WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Williams College men's crew senior captain Logan Jester (Tallahassee, FL) is one of 10 people who have been selected to participate in USRowing's Class of 2017 Institute for Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing, Inc. after graduation.
In June Jester will begin participating in a yearlong "active learning" fellowship experience culminating with an Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership through the Institute for Rowing.
The program involves 16-20 hours a week of classroom work on leadership and management and 16-20 hours a week of the highest form of technical training, and training on the water with world class youth, collegiate and pre-elite level coaches on the Charles River and throughout the Boston area.
"I heard about the Institute for Rowing Leadership (IRL) a few years ago from Matt Lehrer, the director of coaching education at Community Rowing, Incorporated (CRI), a boathouse in Boston," Jester stated. Lehrer visited Williams to talk about the program with the men's and women's crew teams. Jester was intrigued by the prospect of pursuing a coaching fellowship in the sport he loves.
"Logan is one of our strongest guys, very coachable, and adaptable, has rowed in the Varsity 8 since his freshman year," noted Eph interim head men's crew coach Colin Regan. "As a captain and teammate his greatest strength in this area is leadership by example. He has set the example for everyone around him in terms of training volume and consistency. Logan demonstrated a lot of poise this fall, when he was not in the Varsity early on and set a good example of how to just do the work and earn your spot."
"I spent this past summer in Boston at CRI, the boathouse out of which the program is based, and after spending so much time at the boathouse getting to know the people there and getting to know better what the program and the community at CRI is about, I couldn't help but find myself becoming increasingly excited," said Jester. "I knew I was enthusiastic about people and helping them learn what rowing could teach. I knew I was excited about the physiology, psychology, and philosophy of sport and I knew I wanted rowing and coaching to be a part of my life. The IRL fits those criteria."
"Logan is an excellent addition to the IRL and will be an exceptional addition to the rowing world as a coach," added Regan. "I look forward to seeing him around races and hearing about his journey in the coaching launch."