Brian J. DeDominici
Coach DeDominici returned to Wayland-Weston Crew in fall of 2009 as the Boys Varsity Coach. Coach DeDominici is a graduate of Mount St. Charles Academy, treat Woonsocket, RI. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Sequential Art from Savannah College of Art and Design (S.C.A.D.), Savannah, GA. At college he rowed and coxed for four years, capturing third place in the 1998 Dad Vail Regatta 1998 in the open novice 8+ (rower), first place in the 1999 John Hunter Regatta in the open men’s 8+ (rower), and first place in the 2001 John Hunter Regatta in the open men’s 4+ (cox). After graduation, he served as Assistant/ Novice Coach at S.C.A.D., 2002-2007. Coach DeDominici first joined Wayland-Weston Crew in fall of 2007 as Program Coordinator and Girls Novice Coach. He served as Assistant Coach for Wayland-Weston Crew Boys Varsity Coach Tom Bohrer’s TBFit.com High School Winter Training Program in 2007, and Novice Women’s Coach for Clark University in Worcester, MA in 2008. During the 2008-09 season Brian was an assistant at Hobart College where he coached the freshmen men and served as the rigger for both men’s and women’s teams. He holds a Level III coaching certification from the U.S. Rowing Association. He is an avid single sculler, enjoys surfing and roller/ice hockey and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in art education at Framingham State College.
What is your favorite rowing memory?
My favorite rowing memory is my first novice race. A crab right off the start caused the boat to turn so sharply that we left the course and had to cut through a group of boats on their way to the start. Our cox was yelling at us to keep our heads in the boat so I didn’t realize how far off course we were until I heard someone say, “Hi Brian.” When I looked up I saw our own varsity four, waiting for their start, and floating between us and the rest of our race. After dodging a couple more boats we made our way back onto the course and found we were a bow length up on the field. Inspired by this, we went on to win our heat and final. In the final we took a more direct route to the finish.
How did you get involved in crew?
I played ice hockey all my life and was an avid snowboarder until I went to college in Georgia. I soon realized Georgia has no ice and no snow so I needed to find another sport. I was looking for something more competitive than intramurals and rowing seemed like something I would enjoy.
What has rowing done for you?
Rowing gave me confidence. It gave me two and a half hours every day where I did not have to think about school. It gave me a job where I never felt like I went to work.
I get the most satisfaction in seeing the light go on over a rower’s head. That moment when suddenly whatever you are working on makes sense to them. Sometimes I don’t even know what made it happen. All I know is that now they see a new level of potential for themselves. Every once in a while you get to see nine lights in a boat go on at once. That gives me the most satisfaction.
Favorite written quote?
“The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.” ~Theodore Roosevelt
Favorite spoken quote?
“It’s as easy as shooting fish in the dark.” ~Scott Nohejl, former Head Coach at S.C.A.D.