PCRA hires new Head Boys Coach

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!”