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Meet Our New Coach!

Happy New Year! We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.

Coach Drew Combs and his trusty regatta dog and sidekick, Swain.

Coach Drew Combs and his trusty regatta dog and sidekick, Swain.

Looking forward to 2019, it gives us great pleasure to announce that Drew Combs will be joining the Litchfield Hills Rowing Club (LHRC) as Head Coach and Program Director beginning Monday, February 4, at which point he will oversee all rowing activities and facilities for the club's masters and juniors programs.

Coach Drew (yes, another 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.

“LHRC family, I am very excited to be joining the program and help continue to build on the 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. I also look forward to meeting everyone soon and discussing our plans for spring and beyond.”

– Coach Drew C.

If you would like to meet Coach Drew before his official arrival, we’ve arranged a meet and greet for Saturday, January 12, Noon - 1:00 pm at our indoor facility (607 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT 06750). We encourage you to come by and say hello. Otherwise, please don’t hesitate to email with any questions, comments or suggestions. And as always, thank you for your continued efforts to help make the LHRC one of the best rowing clubs in the US.

Sincerely,

LHRC Board