9th Seat Coxswain Camp 0 Reviews


Camp Details

Now in its 6th year, The 9th Seat Coxswain Leadership Camp is ready to ramp up another exciting summer just for coxswains.  My goal is the same as it has been, which is to create the best, most knowledgeable, and enjoyable summer camp experience where coxswains are the main focus.  This is the kind of summer camp that I would have wanted to attend when I was in high school.  As a coxswain, this is going to be your chance to learn about the sport of rowing -- on your terms, and from the rower's perspective. 

What Coxswains Can Expect

  • Listen to and share race tapes with fellow coxswains

  • Be athletic and competitive

  • Learn to communicate effectively

  • Learn to row

  • Master the art of docking

  • Steering: How to take turns; maneuverability

  • Better situational awareness

  • Be a stronger leader and teammate

  • College recruiting advice from the Rower's Edge

Come prepared to learn outside of the coxswain seat.  There are many skills to practice that will better prepare you to make the best decisions possible while you're on the water. It is my belief that the best coxswains are the ones who want to be known as a teammate first, an athlete second and a coxswain third.  There are nine seats in an 8+ that combine into one in order to make that boat as fast as it can be.  This camp will help you be that 9th seat who makes a difference in boat speed.


Campers will be staying on the University of Washington's Campus in Haggett Hall.  Meals, which are included inthe camp fee, will take place in McMahon Hall's dining facility, The 8.  There will be camp staff supervision at all times.  Summer temperatures for the Pacific Northwest are, on average, in the upper 70's.  Fans will be available for each athlete if they need their rooms cooler at night.  All dorm rooms are wired with ethernet, so an ethernet cable is recommended.  Common areas have wireless internet.  Bedding and towels are included.


The 9th Seat Coxswain Leadership Camp will take place in Seattle at the University of Washington's Conibear Shellhouse.  Campers will get an idea of what it's like to train in a Division I athletics facility.    

Sample Camp Schedule

  • 7:30am--Breakfast at McMahon Hall

  • 8:15am--Meet to walk down to Conibear Shellhouse (10-15 min. walk)

  • 8:30am--Morning round table discussion/focus of the day

  • 9:00am--Coxswain training

  • Noon--Lunch up at McMahon Hall

  • 2:00--Audio review

  • 3:00pm--Rowing specific training

  • 6:00pm--Dinner at McMahon Hall

  • 7:30pm--Evening Activity: Audio review, team building, leadership talks

What to Bring?

  • A recording example of your coxing. This can be either a race recording or a practice piece. The format can be a digital recorder, on your phone, GoPro, or online. 

  • Workout clothes: we will be working out twice a day.  Running shoes, socks, shorts, spandex shorts/pants, and a long-sleeved fleece as it does get chilly in the mornings

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

  • Water Bottle

  • Waterproof Jacket

  • Backpack 


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Meet Marcus

Director of Coxswain Coaching

Marcus is a six-time world medalist, three-time world champion, and an Olympic bronze medalist coxswain from Philadelphia. He holds a B.A. from Temple University and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. He has worked at Sparks since 2010. As a coxswain, he is intimately acquainted with the recruiting and training issues around specialized sport positions and is the primary architect of Sparks' coxswain curriculum.

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