Exeter College Boat Club (Oxford) – Head Rowing Coach

Exeter College Boat Club is looking for a dedicated and driven Head Coach to join us from the 2024-25 academic year to oversee our Men’s and Women’s squads, as we begin entering external regattas and continue to push our athletes to the highest levels.

ECBC are looking to hire a Head Coach to join us in the 2024-25 academic year, to manage both of our men’s and women’s squads. We believe the best way of maintaining a cohesive club is to spread resources evenly across our men’s and women’s sides, and we also have a wide range of ability and fitness levels, so applicants should feel comfortable coaching at all levels.

Our top priority is maintaining a fun and friendly environment, and keeping the balance of pushing our top athletes to the highest levels with ensuring an inclusive atmosphere. It is vital that any applicant is able to keep a balance between healthy competition and inclusivity. We have a lot of healthy competition for seats in the first VIII on our women’s side, an atmosphere we want to continue and extend to our men’s side.

Our season is based around the intercollegiate bumps races in March and June, with training largely being based around preparation for this. We now have the budget to attend external regattas, so our goal is to also be able to field competitive boats for these events.


  • Coaching around 6 water sessions per week across men’s and women’s boats
  • Programming and delivering training plans both on and off the water
  • Keeping a log of erg scores and appropriate other data to enable fair crew selection
  • Providing technical feedback to rowers and coxes
  • Clear communication with the captains and president in order to set attainable goals and measure progress
  • (Mainly Michaelmas (Autumn) term) Helping seniors coach novices, in particular novice coxes.

Essential Criteria

  • Availability during term time to coach sessions (mornings and evenings)
  • Ability to programme and execute training plans both on and off the water
  • Ability to give focussed technical feedback to rowers and coxes
  • Ability to balance encouraging competition with inclusivity
  • Previous coaching experience
  • Availability the week before the start of Hilary (Spring) and Trinity (Summer) terms for pre-season camps.

Desirable Criteria

  • Familiarity with Oxford college rowing, particularly bumps racing
  • Understanding of / experience coxing
  • Good understanding of boat rigging and equipment.

Interested applicants should send a CV and covering letter detailing why they would suit the role to the President at [email protected]

Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis beginning w/c 24 June, and will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Salary: Dependent on experience

Type: 5 sessions (60-90 mins) per week, on average

Application Dates: From Monday 10th June 2024 to Sunday 4th August 2024

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