Brian Elliott is a seven-time Canadian national rowing team member and World Rowing Masters Champion who now holds Canada’s highest possible coaching certification. He is also a retired police officer, responsible for forming several police and firemen rowing teams that competed – and won -internationally. Brian’s list of accomplishments is almost too long to name. Most significantly, however, he has coached multiple high school rowers who progressed under his instruction to become Olympic and National Team athletes, and has helped propel NPBRC’s youth team to national and international success.
Beth Eisenman: A lifetime athlete, Beth was a two-sport varsity athlete in college and a competitive bodybuilder for 10 years, finishing her career at the top of the amateur ranks. She qualified to represent the United States at the World Bodybuilding Championships in 2001. Beth is a certified personal trainer who also has 20 years in the martial arts, attaining the ranks of 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, blue belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu, and level 2 in Krav Maga. In addition to racing competitively with NPBRC for many years, she has delivered talks on the importance of stretching, nutrition and technique, and training smarter, not harder. While coaching she shares her personal insights on mindset, focus, attitude, goal setting, and commitment to program, team and self.
Doug Cody: Doug is a USRowing certified coach who splits his coaching time between NPBRC and the Florida Rowing Center (FRC), a highly regarded training hub for scullers from across the country. Doug has been an integral leader of our Adult Rowing League and has brought countless rowers from novice to advanced skill levels. Given his extensive experience, Doug has been named NPBRC’s head “Learn to Row” course instructor.
Jock Jones: Jock was a four-year lightweight rower at MIT. While there, Jock competed in some of the most prestigious regattas in collegiate rowing including the Eastern Sprints, Head of the Charles, and Intercollegiate Rowing Association regatta, or IRAs. After training for the 2017 Palm Beach Burn, which paid off with a medal in the men’s Open event, Jock returned to the water as an NPBRC master. He is now in training for the 2018 World Masters Rowing Championship. Like many of our coaches, Jock wants to share with our athletes the same passion for rowing that propelled him to success at MIT.
Jock Merriam: One of the club’s founding members, Jock learned to row in 2007 after putting more than his fair share of time in as a “crew Dad” for a high school and collegiate rower. Jock has raced competitively and taught rowing at NPBRC for over a decade, training – by some estimates – over 400 new rowers of every age, size, and background imaginable. Jock is a retired Army officer and Vietnam veteran who went on to a second successful career in environmental engineering. Jock has been instrumental in building the club, sometimes with his own hands in various construction projects on site.
All of our coaches are masters members and many are volunteers who coach purely out of a love for the sport.