Coaching

NUBC are proud to have an experienced coaching team that help further the career of all our oarsmen. Training programmes are tailored with an individual emphasis, including nutrition, and aim to improve the overall quality of NUBC’s rowing.

Dan Janes

Dan returns to Nottingham for his third year as Men’s Coach. Since learning to row at St Peter’s School in York, Dan has a gained a wealth of rowing experience representing GB as a Junior in sculling, and having rowed for the University 1st VIII . Having started coaching at Nottingham in the final year of his Architecture degree Dan has achieved impeccable results in his two years coaching the University. His crews have dominated the BUCS Beginner Men’s category over the last two years, winning the blue ribbon event of the Men’s Beginner VIII in the process. During his time coaching, six of his complete beginner athletes have represented the University 1st VIII in their first year of rowing (2 in 2010, 4 in 2011). These feats are virtually unheard of in British University rowing and are testament to the quality of Dan’s coaching. Dan’s work developing new talent has helped usher in an exciting new era for rowing at Nottingham and made him one of the most exciting and well respected young coaches in the country.

John McKirdy

John has been involved in the sport for over 35 years, and brings to the women’s squad a wealth of knowledge and experience. A successful rower himself, John joined Derby Rowing Club in 1975 and went from strength to strength. He competed at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta on a number of occasions for Derby Rowing Club and Nottingham Union Rowing Club in both the Thames and Wyfold Challenge Cups, and in 1979 achieved a gold medal in a coxless pair at Nottingham International Regatta. In 1986 John took a break from the sport to focus on his family. However, when his son took an interest in the sport in 2004, John found himself back at Derby Rowing Club  and was made Club Captain, a role he held for 3 years. So began his coaching career… He doubled the active  rowing membership at Derby Rowing Club within a year, and took on a group of Novice boys whom he coached for two years, and in that time they qualified for the Thames Challenge Cup at Henley, an impressive feat!

John has been involved at NUBC since 2009 and in his time has achieved numerous head and regatta wins, most notably coaching a men’s lightweight coxless four to the EUSA where they achieved 4th. He then took some time out to recover from a back injury but has returned to the club to coach the Senior Women who have already seen an impressive positive turn in results. He is renowned for his ability to create and maintain a positive and successful environment to train in, and promotes integration of the squads as often as possible to cement this.

Canice O’Reilly

Novice women’s coach Canice O’Reilly looks to take complete beginner girls to the next level, introducing them to rowing (as well as some wine-tasting, if they’re lucky!)

Harry Laughland and Ali Cooper

Two of NUBC’s student coaches, helping coach the beginner men and women’s squads respectively.

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