and the New York Film Academy, and has worked for companies such as The Discovery Channel, NBC, CBS, and the Hallmark Channel. Happy to be involved in the world of rowing again, he brings a coaching program that emphasizes hard work, technique and tradition.



Women's coach Jack Vihstadt
Jack has coached RCR's women since the Fall 2013 season.  As a collegiate rower at Colby College he was co-captain, MVP for two seasons, and selected for the New England Small College Athletic Conference Men’s Rowing All-Conference First Team.  He has trained with the Potomac Boat Club developmental sculling program and Vesper Boat Club's Under-23 Lightweights, where he learned all aspects of high level
coaching, training, and race preparation. As Men's Freshmen/Novice rowing coach at Yorktown High School (his Alma Mater), he coached 30 novice rowers and prepared several boats for spring competition, including a silver-medal-winning eight at the Virginia State Championships.  Jack is near completion of his USRowing Level II certification.

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