H. Philip Meers
Boys Varsity Assistant Coach
Coach Meers joined us for the spring season of 2011. He earned a Master of Arts degree with concentrations in history and international relations in 2005 from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, troche and is a 2001 graduate of The Salisbury School in Salisbury, Connecticut.
At university, Coach Meers was a four-year member of the Boat Club, where as one of the few experienced oarsmen he rebuilt and reorganized the varsity program and served as vice president responsible for recruiting and developing novices, fundraising, planning events, and liaison with university and local officials. On the water, he was a member of crews that won Scottish National Championships gold medals in 2005 in the 8+ and 4+, and silver in 2004 in the 4+. At Salisbury School his eight captured the Connecticut Secondary School Championship in 2001. Since university, he has been a Head of the Charles medalist in the 8+, and a gold medalist in the Chicago Sprints in the masters 8+. He competed in the 2008 Henley Royal Regatta in the Salisbury School Alumni Visitors Challenge Cup Intermediate Straight Four, and in the Silver Goblets and Nickalls’ Challenge Cup Open Pair. In 2011 he was elected a Full Member of the venerable Leander Club of Henley-on-Thames. Locally, he has coached novices at Greater Lawrence Community Boating.
In 2009 and 2010 he worked on the Meers for Congress campaign on behalf of his father, Henry Meers, for the 11th District of Illinois. He has worked as a finance and credit analyst for Apache Corporation in Houston, TX, and has been an account representative for CareerBuilder.com in Chicago. An Illinois native, Coach Meers is pursuing a career in finance.
What is your favorite crew memory?
The day I found out I finally had a crew to row at the Henley Royal Regatta.
How did you get started in crew?
I went to a boarding school in Connecticut where we had to do three sports a year. I decided to try crew, not knowing anything about it, just that it involved water. After two weeks of hating it and being forced to stay in, I fell in love with the sport.
What has rowing done for you?
Rowing helped me find my footing when I was in high school and has been a cornerstone of my life ever since.
Why do you coach?
I coach because I love the sport and enjoy being around others who also love the sport.
Favorite written quote?
“Rowing is the only sport that originated as a form of capital punishment”—Anon.
Favorite spoken quote?
“Mileage makes champions.”—Steve Fairbairn (Aug. 25, 1862 – May 6, 1938), legendary oarsman, innovative coach and influential author