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Steve Gladstone’s

Youth Rowing Clinic and Coaches Symposium

Guiding athletes and coaches toward a mindset which will advance their rowing and coaching careers, in conjunction with in depth instruction on rowing technique and physiological rowing programs

This is your opportunity to receive instruction from Steve Gladstone, considered to be one of the most, if not the most, successful collegiate rowing coaches in American history

The knowledge that top rowing coaches and their athletes possess is often only accessible to a limited number of people.

You will have access to in-person, on-water and in-classroom instruction that will provide you with the knowledge, strategies, and first-hand experiences from those individuals who have achieved at the highest level.

You will learn all this from one of the most celebrated and successful coaches in American rowing history, and his colleagues.

Coach Gladstone’s 50+ year coaching career has resulted in 14 IRA National Championships – Cal (6), Brown (5) and Yale (3). His career includes 9 Pac-10 Championships and 15 Eastern Sprints titles. Gladstone has also received the US Rowing Medal and earned a trifecta of Coach of the Year honors from the IRA, Ivy League and the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges (EARC).

The young men and women who have been coached by Gladstone will affirm that he measures their success not so much by the accumulation of their awards or recognitions. Rather, their success has been measured by their endeavoring to bring full measure to each practice every day. That mindset continues to inform their lives long after their rowing careers are over.  

Gladstone is known for his unique ability to guide his athletes to the highest levels of competition. He does this by focusing on cultivating a passion for rowing. He recognizes that it is trust amongst the athletes that allow his teams to compete at the highest level on race day. Steve’s legacy as a coach and mentor continues to inspire and shape the world of rowing.

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Improve your mental physical technical skills

Join us at Kent School, July 23 – 26, for a Limited Enrollment High Performance Coaching Symposium and Youth Development Clinic.


Rowers attending the Clinic will hone their fitness, improve their technical skills, and practice important mental training components, under the direction of  Coach Steve Gladstone.


Youth, Masters, and College Coaches attending the Symposium will shadow Coach Gladstone in each training session, as well as participate in round table discussions focused on elevating their coaching craft.

U19 Men’s and Women’s Rowers

This is your opportunity to learn from a legend. Gladstone’s illustrious career has seen him transform teams at Princeton, Harvard, University of California, Berkeley, Brown University, and Yale into championship-winning powerhouses. And within those boathouses, Gladstone has guided numerous collegiate athletes into becoming National Champions, World Champions, and Olympic Champions. His unique approach to rowing focuses on team dynamics and morale, personal growth, and the relentless pursuit of excellence. Under Steve’s tutelage you will learn to become a “student of the craft” and to “embrace the struggle that inevitably leads to growth on and off the water.”

Our youth clinics offer immersive rowing experiences, where you’ll not only improve your technical skills but also learn teamwork, discipline, and internal leadership under Gladstone and his expert coaching staff’s guidance. Whether you’re a novice rower or already preparing for collegiate level competition, this clinic will equip you with the tools you need to excel.


If you are a high school, college, or masters coach looking to enhance your team’s performance, our high performance coaches symposiums are for you. Learn directly from Coach Gladstone as he shares his insights on program building, finding and maintaining momentum, as well as strategies for gaining speed through fitness, technique, and morale. Shadow coach Gladstone on the water and in the erg room, as he coaches the youth clinic. Learn even more at coaching roundtables hosted between on-water sessions.

You’ll walk away with practical, actionable strategies which you will be able to immediately incorporate into your coaching practices. Further, you’ll have the opportunity to network with and learn from other top-level coaches, creating a community of learning and growth.



  • July 23 – 26 (Tuesday to Friday).  4 days, 3 nights at Kent School, in Kent Connecticut.

Who can participate?

  • 14-18 year old athletes with at least one season of rowing/coxing experience
  • Youth, Masters, and Collegiate Coaches with at least one season of coaching experience

What is the total enrollment for the youth clinic?

  • The men’s youth clinic is limited to 2 coxswains and 18 rowers
  • The women’s youth clinic is limited to 1 coxswain and 10 rowers

What is the total enrollment for the coaching symposium?

  • The coaching symposium is limited to five coaches

Why is the total enrollment for the Youth Clinic and Coaching Symposium so small?

  • Capped enrollment ensures each and every attending coach and athlete receives as much time, attention, and direction as possible from Coach Gladstone

How do you enroll?

  • As space is extremely limited, when registration opens, interested coaches and athletes will submit an application.  The application will capture various stats and accomplishments, as well as what each potential attendee hopes to achieve in their time with Coach Gladstone and what their rowing goals are for the future.  Athletes are not required to meet specific erg scores, but will be asked to submit their scores to help determine initial lineups/boatings. The main requirement for attending athletes and coaches is that they possess a true desire to improve, an attitude and temperament for receiving coaching, and (most importantly) the ability to adopt and implement changes.   

Is this a Learn to Row?

  • This is not a Learn to Row clinic.  The youth clinic is a Performance Development Camp, serving rowers who have at least one season of rowing/coxing experience.

What’s Included for Attendees?

  • Coaching, Classroom Learning, and Roundtable Discussions.
  • Lodging, meals, access to boathouse and equipment at the Kent School.
  • Gear (Hat, Water Bottle, Journal)
  • Meals and snacks


  • AirFare and transportation to and from Kent are not included or provided.


  • The cost is $2500 for both athletes and coaches, invoiced and payable upon acceptance to the clinic/symposium.

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Rower Academy is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for rowers, coaches, and coxswains through our adherence to Safe Sport. Our campaign, adopted in conjunction with USRowing and the United States Olympic Committee, is focused on raising awareness and stopping abuse in rowing.

Rower Academy’s Safe Sport Policy adheres to the guidelines and mandates set forth by the governing body for all things rowing in the United States, USRowing. These policies govern all Rower Academy coaches, volunteers, and participants.