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“No one wants to row with jerks… in the end, the only thing you get to takeaway from the whole [rowing] experience, is your character” – Dan Gilbert

In this Rower Academy interview, we had the pleasure of sitting down with coxswain, coach, and newest Rower Academy Coxswain Coach, Dan Gilbert. Daniel Gilbert is a former United States National Team Training Center coxswain, IRA winner and eight-time Head of The Charles champion. He started coxing at Brighton High School in Rochester New York before attending Hobart College. After graduating in 2006, Daniel coxed at Penn A.C. then the Princeton Training center until 2009 when he started coaching. Daniel left coaching to peruse a career in corporate restructuring and now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he volunteers with the Charlotte Youth Rowing Club and continues to cox competitively.

For any of you young coxswains out there working hard in high school to be recruited to row in college, this interview is for the whole family and is not to be missed!



Topics Covered:

0:12 Coxswain, Coach, and Coxswain Coach

2:27 From Brighton Rowing Club to Collegiate Recruit

13:20 Life as a Hobart Student Athlete

26:05 Penn AC/National Team Training Center

52:40 Moving From Coxswain, to Coaching, to Volunteer 

58:25 Advice for Aspiring Student Athletes


To contact Dan Gilbert directly: