Head Coach, Brian Elliott
The North Palm Beach Rowing Club’s youth program Head Coach is Brian Elliott, a former Canadian Olympian and 7x National Team Member who holds the highest possible coaching certification in the Canadian rowing system. Brian’s world-class experience has made NPBRC’s youth program one of the best in Florida by any measure.
Brian joined NPBRC in 2016 and has steadily built the youth program into a state and regional powerhouse that regularly produces Junior National Team caliber athletes, collegiate scholarship recipients, and state and regional champions. Under Brian’s leadership, NPBRC’s athletes have won more accolades than any other period in the club’s history even as the program itself has increased in size five-fold, with steady growth year over year. Brian has made NPBRC a team to watch; college recruiters have taken notice.
As an athlete himself, Brian competed internationally for 31 years at the highest levels of sport, including as a rower at multiple World Championships and the Pan American Games. Long before he joined NPBRC Brian was well known internationally for having coached two Olympians – including a bronze medalist – and two World Champions during the past 20 years. His knowledge of rowing technique and performance training is proven by the speed with which his rowers attain international success. Perhaps more importantly, however, Brian’s tenure is marked by young athletes who develop a deep and abiding love for the sport; learn teamwork, character, and sporstmanship; and who develop into responsible and confident young adults.
Assistant Coach, Emre Cikinci
An elite athlete for many years, Emre Cikinci rowed for the Turkish National Team for 10 seasons and rowed in the u23 World Champs twice in 2007 and 2008. He won the Mediterranean Cup in 2005 and received the bronze medal from the World Military games in Poland in 2008. In total, Emre has won more than 200 National and International awards. He remains a competitive masters rower today, racing at major regattas around the country.