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By pmallory - Posted on 03 April 2013

12 March 2013

Volunteer Assistant Coach

As the brand new Head Coach of the Loyola Marymount University Men’s Crew in western Los Angeles, California, I would like to announce worldwide that I am looking for a volunteer assistant coach for the 2013-14 academic year.

What do I have to offer? No money, I'm afraid, but LMU has some of the nicest people I have ever met, bar none, on the campus, on the team, and on the coaching staff. All of us are international coaches with combined experience of nearly three-quarters of a century. All of us are collaborative, mutually supportive, passionate about rowing and passionate about teaching life values to our charges. The floating boathouse is terrific. The equipment is terrific. The kids are terrific. The water in Marina del Rey is terrific. Most of all, there is a real chance for you to make a difference in an up-and-coming program with exciting stuff happening every day, and there is an opportunity every day to have a positive impact on the development of the individuals on the team.

The specific job description is up to you. We can collaborate and share the responsibilities, or we can separate the squad and coach independently. I am open to both. You can be a beginner or you can be highly experienced as long as you have a passion for the sport. As a member of the rowing family for more than 54 years and a well-known rowing coach and historian with contacts and experience around the world, I have a great deal of perspective I could share with any coach, from a rank novice to a grizzled veteran, and I also have a great deal more I could learn from whomever joins me.

The LMU Men’s Crew is a full varsity program. We compete in the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association, and deserving boats move on to the Dad Vail Regatta. In the past, the LMU Men’s Crew has relied mostly on walk-ons, but the word is getting out about what had been going on so far this spring, and an increasing number of experienced high school rowers are applying and/or transferring.

On a single day last week while the U.S. East Coast was being pummeled by yet another winter storm, we could see snow-capped mountains on the distant horizon and dolphins leaping in front of our bows as the sun rose bright over water smooth as glass. Makes you glad to be alive and messing about in boats.

Haven’t heard much about LMU Men’s Crew in recent years? I have been Head Coach for exactly eight weeks now, and there’s still a lot yet for us to do. This job is turning out to be among the most satisfying of my entire career, and with you on board, 2014 promises to be a very successful year indeed.

If you are not available, perhaps you know someone who is. Please pass this on.