The following members form the coaching squad for 2019/2020:
Paul Franklin has been coaching since 1997 and rowing/sculling himself since 1990. He has coached at all levels from novice to national level and holds the British Rowing Silver Coaching Award. A successful sweep and sculling coach, he particularly enjoys coaching sculling. He handles all aspects of coaching including training plans, technique training, squad/team management and has managed other coaches in his squad coaching teams both at EERC and also at Marlow RC.
As Chief Coach, Paul is responsible for designing and implementing training programmes for the club as a whole and works with the other coaches to do this. He is the coach for the extremely successful EERC Masters Women team, who had two boats winning gold medals at Henley Masters Regatta in 2019.
Coaching initially with EERC, he looked after the leading women’s crew taking them through a full year of technical and conditioning training and a successful season of 4+ racing, moving from novice to senior 1 status, winning 6 out of 8 town regattas attended during the season. While working with Marlow Rowing Club he has been responsible at various times for the Senior Men and Master’s Women teams and has worked with the Junior squad.
From his versatile experience he is completely familiar with the process for town regatta racing, national level multi-lane racing and for Henley Royal Regatta where he has had crews regularly qualify in all the boat types from single, double, four and quad right up to the eight. He coached the EERC four which qualified for Henley in 2011 – by 2 kg per man the lightest crew in the event.
Rachel holds a UKCC Level 2 Club Coach qualification and has completed training in exercise and mental health, safeguarding and first aid.
Rachel has coached across the club structure at EERC from learn to row courses, to supporting the junior squads, and working with novices taking their first steps in competition. She is also currently supporting a member in their Atlantic rowing campaign and comes from a coastal rowing background.
Fiona has been a member of Eton Excelsior Rowing Club since 1996. She started as a novice in the Foundation squad but quickly caught the rowing bug and moved into competitive rowing the following year, racing for the Senior squad in a coxed four.
Fiona is also an experienced sculler – competing in single, double and quadruple sculls at both club and national events. In addition to racing in regattas she has also represented EERC at the Scullers, Pairs, Fours and Women’s Eights Heads. She currently trains with the Women Masters squad.
Fiona served on the committee for many years as Captain, Safety Advisor, Secretary and Ordinary Member and was voted in as Vice-President in 2000. Fiona obtained her Instructor’s Award qualification and has been coaching beginners in both sweep and sculling for over 15 years. She currently helps with the Foundation Squad as well has teaching single sculling during the summer.
Patrick joined EERC as the Junior Coach in July 2019 and is a British Rowing Level 2 Qualified Coach.
Before joining the club, Patrick coached at The Windsor Boys’ School from 2014 to 2018 as Development Coach and Assistant Director and coached multiple squads from J13 to J18.
During this time, he coached several crews who went on to win at local and national level regattas including medal wins at the highest junior level competitions: The Junior Sculling Head, The National Schools Regatta and the British Rowing Championships.
Whilst at The Windsor Boys’ School, Patrick coached a tally of 9 national medal wins in 4 seasons. His major coaching highlights were during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, in which he coached The Windsor Boys’ School first eight, who went on to qualify and compete both years in the Princess Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. During his career at The Windsor Boys’ School Patrick coached on 6 training camps which included camps in France and Germany.
Patrick started rowing in Year 9 at the age of 13 on the same stretch of river as EERC at The Windsor Boys’ School and became hooked on the sport immediately. During his years as a Junior athlete, Patrick achieved local and national level success including medals at the British Rowing Championships and Ghent International Regatta in Belgium at the age of 16.
Patrick is ambitious to develop the Junior Programme at EERC and to use all his extensive coaching and rowing experience to give all Juniors at the Club the opportunity to row, train and compete at local and national level competitions and beyond.
Tom joined the club after his first pubs and clubs rowing crash-course and having been enthused by watching his late son race in Regattas as a member of the Windsor Boys’ School Boat Club. Now retired, he was a passionate sculler but now coaches when he can and he is the unofficial club historian.
He was Secretary of the Coronation Regatta held in 2013 to honour the Queen and was formerly Chairman of WBSBC. His not-so-secret ambition is to see the Windsor and Eton Regatta revived!
Pete Clements career as both a successful Cox and coach began back in the Spring of 2005 at an EERC Learn to Row course.
In 2006, Pete teamed up with a regular novice men’s crew training four nights a week with double sessions on the weekend; both Saturday and Sunday. The dedication paid off, and that year Stu Fenn, Alex Lidgate, John Sismey, Joff Cann and Pete won their novice pot at Henley Town and Visitors Regatta against Upper Thames RC, verdict easily.
Pete went on to cox at all levels from Pubs and Clubs Novice Regattas to coxing the winning Vet Ladies Crew achieving gold at the National Veteran Championships in 2009 (WB IM3 4+). With the intention of furthering his rowing knowledge Pete completed the level 2 coaching qualification in 2009. He is only too happy to share his knowledge and expertise with Club Members of all levels.