Officers & Coaches


John Cotter originally hails from Buffalo, New York, but has lived in Boston since the early 2000s. He rowed at (and graduated from) the University of Washington and continues to row competitively as a member of the Narragansett Boat Club, the oldest rowing club in America. John has long been credited as the architect of what is known as the modern stroke*. An MITRC coach since 2012, he greatly enjoys the rowers, the rowing and being able to be a small part of the MIT experience.

Glenn Beauchemin is originally from Rhode Island and moved to the Boston area in the late 1970s where, finally at the age of thirty-seven, he discovered rowing. Within a couple of years, while on the Men’s Comp team at Community Rowing, he began coaching and eventually found his way to MITRC. Glenn has been coaching at MITRC since 2009. He especially enjoys the club’s friendly, upbeat attitude as well as the eagerness of the rowers to learn. Glenn is not really familiar with the “modern rowing stroke,” but whatever it is, he’s quite confident that his current stroke is vastly superior.*

André Bastos is originally from Brazil, and immigrated to the US with his family when he was 5. He grew up in California and North Carolina and attended the University of California at Berkeley, where his love for the sport of rowing began when he walked on to the crew program as a freshman. André rowed for the Cal Berkeley Bears under legendary coaches Geoff Bond and Steve Gladstone from 2003-2007, a time during which the Bears won multiple national IRA championships. The experience was powerful, as the daily practice of rowing required a quiet intensity, a steady passion, and a level of commitment and dedication that is rarely called for in today's world. These life lessons from rowing continue to provide him with the motivation to teach the sport to others. André received his PhD in neuroscience from UC Davis in 2013 and moved to the Boston area in 2014 to begin his postdoctoral training at MIT. Since the Fall of 2015, he has been coaching at MITRC where he enjoys introducing the beautiful sport of rowing to newcomers from all walks of life and backgrounds.  

Christine Chirch-Cassidy hails from Chicago where she started rowing as a freshman at Kenwood Academy High School, eventually completing her senior year of competition with Chicago Rowing Foundation (Formerly Lincoln Park Juniors).  She attended Purdue University where she competed for four years in the Women’s Varsity 8+ and served as the Club President from 2003 – 2004.  Returning to Chicago after graduation, Christine pursued a coaching position with Chicago Rowing Foundation and in the 9 years with the club she coached the High School Women’s novice 8+, the Juniors Women’s 8+, and the Women’s Lightweight 8+ (which qualified for Nationals).  For her last three years in Chicago, Christine coached Adult Recreational crews, Learn-to-row programs, and grew a program designed for Athletes on the Autism spectrum to gain access to the sport.  Christine specifically loves working on catch positioning and timing to ensure a successful use of power throughout the stroke. Christine moved to Boston in January 2015 and is eager to get out on the water with the MIT crews!

* Coaches' biographies are based on information submitted by the coaches. MITRC cannot verify or refute information contained herein. 


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