ResizedImage100100 IRL Seal   ResizedImage100105 USCCE NCACE Accredited Program LogoThe Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership at the Institute for Rowing Leadership ("The IRL") is an intensive, one-year coaching education program hosted at CRI.  It is designed to give our students learning opportunities to achieve the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a master rowing coach. The IRL is the only coaching education program for rowing accredited at any level in the United States.  And, it is among only five of coach education programs that have received highest status (Level 5) certification for coaching education excellence.


Application Deadline: Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. Apply today!

Orientation: Monday July 1, 2019.

Classes Start: Monday, July 8, 2019 

Download the Course Catalogue: Download Here

Download the Class of 2020 Application: Download Here

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The IRL curriculum focuses on four major tenets of learning - three interdisciplinary classroom segments and the opportunity to apply new knowledge on the water through an internship.  

The four tenets include:  

  • Coaching Methods addresses leadership, communication, and the pedagogy of teaching.  This area focuses on the teaching / learning interface necessary to be an extraordinary coach.
  • Sports Science is a comprehensive review of the science and application of the physiological and neurological components of performance specifically focused on athletic development of rowers.
  • Rowing Administration provides a detailed education about off-the-water responsibilities critical to be a successful leader - on the water and off.
  • Coaching Practicum - A structured internship, which includes mentoring and on-water coaching experiences to implement classroom strategies in real time.

Check out a One Page Program Summary to learn more and find out about our current IRL fellows, alumni, instructors, and courses by following the links below.  If you want a deeper sense of the educational underpinnings behind the IRL? Check out pages 36-49 of the Winter 2015 Edition of the United States Olympic Committee's Olympic Coach Magazine for a more in depth look at investing in coach leadership training.

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The Institute For Rowing Leadership is accredited at the highest level (5) offered by USCCE-NCACE and is the only accredited US Coaching Education Program for the sport of rowing in the world.


IRL Fellows

IRL Fellows at CRI

Meet the incoming Class of 2020 and the graduating Class of 2019 IRL Fellows!

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IRL Instructors

IRL Instructors at CRI

Meet the IRL Course Instructors!

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IRL Course Info

IRL Course Info

Learn more about IRL course offerings.

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IRL Alumni

Meet IRL Alumni

Meet our previous IRL graduates!

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Information about the Institute for Rowing Leadership.

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