Crew - Boys 1st Team
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.
Christopher "Tote" Smith joined the Brooks faculty as a teacher and Director of Rowing in the summer of 2016. Smith learned the sport of rowing under Lightweight Coach Andy Card at Yale University, where he was fortunate to be part of two varsity crews with undefeated regular seasons in 1990 and 1991, the first of which also claimed both the Eastern Sprints and IRA Championships. Having coached the Brooks JV girls under the leadership of former Director of Rowing Sally Morris in 2003, he now brings back to Brooks nine years' experience as assistant and four years as head rowing coach at Salisbury School, where the varsity eight medaled in three of the past six NEIRA championships, including a gold and back-to-back National Schools championships in 2016. He is excited to be back at Brooks and looks forward to working with rowers and coaches to further develop both the girls' and boys' programs.
Born in Budapest, Clark is a former Hungarian national champion in both running and rowing. During her decade-long tenure on the Hungarian National rowing team, she competed successfully throughout Germany, Austria, and Eastern Europe, accumulating six national championships. She moved to Colorado where she attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. Clark moved to the Boston area in 2002 where she has found great pleasure competing in a multitude of disciplines, including ocean rowing, triathlons, “Tough Mudder” and other fitness competitions.
Justine Rooney is a Tabor Academy graduate who earned a B.A. in environmental studies at Connecticut College. After rowing at both Tabor Academy and Connecticut College, she began her association with Brooks as an assistant coach with the girls crew team. She teaches biology and physics, and has coached at many levels in the girls rowing program, from novices up to the top varsity boats. She currently assistant coaches boys 1st crew as well as the boys 2nd cross country team.