Rock Creek Rowing


RCR Seeking Women's Coach for Fall 2015

RCR is hiring a new Women's Coach!  We are a competitive rowing club of approximately 50 men and
women, dedicated to the sport and committed to fitness. Our athletes have rowing experience ranging from high school and collegiate rowing to adult competitive programs. RCR is primarily a sweep program, with coached-practices in fours and eights. We have an active racing schedule in sprint and head
seasons, including local, regional and national events such as Diamond State Masters, Masters Nationals, and Head of the Charles.

The club rows out of Thompson’s Boat Center in Georgetown on the Potomac River. The team practices four mornings a weekfrom 5:30am to 7:15am, during the on-water season (March to November). The team also conducts a winter training program at Georgetown University’s gym, five days a week from 6:00 to
7:15am for erg and general fitness training (November to March).

The coach will be expected to cover water practices duringspring, summer, and fall seasons and off water practice during the winter.

The club is seeking a coach with prior rowing and coaching experience. The coach will be expected to develop practice strategies and plans, daily workouts, and daily lineups for practices and races and to attend regattas whenever possible. The coach will work primarily with team captains on administrative and other issues, and also will provide technical expertise and feedback to all rowers. The team’s volunteers manage (with coach-input) administrative tasks such as registering , trailering, and organizing for regattas , managing
equipment maintenance and purchases, team email lists and notifications, and similar tasks.

RCR pays a competitive salary. Interested applicants should send a resume by August 1, 2015 to:


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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