NOVICE BOYS COACH
Coach Beck joined Wayland-Weston Crew in the spring of 2007. He is a 2004 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he earned an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics. He is a 2000 graduate of Carrabassett Valley Academy, Carrabassett Valley, Maine and attended Contoocook Valley Regional High School in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
Coach Beck went out for crew as a freshman at UNH. As a summer rower with Riverside Boat Club he brought home a gold medal in the Intermediate 4+ at the 2003 U.S. Rowing Association National Championships, and second place in the Senior 4- in the 2003 Royal Canadian Henley Regatta. Since college, rowing with the Gentle Giant Rowing Club, his 8+ has taken first place in 2006 Textile River Regatta, and placed second in the Club Eights in the 2006 Head of the Charles Regatta. ‘Karl brings experience coaching juniors as well as masters and open men. Most recently, he was coaching the boys varsity at Essex Rowing Club, where he had also coached novice boys. Prior to that, he worked with juniors at CRI, both novices and varsity. He also was involved in the adult sculling program there. Concurrent with his time at CRI, he was the head coach of the men’s sweep program at Riverside Boat Club, where he coached masters and open weight men. Karl started his coaching career at Wayland-Weston, where he worked with, again, both varsity and novice rowers. Karl’s crews have been successful wherever he has worked, and it is a true pleasure to have him back with Wayland-Weston Crew.’
What is your favorite rowing memory?
My freshman year at UNH we went to the Dartmouth Invitational Regatta in the late fall. Even though it was a very cold day we decided to row in tank tops to show our toughness. It was actually starting to snow a little bit by the time we started that head race. We rowed a fierce piece, passing several boats along the way to the finish. It turned out that we had the fastest time out of all the freshman boats. After that race I knew that I was addicted to crew.
When I was a senior in high school I went to a ski academy at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine. The year turned out to be a pretty big bust in terms of my skiing career. My race results were weak and I tore my ACL and meniscus in my left knee in the spring. I took that as a sign to find a new sport. One of the teachers at the school had actually coached novice crew at UNH, the university that I chose to attend. He saw my size and pointed me in the right direction. After knee surgery and a summer full of physical therapy, I joined UNH men’s novice crew.
What has rowing done for you personally?
Through my year of being a novice at UNH, I learned how to test myself and my abilities. It brought a new sense of focus and confidence to my life.
Why do you coach?
There is no greater reward than helping someone to reach his or her potential.
Favorite written quote?
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Ghandi
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit” ~Aristotle
Favorite spoken quote?
“Don’t chase the dream, live it!!” ~Karl Beck