The captain of the UNH Men’s crew team, Zack enters his senior year as a degree candidate in History with minors in Spanish and Environmental Conservation and Sustainability. Serving as the Co-Camp Director for the Chester Recreation Summer Program, Zack hires and oversees counselors, develops programming, works with children ages 4-16 and communicates with parents and administrators. Thus Zack’s managerial and teaching skills will abet his coaching when working with the Novice GBR rowers. Additionally, Zack’s years on the UNH Men’s team under three different coaches provided him with the opportunity to learn and observe many different coaching styles, while his summer sculling and racing under Coach Loukes has expanded his rowing understanding and abilities. We welcome Zack to our program and look forward to the progress our novice and other team members will make under his tutelage.
Beginning his rowing career with Hanover crew in his sophomore year of high school, Nathaniel earned a seat in the first boat his junior year, racing into the grand finals at NEIRA’s—a first for a Hanover crew. While attending UNH, Nathaniel’s freshman year ‘first boat’ rowed the most successful season for UNH men since the 1990’s. They placed 4th at New England’s and ECAC’s and 8th at ACRA’s. He continued rowing in his junior and senior years, stroking the Varsity 8 in his final year. Currently a software engineer for Profittools, Nathaniel graduated last year from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Spending many summer hours over the years sculling on the Connecticut River, Nathaniel also brings his expertise in small boats to the GBR program where we look forward to all the experience he has to offer the GBR boys as well as the rest of the team.
Quinn is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he earned a degree in Mathematics Education. During his senior year he joined the UNH Rowing team and was immediately infatuated with the sport. He continued to row during his time as a graduate student at UNH while interning at Winnacunnet High School. Quinn is currently a 7th grade math teacher at Dover Middle School as well as an assistant coach for the Portsmouth High School Track team. He is looking forward to combining his experience coaching track and his experiencing rowing with the GBR juniors.
Shawn Taylor is a Junior at the University of New Hampshire studying Ancient and Medieval History. He began his rowing career his freshman year at UNH and is currently in his third year of rowing. Shawn was drawn to the sport by the physical challenge and the cohesive team dynamic that the sport demands. Shawn is a Corporal in the Marine Corps Reserves and is currently pursuing a commission as an officer in the Marine Corps following his graduation from UNH. Shawn aims to teach an appreciation for both the demands of teamwork and the value of challenging one’s self to constantly improve both mentally, morally, and physically.
Renate, a resident of Durham for almost 15 years, first learned to row as a child in Germany, and re-discovered the sport with GBR. She has been a club member of GBR for 11 years and is serving her second three-year term as a board member. She’s an active member of the masters group, sweeping and sculling, and always ready to take a new masters rower out on the river or jump in a boat when an extra person is needed. Renate provided hours of service in launching and maintaining our web site; she’s at the boathouse on every clean-up day, and she’s volunteered at National Learn to Row Day each year when the club opens its doors and provides a chance to anyone to come try rowing. When she’s not rowing or volunteering, she can be found in a launch coaching novices for the GBR and at Berwick Academy, or teaching new rowers at the GBR Learn-to-Row programs. Renate joined the board to ensure masters representation in the club deliberations and planning, and has been instrumental in balancing and integrating the needs of the junior programs with the needs of the masters. Her perspective is avidly inclusive; she advocates for juniors, masters, competitive and recreational rowing members of the club alike, facilitating our partnership with Berwick Academy rowing program and UNH as well. Renate is also a GBR Board member.
Nick began rowing in 2007, and continued to row competitively through middle school, high school and college, when he rowed for Clark University. Nick’s high school career was fairly competitive, and his boat placed in or won a number of races his junior and senior years. College provided further opportunities to learn, compete, and grow as rower. Nick made the varsity four by the end of his sophomore year, was team captain his junior and senior years, and made the grand finals of multiple races over the during this time, capping his collegiate rowing career with a 4th place finish in New England Rowing Championship’s grand finals. In addition to a long career as an athlete, Nick has also spent his last four summers working as a coach for adults and children in a variety of programs.