About Me + Welcome

After seeing and experiencing the limited amount of coaching received by coxswains, in addition to noticing a lack of up-to-date and relevant information online pertaining to coxswain education, I created this blog in October 2012 to act as a go-to reference site for everything coxswains want and need to know but aren’t taught by their coaches. The majority of coaches out there are former rowers who (some by their own admission) lack the insight needed to teach coxswains the skills that are required of them. I’m excited to use this space to share all my tips, tricks, and accumulated knowledge and assist in the growth of the global coxswain community.

Once I started coaching and working with novice coxswains, I was constantly telling them that just like the rowers work every day to improve, they too must do the same. Read articles, watch videos, listen to recordings, etc. The only problem with that is how and where do you find it all? That was one of my main motivations for starting this blog. If you try and find information on coxing online, you’ll be sorely disappointed. You might find a manual or two from a crew in the UK or some outdated articles from a website that hasn’t been updated in six years, but nothing that will REALLY help you learn the ins and outs of coxing. That’s what I hope to provide here.

If you have a question or comment, you can find me on Twitter and Instagram at @beantownkmd or feel free to send me an email at rowingandcoxing@gmail.com.

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10 thoughts on “About Me + Welcome

  1. idaellenbach says:

    Hey Kayleigh, I’m so glad I discovered your blog! I am new to the rowing-blogging community (if it exists haha), and just made my rowing blog about a month ago. I a glad to see that I am not alone! You offer such an interesting perspective as a coach and former coxswain, for I have little experience with those roles. I am a rower who was on my high school team for four years, and now I am rowing at Boston College; my blog is basically a casual and fun place where I am sharing my experiences/advice as a collegiate athlete and whatnot, and I would love it if you would check out my blog too! I am always looking for feed back, especially from someone who has been at it for longer than i have haha. subscribed to your blog 🙂

  2. Lauren Holland says:

    Hello, I am a 17 year old cox from England. Over here we have NO COACHING FOR COXES…. so this blog in invaluable. I can’t speak for all coxswains, but it can often feel like there is so much pressure as a coxswain – but everyone else just laughs if you say this and they say ‘you just sit there’. Your blog has boosted my confidence that I am not just being pathetic. Pressures in coxing are very real and something coxswains should be supported in dealing with; and you do this perfectly! have you ever considered coaching coxswains in addition to giving advice?

    • beantownkmd says:

      Hi Lauren! I totally get what you’re saying – you’d be surprised how many coxswains feel similarly about the pressure, getting snarky comments in response to questions, etc. You’re definitely not alone in thinking/feeling like that! Regarding coaching coxswains, I do do some one-on-one coaching via Skype/Google Hangouts, mostly to give coxswains the opportunity to get even more individualized, in-depth, and consistent feedback (and to help pay the bills!). If you’re interested definitely shoot me an email and I can give you more details! 🙂

  3. Tom says:

    Your blog has been interesting and fun to read. I mentioned it to some of the younger coxes at Masters Nationals last weekend. Your writing has never been boring.

  4. Taylar Wilson says:

    This is SO motivating! During winter training I feel like I can’t go anymore, but these videos have made me want to work and push myself(: This is amazing

  5. Michelle Robnett says:

    Hi! I am a new Asst Ref and found your blog. I saw the article about eating disorders and have found physicians to work with the USRowing Referee Committee on weights/lightweights . I also forwarded FISA’s recommendations about lightweights and weights you should be at by start of rowing season to be a healthy light weight. I’d like to forward your name with a copy of your blog, because I think it was excellent. I won’t mention your name if you don’t want, but you are a coach and I think you may well have some insights and thoughts that might be heard during these new efforts at USRowing.
    Thanks! Keep up the great blog,
    Michelle Robnett

    • beantownkmd says:

      Hi Michelle! Absolutely, feel free to include my name. I’d love to keep up to date with what happens with this…it’s definitely something I’m interested in contributing to so if there’s a way to stay in the loop with future developments, please let me know! My email is rowingandcoxing@gmail.com. 🙂

  6. Kim Degutis says:

    Absolutely fantastic blog – I’m still a relatively “new” cox for a masters community rowing program in Portland, Oregon. “New” in that this is my second year, so still learning and figuring things out. So glad I found your blog – you’ve answered a bunch of questions I’ve had but, as a master level cox (and the only FT cox in our club at the moment), there isn’t anyone else to really ask questions. If ever you’re in Portland Oregon, come on down and take my men’s competitive 8+ for a spin (they’d appreciate someone that knows what they’re doing and saying!!). http://www.stationLrowingclub.com

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