Executive Director & Women's Competitive Coach
Eric is the founder of the Juniors Programs within Nashville Rowing as well as it's first full-time employee. He is from the Washington, DC area where he learned to row at Gonzaga College High School. Eric started rowing as a sophomore in 2001, where by Senior year he had earned 2003 Washington Post First-Team All-Met, attended the 2003 Junior National Team Selection Camp, and the Gonzaga Varsity 8+ made their first Stotesbury Final in school history (2003). Eric continued to row at Boston College, being named captain for the 2006-2007 academic year. While there, Eric's favorite achievement was earning Bronze in the Collegiate 4+ at the 2006 Head of the Charles.
In his first five years of coaching, Eric returned to his alma matar to take Gonzaga Freshmen crews to multiple WMIRA Championships and a Stotesbury Bronze Medal (2009), and Bishop Ireton High School to multiple WMIRA medals and a 10th place finish at SRAA Nationals (2013).
During that time Eric has been coaching for the United States Junior Men's National Team programs for over 7 years. Most recently, Eric coached the CanAmMex Team to two gold medals each of the 2013 and 2014 summers against Canada and Mexico in the M8+ (2013, 2014) and the M4+ (2013, 2014), as well as taking the Worlds Development Team to Banyoles, Spain for training in 2015.
In the brief time since arriving in Nashville, Eric's crews have medaled at Southeast Youth Regionals, USRowing Southeast Masters Regionals, USRowing Masters Nationals, as well as multiple other Fall, Winter, and Spring races, as well as placing 10th in the Women's Youth 4+ at Youth Nationals in 2015. His coaching staff has grown to include other Junior National Team coaches as well as coaches with extensive collegiate coaching experience, coxswain experience, and sculling experience. Most importantly, with the program within it's first three years, four athletes moved on to row in college (one winning an NCAA title in 2015), another two athletes making the Junior Women's National CanAmMex Team, and one athlete earning a bronze at the 2015 Junior Worlds in the Women's 8+.
Men's Competitive Coach
Cory began his rowing career at St. Paul's School in Concord NH in 2003 and was a member of the rowing team for his entire time there, as well as a varsity letter winner in wrestling and football, earning the Football Coaches Award his senior year. He continued on as a four year Varsity oarsmen at Bates College, and was a part of some of the most successful seasons the team had up to that point. Cory was elected by his teammates as a Men’s Team Captain in both his Junior and Senior years. As a captain, Cory was at the forefront of helping to organize, fundraise, train, and lead the first men’s boat in Bates College history to participate at the Royal Henley Regatta in the summer of 2009. He was named to the 2010 ECAC National Invitational Rowing Championships All-Conference Team in his senior year.
During his time at Bates College, Cory also spent two summers working at Northeast Rowing Center with high school students, and learning from some of the best college coaches in the country. After graduating, Cory was able to work for the St. Paul’s Advanced Studies Program as a teaching intern and coach of the rowing program, working with a large team of true novice rowers to go from never seeing a boat to completing a full race with 4 boats across in just under 5 weeks.
Cory spent 3 years teaching studio art, being a dorm parent, and coaching at Hebron Academy in Maine as a Defensive Coordinator for the football team as well as leading a Strength & Conditioning program in the Winter. His proximity to Bates College allowed him to be a volunteer coach under head coach Peter Steenstra several days a week. He has spent the last 4 summers working with the USRowing Junior Men's National Team, first as an intern and now as a High Performance Coach in Pittsburgh, PA. His boats competed at Club Nationals, with 2 boats advancing to the grand finals of the U19 8+, and a gold medal in the U17 4+. Cory still competes with the Bates College Alumni 8+ at the Head of the Charles.
In his first year as the Novice coach with Nashville Rowing his crews found success throughout the year, culminating in a 4th place finish for the Men's Novice 4+ and a 3rd place finish for the Women's Novice 4+ at Southeast Regionals.
Development Team Coach
What are three unique details about yourself?
I was a serial musical theater actor (before rowing became life)
I treat pets like they’re my children ( my actual children will become rowers)
I will never turn down a cup of coffee (to sustain rowing, I mean life)
What brought you to Nashville?
After college, I joined a Fortune 500 company in California. It was terrible, I was never outdoors, working exhausting hours, and slowly going insane from the non-stop Bay Area traffic. I had the opportunity to move out to Nashville and pursue my dream of becoming a successful writer. After a few months, I ran into a former Nashville Rowing coach at Target. Turned out it was her last day and she told me to apply for the position. Later that week I learned I would become a coach. Taking a chance to move out here, even in the short run, has paid off immensely. I couldn’t be more happy.
Why do you choose to coach?
I fell in love with rowing in college and I wanted to coach after I graduated. I let my parents dissuade me and took an awful job instead. Now I coach for an incredible program and I’m positive this is what I want to do, for as long as I can do it.
What three pieces of media (books, movies, etc) outside of rowing would you suggest to athletes looking to improve themselves? (and why?)
Parks and Recreation Series: I recommend this to all young women, Amy Poehler’s character is a force to be reckoned with and (even though fictional) someone I believe young women should look up to.
The Harry Potter books. Not the movies, books.
Pitch Perfect: Whatever weird thing you get into in college; own it, love it, live it.
RHS Rowing Club Sponsor
Sara Corcoran teaches Biology and AP Biology at Ravenwood High School. Mrs. Corcoran is the Ravenwood Rowing Club sponsor.