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Alex Selvig, Boys Head Varsity Coach

Alex Selvig is a highly accomplished rower and coach at the national and international level. Alex will begin working with the team during winter training in preparation for the spring season. He brings to the organization a wealth of knowledge and skill from over 32 years of rowing experience. Currently residing in Weston, he is the father of two and has served as the President of Elite Rowing Inc., an importer and distributor of Filippi racing shells since 1991.

Accomplishments & Certifications

  • Candidate for the US National & Olympic Teams, 1988 to 1992, in sweep and sculling boats.
  • Coached by Harry Parker, Kris Korzeniowski, Bill Miller, Dario Naccari (Italian National Team).
  • US National Team staff (boatman) 2001, 2002, 2003 FISA World Championships.
  • Won several US National Championships, three Head of the Charles medals, gold in Masters 1X at Canadian Henley. Competed at Henley Royal Regatta, and Australian Henley, among others.
  • US Rowing Level 1 certified coach, and certified personal fitness trainer.
  • Worked with national team athletes from several countries at 1996 Olympic Games, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2015 World Championships, and 2014 Masters World Championships.
  • Completed US Coast Guard boating safety program.
  • Member of Cambridge Boat Club, belonged to teams at Riverside, CRI, CCT Lazio (Rome, Italy).

Alex SDRCWhat is your favorite crew memory (or memories if you have more than one favorite)?

Racing the 2- at the Henley Royal Regatta, or rowing an eight far out to sea off  Melbourne, Australia, in flat calm water with no other vessels in sight.

How did you get involved in crew?

I was a walk-on in college, and was instantly hooked.

What has crew done for you?

Besides giving me tough hands, I developed confidence, patience, work ethic, and lifelong friendships. It has taught me to confront challenges head-on. Though this approach doesn’t guarantee success, it often helps.

Why do you coach?

I enjoy working with my athletes, and figuring out what motivates them. I have to be sensitive enough to understand the correct balance of role model, parent, doctor, drill-sergeant, therapist, etc., to help them achieve success. It’s a process that requires constant and careful observation, keeping in mind that one coaching style does NOT fit all.

Favorite written quote?

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt

Favorite spoken quote?

“Winning isn’t everything. It’s the ONLY thing.” -Vince Lombardi

 

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