About

Junior Rowers

PCRA offers two programs for junior rowers: Race Team and the Development Team.

The race team competes at many regional, national, and international regattas including:  NY State Championships, Youth Nationals, Royal Canadian Henley and the Head of the Charles Regatta.

We have proudly graduated youth over the years from our junior program to schools such as: University of Notre Dame, University of Virginia, Georgetown University, University of Michigan, University of Delaware, Syracuse University, Boston University, Boston College, UMass, Holy Cross, NYU, Bowdoin, Trinity, Williams, Bucknell, Canisius, Fairfield, Ithaca and all the Ivy Leagues.

PCRA offers a development team program for athletes in the 7th, 8th and 9th grades. This program focuses on teaching the fundamentals of rowing, producing athletes who row well and are prepared for the race team.

Fall 2017 we are offering a Recreation Team. This non-competitive program is for experienced high school rowers who may not have the time to dedicate to Race Team. Our recreation team will practice one weekday afternoon and weekend mornings.


Coaches

We have a dedicated and talented coaching staff which promotes integrity, discipline, hard work, skills development, health, happiness, and fun.

Henrik Headshot
Director of Youth Programs and Development
H
enrik Rummel

Henrik was 13 years old when he first picked up an oar the Pittsford Crew boathouse near Rochester, NY. He immediately took to the sport, rowing for the Jr National team beginning at the age of 15 for three years in a row, winning Gold in the Jr World Championships in 2005.

Rummel went on to row in college under the legendary coach Harry Parker at Harvard, where he received a degree in Applied Mathematics. After winning the under-23 World Championships in 2008, Henrik decided he wanted to see how far he could take the sport, and joined the US Sr National Team in training for the Olympics. He won the Sr World Championships in the coxed pair in 2009, and became a long term mainstay in the men’s 4-, the US priority boat, beginning in 2010.

A two-time Olympian, Henrik and his teammates won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics and he was in the US priority boat each year leading up to the Olympics in 2016. In total, Henrik is the winner of 10 international medals, including 3 World Championship Golds: 2005 (Junior), 2008 (U23) and 2009 (Elite). His teammates recognized Henrik’s contribution by awarding him USRowing Male Athlete of the year In 2013.

Henrik and his wife Abra live in Brooklyn with their son Oliver, and dog Kona. After a stint working at an investment bank, Henrik decided to focus on sharing his love of the sport of rowing and took on the challenge of developing New York’s youth as the Director of Rowing and Development at PCRA.

 

Reid
Head Boys Coach
Reid Johnson

Pelham Community Rowing Association (PCRA) has hired Reid Johnson as the Head Boy’s Coach. He will begin August 21, 2017.

Johnson joins PCRA after serving two years as Intern Heavyweight Assistant Coach at Princeton under the direction of Head Coach, Greg Hughes. During this time, the Tigers were Rowe Cup Champions at Eastern Sprints in 2016 and all heavyweight athletes medaled at 2016 IRA National Championships. Johnson was directly responsible for the Novice program. Prior to his tenure at Princeton, he was the Novice Boys Coach at Saugatuck Rowing Club, where he led the team, racing as the second varsity, to a gold medal at the Northeast Regional Championships in 2015. That followed an undefeated fall and a highly successful spring season including championships for the Novice Eight at Head of the Riverfront, Housatonic and Schuylkill.

As an athlete, Johnson rowed at Hobart, where he served as team captain and won multiple Liberty League and New York state championships, as well as dual wins over Michigan, Williams, Trinity, and Bucknell. Before arriving at Hobart, he was a multiple-time New England Championship medalist at the Salisbury School, where he was a three-sport varsity athlete.

Henrik Rummel, two-time U.S. Olympian and medalist who joined PCRA this summer as Director of Youth Programs and Development, said, “My goal for the boys’ program is to make it nationally competitive. Reid brings the experience, enthusiasm and knowledge to help PCRA athletes become the best rowers they can be. We’re very excited to start working towards that goal this upcoming fall season!”

When asked about his decision to become the Head Boys Coach at PCRA, Johnson said, “It stems from a desire to teach and develop young athletes at a program hungry for success. I am excited to work with such an accomplished person in Henrik Rummel and feel fortunate to be given an amazing opportunity. My goal for the boys is to develop athletes who are easy to row with and very tough to row against. Go PCRA!”

 

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