High Performance Group Coaches
Head Coach: Curt Browder
Curt Browder has been a Penn AC member as both a coach and a rower since 1993. After training and racing as an elite from 1996 to 2002, capped by two World Championships in 1996 and 2001, Curt switched to coaching the Penn AC Elite group after a back injury. As the Elite Head Coach from 2002 to 2006, he went to two World Championships in 2004 and 2005. The 2005 year was particularly successful with 8 Penn AC athletes racing at the World Rowing Championships and the remaining athletes going undefeated at Royal Canadian Henley. In 2006 Curt moved to Atlanta, GA for 6 years where he developed a pre elite sculling program at the Atlanta Rowing Club which developed into a powerful force at the Club National Championships during the summers of 2010, 2011 and 2012. He returned to Philadelphia in August of 2012 and returned to coaching at the club. His goal is to work with the other club coaches to rebuild the Elite program over the next 4 years and bring the team back to international racing success.
Co-head Coach: John Riley
Now living in Philadelphia, John can be found coaching on the Schuylkill. He presently works with pre-elites, adaptives, high school crews, coaches, and masters. He also conducts clinics and rowing camps all over the country. When out of the coaching launch, he can be found having
lots of fun with his family Susan, Maddie, Duncan and Vivienne!
From 1985 to 1996 John competed on ten US National Teams. While on the US team John raced in eight World Championships, two Olympiads and in one Goodwill Games. During the 1996 Olympic trials an auto accident ended his hopes for a third Olympic Team. John competed
in both sweeps and sculls during his career. In 1986 he was a member of the gold medal World Championship four without coxswain. For their efforts John’s crew received the 1986 Vesper Award in athletic achievement. As a single sculler John has represented the U.S. in three World Championships. In 1996 John was inducted into US Rowing’s Hall of Fame. In 1999 John was the first rower inducted into the University of Rhode Island’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
As a coach, in 2007 John took the US ltwt men’s 2x, Liverman and Montgomery, to the World Championships in Munich, Germany. He also coached them at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where they won a silver medal. John also took PennAC’s collegiate men’s sweep program to 4 out of 5 wins at Canadian Henley.
In 2006 he coached the US ltwt men’s 4x at the 2006 World Championships in Eton, UK . In 2004 he coached the US Adaptive 4+ (petite 1st), 2x (Gold), and 1x (Bronze) at the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. From 1994 to the spring of 2000, while at Union BC in Boston, he started a summer development program for college men and women. Many athletes from that group have gone on to elite rowing and one went on to win gold in the 2004 Athens Olympiad. He also coached the 2001 World Championships (5th) US Men’s 2+boating from PennACRA, US lightweight single sculler Bill Belden at the 1999 World Rowing Championships (11th) (silver at Pan Am Games) and Terry Paige member of the 1998 US Lightweight women’s quadruple sculls (bronze at Worlds).