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Joelle E. Bush

NOVICE GIRLS COACH

Coach Bush earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology degree from Boston College.She is a Student Development Counselor (Guidance) for a Boston Public High School.She earned a B.S. degree in Education from the University of Vermont in 2000, and is a 1996 graduate of Simsbury High School in Simsbury, CT.

She joined Wayland-Weston Crew in fall of 2004.She has served on the Special Education staff of Wayland Public Schools, and has been a legal assistant with Sherin and Lodgen LLP, in Boston.

Coxing/Rowing/Coaching Highlights:

  • U.S. Rowing Association Level III Coaching Certification
  • Coach, Girls Novice, Wayland-Weston Crew, 2004-current:One 1st place and one 2nd place at Northeast/Mid-Atlantic Junior Championships (Spring 2006, Spring 2005); five 1st places, two 2nd places, two 3rd places at MA Public School State Championships (2004-2008); 1st place at NH Championships (Fall 2006); 1st place at Lowell Invitational Regatta (Spring 2007); 2nd place at Head of the Housatonic Regatta (Fall 2006)
  • Coach, Community Rowing, Inc., Summers 2007, 2008:Sweeps 2; Youth Skills Camp; Adult Learn-to-Row; G-Row
  • Coach, Men’s and Women’s Novice Crew, Brandeis University, 2003-2004
  • Rower, Community Rowing, Inc., 2001:Head of the Charles Regatta, U.S.R.A. Club Nationals
  • Rower, University of Vermont, 1997-2000:First place, New England Fours; Head of the Charles Regatta; Dad Vails; New England Championships
  • Division I Lightweight Rower, University of Wisconsin, 1996-1997:Midwest Rowing Championships
  • Coxswain, Simsbury High School, 1992-1996:Led crews to finals in Stotesbury and New England Championships; many 1st place victories, including Head of the Connecticut Regatta, Head of the Fish Regatta, Head of the Charles Regatta; Awarded “Exemplary Achievement” senior year

What is your favorite crew memory?

As a rower/cox:1995 Head of the Charles—Coxing my boat through another crew while making the big turn under the Weeks Bridge, and then capturing 1st place.As a coach:watching my boats race; it’s always a thrill watching from afar, and realizing how far they’ve come.

How did you get involved in crew?

I was dragged to the crew info session by friends at the start of ninth grade.I was asked to fill out a sign-in sheet with my name, height (5′), weight (90 lbs), and my ‘position’ preference (row!).My small stats unequivocally put me into the cox seat, and there I sat all four years of high school, but by senior year, I was taller than all of my rowers.

What has rowing done for you personally?

Crew has been my single most life-changing experience.What hasn’t it done for me?Sixteen-plus years of experiences and memories—I would hardly be the person I am today without them—physically, socially, emotionally and mentally.Plus, I used to be lazy—now, I can’t sit still!

Why do you coach?

To pass on and share the love of the sport and teach the same values I have learned over the years.Plus, it quenches my thirst for athletics and competition.Each fall, 20-30 girls come to me with no rowing experience, and many with no athletic experience.Running a mile is a feat, carrying boats a chore, rowing in the rain an obstacle, and competing a novelty.At the end of our spring seasons, the girls are running 4.5 miles, taking pride and ownership in the maintenance of their equipment, recognizing the benefits of a rainy row.They have walked away as not only State Champions but as the first and second fastest crews in the entire Northeast.What an honor to have a hand in that.

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Favorite written quote?

From Willy Wonka: “There’s no earthly way of knowing which direction we are going.There’s no knowing where we’re rowing or which way the river’s flowing.Is it raining?Is it snowing?Is a hurricane a-blowing?Not a speck of light is showing so the danger must be growing.Are the fires of hell a-glowing?Is the grisly reaper mowing? Yes, the danger must be growing ’cause the rowers keep on rowing and they’re certainly not showing any signs that they are slowing.”

Favorite spoken quote?

My favorite thing to tell my team before a race is, “No regrets.”The outcome matters less provided you can honestly say you gave it 100% while you were out there.

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