Christopher Greene, former assistant coach for the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (CJRC), has accepted the position as Head Coach for RowAmerica Hamilton starting August 1.
Coach Greene comes to RowAmerica Hamilton with national-level experience as a rower and a coach. He rowed for the Cincinnati Junior Rowing Club (CJRC) as a junior athlete while attending Xavier High School, finishing first at the 2004 Youth National Championship in the Varsity 8+. Following high school, he attended Brown University where current U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Lucas McGee and Brown University head coach Paul Cooke coached him. Chris led his freshman 8+ to an undefeated season and an Eastern Sprints championship. During his three years on the varsity squad his crew had top 5 National Championship finishes each year. He then came back to Cincinnati and coached for CJRC at both the novice and varsity levels. All of his crews finished on the podium at Midwest Regionals.
After taking a hiatus from the sport to get his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, Coach Greene returned to coaching at CJRC as an Assistant Varsity Coach for the 2014-2015 season. CJRC dominated the entire season leading up to Youth Nationals, winning every event and sweeping Midwest Regionals in every event they entered. At 2015 Youth Nationals, the CJRC Lightweight 4+ went on to win the national championship, the Heavyweight four placed 4th, and the Varsity eight placed 9th.
Coach Greene joins RowAmerica Hamilton as Head Coach with a strong passion and knowledge for the sport that he hopes to spread to all those interested. Using his background in clinical psychology, he relates very well to not only youth rowers but adults as well, understanding what motivates each individual and successful ways to build camaraderie within the team. Director of Rowing, Joy Nix, is “excited to have Chris on the leadership team at RowAmerica Hamilton. He brings great experience with him and will take our racing programs to the next level in attracting competitive athletes to the team, directing athletes in getting rowing scholarships to colleges, and getting crews on the top of the podium at Nationals.”
Coach Greene shared that; “I hope to make an immediate impact on performance, retention, and club culture. My ultimate goal for RowAmerica Hamilton is to help push athletes past their own expectations not only as individuals but as rowers and teammates as well.”
Chris will coach a number of programs this season with his focus on the Youth Racing Team starting August 24, 2015. He will also coach the Youth Intro programs and Adult Intro programming to help build up our program base. “Having Chris coach the introductory programs gives all programming a level of consistency and will help new athletes get on the path to competing with the racing teams more quickly should that be their goal,” adds Nix.