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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.Dale Wickenheiser began rowing as a freshman in high school in Northern Virginia. He and his wife, an ESL teacher, have lived in Boston since 1999. He enjoys coaching at MITRC, which he has done since 2012, in part because he finds the conversations in the boathouse "unique." He is motivated to be a better coach by the high caliber of students he works with. Credited with the creation of the modern rowing stroke, he disputes John's claim but allows him to claim it by proximity.*
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.*
Larissa Sasgen is originally from Illinois, and moved to Boston in 2007. She first joined MITRC as part of the Learn-to-Row program in 2012 and has been happily involved ever since! She has been the coxswain for the Club’s HOCR women’s boat for 2012, 2013, and 2015; and she rowed 2 seat in 2015. Larissa began coaching at MITRC in 2015. As a teacher in other pursuits, coaching was a natural step for her and she loves to help others learn what she enjoys so much! While she has no remarks or claims on the modern rowing stroke, she will claim that her style of coxing will keep you more safe than anyone else on the Charles River*, even if she doesn’t fit in the coxswain’s seat very well.
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.
* Coaches' biographies are based on information submitted by the coaches. MITRC cannot verify or refute information contained herein.