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Boris Kusturic

GIRLS VARSITY COACH

Boris Kusturic is the Wayland-Weston Crew girls varsity head coach.  Currently the head coach at Cambridge Boat Club, story he has a wide range of experiences rowing, remedy coaching, website like this and administering crew programs.

Coach Kusturic began rowing in 1992, becoming a member of the Yugoslavian Junior National Team in 1995, and continuing on the National Team through 2002.  He was recruited to row at Dowling College, where he rowed varsity all four years.

He has coached at the college, junior, club, and masters levels, both men and women. His college coaching experience includes two years at Harvard.  At the high school level, he has coached girls and boys at St. John the Baptist Diocese High School and West Side Rowing Club, bringing both programs to a higher level while he was there. He has also worked with the U.S. Junior Men’s National Team and at Community Rowing, Inc. As coach of the U.S. Men’s Junior National Team’s coxless four since summer 2009, Kusturic led the boat to a ninth-place finish at the 2009 Junior World Championships in France. He was a U.S. Men’s Junior High Performance coach in summer 2010 and was one of the assistant coaches for the 2011 U.S. Junior squad.

Coach Kusturic went to Harvard after serving two years as head coach of the West Side Rowing Club in Buffalo, N.Y.  His crews there won multiple U.S. Club National, Elite National and Canadian Henley Medals.

Coach Kusturic’s rowing career began in 1992, with the Red Star rowing club in Belgrade, Serbia, and he was a member of the Yugoslavian National Team from 1995 through 2002. He spent four years on the varsity eight at Dowling College, helping the crew win a Dad Vail Regatta championship in 2002. He graduated magna cum laude in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management.

While still at Dowling, Coach Kusturic began his coaching career as the boys’ and girls’ head coach at St. John the Baptist Diocese High School in West Islip, N.Y. Following graduation, he coached the Boston College men’s freshman squad for one season and was a volunteer assistant with the Harvard lightweight men’s team for another.

Coach Kusturic was the head coach of the women’s sweep team at Riverside Boat Club from spring 2006 to fall 2007. The following season, he served as the men’s junior coach at CRI, helping three boats qualify for the USRowing Youth National Championships.

In 2010-2011 season as assistant varsity coach for the Harvard heavyweight men’s team his 3rd and 4th varsity 8s had dual seasons with 3rd varsity 8+ taking second at Eastern Sprints regatta and 4th varsity 8+ winning. Members of the 3rd varsity 8+ also came 3rd at IRA Regatta in the Open 4+ event.

Currently he is head coach at Cambridge Boat Club where he coaches a variety of sculling and sweep boats. He is also running a summer sculling program for competitive junior men that race at Club Nationals and Canadian Henley regattas.

What is your favorite crew memory?

Winning Dad Vail Regatta in 2002 in a Heavyweight Varsity 8+ and also Winning Petite Final (overall 7th place) at IRA Championships in 2002 in a Heavyweight Varsity 8+.

How did you get involved in crew?

I used to swim and play water polo from the age of 7 to 12. Then in 1991 pools didn’t have heating oil to warm up the water so we couldn’t practice in cold water. One of my best friends had a cousin working at one of rowing clubs and he suggested that we go and try rowing because it seemed like an interesting sport.

What has crew done for you?

It taught me discipline, time management, healthy lifestyle, how to win and lose gracefully, and I was able to get my college degree without a penny spent out of my pocket.

Why do you coach?

Because I love it! There is no other job for which I would wake up at 4:30 a.m. 5 days a week. It makes me very happy and excited to see athletes improve and push their limits.

Favorite written quote?

“Champions keep playing until they get it right.”—Billie Jean King

Favorite spoken quote?

Actually there are two quotes I use often:
It is what it is!
Do the best you can.

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