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Coaches

Drew Combs, Incoming Head Coach/Program Director

Coach Drew comes to the LHRC with almost 30 years of experience in the rowing world beginning when he would help his dad set up and run the Eastern Sprints on Lake Waramaug (now held on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, MA). Next up was three years of rowing (injured 4th) for Marist College where his crews often were ranked in the top 20. This was followed by coaching stays at Kent School, Community Rowing, Inc. (CRI), Northeastern University, University of Buffalo, Sarasota Crew, Norwalk River Rowing Association, Fairfield University and the Connecticut Boat Club. Having grown up in New Preston and attended Shepaug Valley School, Coach Drew feels as if he is returning home now.

Coach Drew Combs and assistant coach Swain.

Coach Drew Combs and assistant coach Swain.

"I am very excited to be joining the program and helping to continue on its success thanks to the hard work of Coach Kynan (Reelick) and Coach Kris (Johnson). Litchfield has always been home to me, so I know the advantages and challenges of the area that will help us build a nationally recognized club. Rowing has always been a misunderstood sport and many of you are new to the sport, so I will always encourage questions. I am a teacher according to my college degrees, so I love to educate. I simply found a better classroom. I have been fortunate to work with some of the best coaches in the country as well as some very talented athletes. I look forward to helping each athlete achieve their goals here at LHRC."

Drew Stone, Assistant Coach

Drew began his rowing career at LHRC in 2011 and continued at LHRC throughout his high school career, competing at events throughout CT and New England. After graduating, he attended St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, where he competed in the Varsity Men's 4 for all four years. During his time at Fisher, he competed at many events, including the Dad Vail Regatta as well as the Head of the Charles where he placed 16th during his sophomore year.

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Drew recently just earned a dual degree in Anthropology and Sociology from St. John Fisher College. He is excited to be at LHRC as a coach, and hopes to have the same impact on the program as his coaches had on him.

Kristine Johnson, Former head coach/Program director

Kristine started her sculling career in 2007 in the United Kingdom at Leeds Rowing Club. In a short span of time, she went from a Novice to an Elite sculler, winning at British regattas such as the Metropolitan Regatta and the Henley Womens Regatta, while finishing 2nd at British Nationals on two separate occasions, qualifying for Henley Royal Regatta, and then winning again at Home International Regatta in both the 1x and 8+ events. She also competed at other regattas such as the Royal Holland Beker, Brandenburg Regatta and the South African and Zimbabwean Nationals.

"These are exciting times ahead. It's about moving onward and upwards together; spreading the love and camaraderie for the sport. With the people that it brings together, anything is possible."

Kynan Reelick, Former Head Coach/Program Director

Kynan started rowing at the age of 14, at a small club while his family was living in New Zealand, and hasn’t stopped since. Racing in a quad, Kynan was hooked on the beauty and simplicity of the sport and rose to the level of international competition as a junior. During this time, he moved back to the states and began rowing for GMS in New Milford in a single scull.

After high school, he was recruited to Syracuse University in upstate New York. As a sweep rower for the Orange, he rowed competitively for four years.

Having graduated from college with a degree in Biology, Kynan decided to continue to work within the sport he loved, and traded his shell for a coaching launch. He coached at Fordham University in the Bronx, and Pelham Community Rowing Association in Pelham, New York before coming to Litchfield.

Now Head Coach at Litcfield Hills Rowing Club, Kynan looks forward to an exciting season with both the masters and the juniors, and hopes to develop in others the passion that has kept him coming back to the water every season.

Kelsey Reelick, Former Coach

Kelsey began rowing in New Zealand in 2005. After moving to the States, she began rowing at GMS, and then at Connecticut Boat Club (CBC), winning USRowing Youth Nationals in the 4x, 8+, and 2-. She also won the Head of the Charles, and medalled at CRASH-Bs.

Kelsey Reelick coaching from the LHRC Safety Boat.

Collegiately, she rowed in Princeton's First Varsity boat all 4 years, which won the 2011 NCAA Championship, placed as the runner-up in the 2013 NCAA Championship, and won 3 Ivy League Championships. She graduated in 2014 with an English degree.

Post-college, Kelsey worked in New York City for a year before moving to Washington, DC to get back into the rowing world.

Her favorite thing about coaching is seeing the sport transform people, and open new doors.

Dave Cullmer, Former Coach

Before joining the LHRC in early 2014, Dave rowed for GMS Rowing Center in New Milford during high school where he competed in local and national level events. He attended Mercyhurst University where he was part of the Varsity Mens Lightweight team all four years winning two Dad Vail Championships in the Lightweight Eight event. Dave also set a world record for longest distance erging in 24 hours by a 10 man lightweight team. During his senior year, he was selected to be in the straight four (out of 50 rowers) to compete in the Royal Henley Regatta in England.

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Academically, he received two degrees -- one in mathematics and the other in philosophy. Dave is currently attending graduate school but still drops by when in town. His hobbies include participating in other sports such as cycling and recreational activities such as frisbee and table tennis.

Anna Kobayashi, Former Coach

Anna Kobayashi began rowing in the summer before high school at GMS Rowing Center in New Milford, CT. She continued to train at GMS for all four years of high school concluding with a gold medal at the 2009 USRowing Junior National Championships in the Women's Quad. In the summer of 2009, she was invited to the Junior National Team Selection Camp for sculling. She made the CanAmMex team representing the United States and received a bronze medal at the USRowing Club National Championships in the Women's Intermediate category.

Anna was recruited to row at Lehigh University and was a freshman in the varsity 8 all year. Anna transferred to the University of Virginia (UVA) where she continued to row all three years as a Cavalier. In 2012, the Cavaliers won the NCAA Division I National Rowing Championship.

On her own, Anna was invited to the U-23 Lightweight National Team Selection Camp every summer during college. Additionally, in the summer of 2011 along with three other Cavalier women, Anna had the pleasure of competing at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta where they received gold in the Women's Senior Quad.

Anna graduated from UVA with a B.S. in Kinesiology and a concentration in Sports Medicine and has been working at Danbury Orthopedics as a rehabilitation technician in both their physical therapy and occupational therapy sports medicine clinics. Anna is excited to return to rowing as a coach and hopes to inspire others to develop a love and passion for the sport as she did.