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Coxswain Resources

"Our coxswains are our eyes and our ears. They are the brains and the heart of the boat. They make us competitive, they make us win, they get us fired up, and they make us laugh. They are the most important person in the boat, they are our teammates, and they are our friends."  NVRC rower

If you are a current coxswain, or interested in becoming a coxswain, below are some resources that you may find of interest and value.


"The coxswain is responsible for steering the boat and coordinating the power and rhythm of the rowers. In some capacities, the coxswain is responsible for implementing the training regimen or race plan. Most coaches cannot communicate to boat/coxswain, so the coxswain is the "coach" in the boat."

Coxswain (rowing) - › wiki › Coxswain_(rowing)

"From outside of the rowing world, coxswains are usually thought of as small yelling machines that count every stroke. From inside the rowing world, coxswains are known for their ability to read what’s going on in the boat, to steer, to motivate and to sometimes make the calls that can win or lose the race."

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"Good rowers don't happen by accident, and neither do good coxswains! ...The sport of rowing has taught me a lot about the world, people, and myself. There is more to coxing than just sitting in a seat calling out commands. It is learning about yourself and striving to be better to create the ultimate teamwork environment where success is born."

"She's a good foot shorter than anyone else on the team and is usually yelling at her teammates. What can she possibly be adding to her boat's success?  She's the coxswain, and her role is invaluable..."

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