Drew Combs, 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.
"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.
Drew recently 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.