The SPS Boys’ Crew program is looking to have a strong year. With Six returning oarsmen from the 2018 first eight, and six returning oarsmen from the NEIRA bronze medalist second eight, the team is looking to build on the experiences and successes of last year. A strong crop of returning athletes from the 2018 third and fourth eights, and a large number of new oarsmen and coxswains give the SPS Boys’ Crews the largest and deepest squad they’ve fielded in recent years. Now that the ice is receding from Turkey Pond and the lake is mostly open to rowing, the crews are working hard to prepare for their first test, racing with Tabor Academy at hone on April 20th. With this contest the 2019 season will get underway. Led by Captains Angus Gruner and Scott Spurzem, and buttressed by a strong group of 5th and 6th Formers, the SPS crews enter the season with high aspirations. Competitions on Turkey Pond on against Tabor Academy on April 20th, against Hanover High School on May 11th, and Phillips Exeter Academy on May 18th will provide home races for the SPS teams, while the boys will travel to Boston to race BC High on April 24th, and Andover to race Phillips Academy on May 4th. In all, this has the makings of a highly competitive season for the boys’ crews.
Chip Campbell attended Yale, where he earned distinction as a rower at the intercollegiate and international levels. Since that time, he has been involved with many different crew organizations in a 30-year coaching career, spurred by a love for the sport and working with athletes who share that same passion.
Mr. Campbell is an accomplished rowing coach, who has served as coach of the US Junior Men's Development Camp (1997 and 1998) and the US Junior Men's Sweep Team (2002-10). As head coach of the US Junior Team, he guided the crew to the bronze medal in 2008 and the gold medal in 2010 at the World Junior Rowing Championships.
“Each sport has a structure that drives development and performance,” he says. “My goal each day is to engage the athletes in pushing to expand their ability to train and compete.”