Crew - Boys 1st Team



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Crew - Boys 1st Team

From its perch on the banks of Lake Cochichewick, Brooks enjoys a deep and successful history in the sport of rowing. Established when the school first opened in 1926, the crew program instantly became a strong force and continues to be a regular leader in the interscholastic league (NEIRA) of coxed fours. Our rowers often go on to compete for Division I and Division III college programs, and among our alumni we have several national team and Olympic rowers. A spring sport at Brooks, the regular rowing season begins in late February and concludes with the New England Interscholastic Regatta in late May. With an elite-quality fleet of coxed fours in our two boathouses (eight boats for boys and eight boats for girls) right on the campus property and the recent addition of a state-of-the-art indoor rowing facility for in-season and out-of-season training, the crew program is well poised to develop rowers and coxswains from novices to highly competitive athletes seeking to further their rowing in college and beyond.

The coaching team at Brooks is highly focused on the development of the individual and team. Many are full time members of the Brooks community, augmented each spring by additional coaches from the Boston area.


  • Program Head

    Christopher "Tote" Smith taught math and coached crew for 13 years at the Salisbury School before coming to Brooks School. At Brooks, he also teaches math, coaches the crew team and serves as a dorm parent for Thorne House, where he lives with his family.

  • Head Coach

    A member of the U.S. Olympic rowing team in 2008 and 2012, Elliot brings a rare level of experience and passion to the boys rowing program at Brooks. Elliot spent his formative years at Brookwood School, then at Salisbury School where he evolved from a competitive downhill skier to an elite-level international rower recruited by the University of California. At Cal, he rowed for four years and in 2006 helped claim the U.S. National Championship. From graduation through the 2012 London Olympics, Elliot represented the United States in many international events including the Beijing Olympics in the Double Scull and in London in the Quadruple Scull. He has coached at many levels including two seasons at Boston College High School, and is an enterprising entrepreneur with start-up experience at Uber, Skedaddle, and other companies. He is an emerging but passionate squash player and a PSIA certified ski instructor.

  • Assistant Coach

    Stefan Merriam ’08 is excited to be returning to Brooks to help build upon the program’s tradition of excellence alongside his former coach Tote Smith and fellow Salisbury rowing alumnus Elliot Hovey. A 2008 graduate of Brooks School, Stefan rowed for Salisbury during his post-graduate year before attending Colby College, where his passion for rowing rapidly evolved into a passion for rugby and snow sports. In the years since graduating he has spent most of his time exploring the mountains in the Teton Range outside of Jackson, Wyoming via snowboard. He is looking forward to connecting with and mentoring Brooksians on and off the water as he returns to Massachusetts for the next chapter of his life and career.