Cambridge appoints Chief Coach for 2009 Boat Race

Update from The Boat Race website:

‘Chris Nilsson has been appointed Chief Coach of the Cambridge University Boat Club. Chris joins the Club from his previous position as Olympic coach with Rowing New Zealand. He will lead the CUBC squad in the 2009 Boat Race campaign.

Rob Baker, who has acted as interim Chief Coach since the departure of Duncan Holland in May, will carry on with the CUBC as part of Chris’ coaching team. Rob led a very successful summer rowing season in 2008 which saw a CUBC crew represent GB in a World Cup regatta and win the Stewards’ Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.

Highlights of Chris Nilsson’s coaching career include: 2004-2008: National coach with Rowing New Zealand, coaching the men’s coxless four and heavyweight double sculls at the Beijing Olympics; 2001-2004: Assistant Coach, United States national men’s team; 1999-2000: Men’s Head Heavyweight Crew coach, Princeton University, USA 1997-1999: Assistant Coach, Oxford University Boat Club. Chris’ appointment concludes a thorough search process that has run through the summer of 2008.’

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