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IRL Announces the First Five Members of the Class of 2018

Brighton, MAThe Institute for Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing, Inc. today announced the early decision members of the Class of 2018 in the Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership program. Five fellows, including two international candidates, have enrolled in the Class of 2018, the seventh overall class to join the IRL.

In an extremely competitive pool of applicants, these five newly enrolled fellows come to the IRL from a diverse background of rowing and coaching experiences. All share a common passion for learning about the sport, which has had an indelible impact on their lives. The shared hallmark of IRL fellows, over all seven classes, is that rowing has changed their life and they want to share this experience with others.

Joining these early decision enrollees in the Class of 2018 will be additional fellows accepted at the upcoming March 13th regular application deadline.

“We are very excited to welcome each of these new fellows into the IRL program as all will bring different strengths and experiences into the classroom and on the water. What we have learned over the past seven years at the IRL is that a diverse group of fellows leads to the best outcomes for all because of how much they are learning from each other as well as interacting face-to-face on a daily basis,” said CRI Director of Coaching Education Matt Lehrer. “What has also become clear is that IRL graduates are highly sought after in the job market and that is a direct result of bringing in exceptional people and providing them with an environment focused solely on their growth as coaches and people. Rowing is a sport that attracts talented people who have lots of options and we could not be more excited to have these five choose to make their mark on the world using coaching as their tool to better the lives of others.”

The Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership program is a twelve-month, intensive active learning experience, which includes daily learning in the classroom coupled with immediate implementation of this knowledge on the water. Fellows attend classes taught by top-level instructors and coaches from universities including Harvard University, Brown University, Boston University, Boston College, and Northeastern University. Before and after classes each day, fellows coach in a mentored assistant coach program working with world-class coaches in youth, collegiate, and pre-elite level rowing programs on the Charles River and throughout Boston. IRL graduates have gone on to coach successfully at all levels of rowing from grassroots community programs to the World Championships.

More information on the program, course structure, instructors, and application details can be found online at


The Institute for Rowing Leadership, based in Brighton, MA, at Community Rowing Inc., is a one of a kind opportunity for leaders in rowing to study and share knowledge. As the only sport specific graduate level education program in the USA, the IRL provides an intensive yearlong post-graduate fellowship program for selected applicants seeking the Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership. The IRL fellowship program has a curriculum based on both academic and experiential learning methodologies with fellows spending 16-20 hours a week in the classroom learning from Boston-area professors, coaches and professionals, and 16-20 hours a week on-the-water coaching and implementing lessons learned in the classroom. The IRL identifies and develops future leaders for the sport equipping fellows with leadership and management training as well as the highest level of technical knowledge about the sport of rowing. In addition, the IRL provides additional community wide learning opportunities for continued professional development through monthly Coaching Education Series events highlighted by the annual ‘What Works’ Summit held each February.

Additional information may be found at | Twitter: @IRLatCRI |


Rowing changes lives. At Community Rowing Inc. (CRI), the largest nonprofit rowing organization in the United States serves more than 7,000 rowers annually based in Brighton, MA, we are dedicated to fostering a community that is both welcoming and supportive. Under the banner of “Rowing for All”, we make rowing accessible without regard to individual ability, background or experience with a range of programs for beginners, recreational rowers, and competitive athletes. CRI promotes health and fitness for the entire greater Boston community, delivering after-school programs to urban youth, health and fitness programs to physically and mentally challenged members of the community, and learn-to-row programming for youth and adults. CRI was founded in 1985 by a group of Olympic and National Team rowers with the goal of widening the circle of rowing and securing public access for the sport on the Charles River. Today, the organization has over 40 programs and a fleet of more than 105 sweep and sculling shells.

Additional information may be found at | Instagram: @CRIBoston | Twitter: @CRIBoston | Facebook: Community-Rowing,-Inc.-CRI |

For more information, please contact: Matt Lehrer, CRI Director of Coaching Education, 617.634.9527,

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