Patrick R. Larcom
BOYS VARSITY HEAD COACH
Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership – Institute for Rowing Leadership
C.S.C.S. – National Strength and Conditioning Association
M.E. – Stevens Institute of Technology
B.S. – University of Vermont
Patrick Larcom is an ambassador for the Sport of Rowing and Fitness. He rowed for the University of Vermont and has been coaching competitive juniors and adults for the last six years. In 2012, Patrick graduated in the inaugural class of the Institute for Rowing Leadership at Community Rowing Inc. Since then he has coached and worked with the Wayland-Weston Men, the WW Women, and the Boston College Men. He has combined his passion for rowing and fitness by offering rowing workshops to gyms and developing strength and conditioning programs for rowers and rowing teams across the Northeast.
By day, Patrick is the Founder of Renegade Rowing, the Head Coach for Military Rowing at CRI, and a coach at Our Crew Fitness in Boston. Over the last two years he has programmed strength and conditioning workouts for the Boston College Men’s Rowing Team and competitive rowers at CRI. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, an instructor of The Strength Training course at CRI’s Institute For Rowing Leadership, and he is a US Rowing Level III Certified Coach.
Patrick dreams of the day when every rower is an athlete that has experienced not only the power and grace of flying across the water, but the power and speed developed in the Olympic lifts. Patrick has been coaching and supporting Wayland-Weston Crew in its effort to be one of the best teams in New England since 2011. This Fall he looks forward to helping the Varsity Men and the whole team become faster and push farther than they ever thought possible.
Coach Larcon’s mechanical engineering experience includes positions with the U.S. Department of Defense, Armament, Research and Development Center at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, and with Hawker Beechcraft. He is an Eagle Scout, member of Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, and has raised over $22,000 for the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber Cancer Institute as a rider and volunteer in the Pan Mass Challenge. His other interests include soccer, snowboarding, golf, snowkiting, kitesurfing and paragliding.
What is your favorite crew memory?
I will never forget my first race as a freshman at UVM. Luckily it was a sunny fall day at the New Hampshire Championships and our boat had been learning to row for a little over a month. The minute we crossed the starting line the adrenaline rush was crazy. Water was flying all over the place, our coxswain was giving us 10s left and right, we passed a couple of boats, and it really felt as if we were flying. It probably wasn’t the prettiest race, but the pure fun of pulling as hard as possible over 5-6k with 8 other guys who had bonded over weeks of hard work was unlike anything I’d experienced in sports up until that point.
I played a lot of sports growing up and when I got to college I wanted to stay competitive and try something new. Two sports I had little experience with at the time were sailing and crew. I was used to intense training and competition and wanted to stay in shape, so I decided to do crew rather than sailing. I figured crew would keep me in better shape, so I gave it a go.
What has rowing done for you?
At the University of Vermont rowing gave me a chance to focus all my athletic knowledge and abilities gained over years of competition at multiple sports into one. Rowing used my endurance developed in soccer, power and intensity gained from ice hockey, and fluid posture developed in golf. Seeing the various movements of my youth transferred into one graceful motion on the water was an awakening. I fell in love with the calm rage required to make a boat go fast and the adrenaline felt in that first novice race. Crew was a sport of intense power and skill that tested me as an individual and as part of a team, like no other sport. Thinking back to those early morning rows with the sun rising over the Green Mountains, the glassy water of the Lamoille River, and the bright fall foliage, there is no sport I’ve enjoyed more. Sitting in an 8 a.m. mechanical engineering class with cold, wet spandex was never a problem, knowing that I left it all out on the water with eight other crewmates doing the sport I love.
Why do you coach?
Three years ago, during my second engineering job, I found my stride as a coach for the crew team at Ridgewood High School in New Jersey. Coaching has allowed me to return to the sport I fell in love with in college. Coaching draws out the natural experience I’ve had teaching five younger siblings on the soccer fields and ice rinks of my past. The fluidity of my new role and the fun I have with it have sparked a new path for me. Guiding people through their first strokes and learning rowing is amazing, especially when rowers have that light bulb moment and ‘get it!’ Helping someone achieve their goals and being there to work hard with them every step of the way is indescribable. I coach because it has given me passion in life and challenged me to continually learn.
“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.”—Ken Blanchard
Favorite spoken quote?
“I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”—William Ernest Henley