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Michael P. Cutting

BOYS NOVICE COACH

Coach Cutting joined Wayland-Weston Crew in the spring season of 2009. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in Spanish, with a minor in economics, in 2008 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is a 2004 graduate of Magruder High School in Rockville, Maryland. Away from the megaphone, he is employed with the 2010 U.S. Census as a crew leader for operations in Newton and Weston. He is a resident of Newton.

Coach Cutting launched his rowing career in the fall of 2009 as a freshman at Holy Cross. After his freshman year, he spent the ensuing three years in the varsity eight, rowing bow or 7 seat. He was elected co-captain in his senior year, and was a member of the Holy Cross team during its transition to Eastern Sprints membership. Among his rowing highlights:

• 2005 New England Rowing Championships, MN8, silver
• 2005 Textile River Regatta, Men’s Open 8, gold
• 2006 Patriot League Challenge, MV8+, gold
• 2006 New England Rowing Championships, MV8+, silver
• 2006 ECAC National Invitational Championship, MV8+, bronze
• 2006 New Hampshire Championship Regatta, Men’s Open 8, gold
• 2007 Knecht Cup, MV8+, bronze
• 2007 Patriot League Challenge, MV8+, gold
• 2008 Patriot League Challenge, MV8+, gold
• 2006-2008 Competed in MV8+ in Eastern Sprints Regatta, IRA National Championships

What is your favorite rowing memory?

My favorite specific rowing memory would probably have to be racing in the repechage at the 2006 IRA National Championship. We were definitely the also-ran afterthought at the starting line next to two other very strong Eastern Sprints programs that were vastly taller, heavier, and stronger than our boat. We rowed a great race, finishing second right on the heels of the winners and leaving 3rd place behind. I still remember the feeling as we took our move and pushed away from the 3rd place boat as their coxswain yelled in different languages at the international recruits in their all-star lineup. We were a bunch of measly guys with no rowing experience before college. That truly showed us that we could compete with the big dogs.

How did you get involved in crew?

The week before moving in for freshman year, I got a letter from the team saying they were looking for strong athletes to be novice rowers to fill out the roster and compete for national championships. I showed up the first day, and kept going back for the next four years. The rest is history.

What has rowing done for you?

Rowing was undoubtedly one of the most formative aspects of my collegiate experience. Many of my closest friends from school were through crew, and being on the team definitely made me more comfortable at Holy Cross in general. I also found new levels/thresholds, rather than limits, in terms of physical and mental conditioning, dedication, and willpower. When I reflect upon the challenges of rowing, all other seemingly daunting tasks have looked a little more manageable. Few things are as difficult as finishing the first 20 strokes of a race with muscles throbbing, lungs burning, and energy sapped, and knowing you have 1700 meters to go.

Why do you coach?

I’ve never coached before coming onboard with Wayland-Weston, but after being away from crew for 9 months after a 4 year collegiate career, I realized that I really did miss (some parts of) it. I really like the idea of helping these young men gain the same experiences and benefits as I did through rowing. I’m also excited to be on the other side of the megaphone, warm and comfortable.

Favorite written quote?

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Favorite spoken quote?

“Row like pigs.” – Will Scoggins, Dartmouth freshman coach

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