Claire A. Kuehnel, Boys Novice Coach
Coach Kuehnel grew up in North Reading, MA, and graduated from North Reading High School in 2008. She played soccer and ran indoor and outdoor track in high school, serving as captain of women’s soccer team in her senior year. She began rowing as a walk-on at Boston University in the fall of 2008. She sat t hree seat in the varsity 4+ in the spring of her freshman year, seven seat of V8 in the fall and spring sophomore year, and stroked in the fall and spring of junior year.
During the summers of 2009 and 2010, she sculled with the U23 Sculling Development Camp out of M.I.T., and competed at Club Nationals and Canadian Henley. She placed 2nd in the Senior Women’s 2x in 2010 at Club Nationals. She sculled for coach Larry Gluckman at Craftsbury Outdoor Center as a part of the Small Boat Training Center team in 2011. She placed 2nd at U23 World Championship trials in the women’s open 2x. In 2011, she placed 3rd in the U23 and Senior Women’s 2x at Canadian Henley. She competed at the Pan-American trials in the open women’s 2x. In 2012, she began rowing at Riverside Boat Club with the High Performance Group under Coach Tom Keister.
She had her first coaching experience at Craftsbury Outdoor Center during the summer of 2011 with the Hosmer Sculling Group. She had the opportunity to coach all ages and a variety of skill levels, from people who had never been in a boat to athletes who had been rowing for 40+ years. She served as a volunteer assistant coach for Wayland-Weston Crew in the spring of 2012 with Coach Kusturic as her her first opportunity to work with a high school program. She looks forward to being a part of the Wayland-Weston Crew community as Girls Novice Coach.
I first got involved in crew as a walk-on my freshman year at BU. Having been a three-sport athlete in high school, I knew I wanted to continue to be a part of a sports team. My uncle (who rowed at UMass Amherst) encouraged me to visit him in the Berkshires during the summer before I began college, and told me he would teach me how to row. He took me out in a training single, taught me the basics, and I was instantly hooked.
What’s your favorite crew memory?
Head of the Charles 2010. This was my first race as stroke for the V8 and it was an exciting race on a beautiful Charles weekend. I was really nervous before the race but our 8+ had a great race.
What has crew done for you?
Crew has allowed me to travel, compete, meet new people, make life-long friends, among many other things. It taught me determination, commitment, leadership skills and focus. All of my fondest memories from college involve crew.
Why do you coach?
I coach because I want to share my passion about crew with others. It is such an amazing sport, and being able to help athletes learn and improve is a special thing.
Favorite written quote?
“If we don’t start, it’s certain we can’t arrive.” –Zig Ziglar
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” –Winston Churchill
Favorite spoken quote?
“GO NOW!” –Larry Gluckman