Vesper Boat Club Appoints Sarah Trowbridge As High Performance Coach


Vesper Boat Club is excited to announce that Sarah Trowbridge has been appointed as the head coach of the high performance rowing program. Sarah will guide Vesper’s top athletes towards medals at the World Championships, and ultimately, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Prior to joining Vesper, Sarah’s most recent international coaching experience was with the United States women’s double sculls, who took 6th place at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In 2015, Sarah coached the men’s pair at the World Championships to a 9th place finish, securing the boat’s Olympic qualification.

As a competitor, Sarah represented the United States in the W2x (2011, 2012), and the W4x (2009, 2010). Sarah’s experience — both as a club rower and as an athlete at the USRowing Training Center — provides perspectives and insights which will be valuable in guiding Vesper’s high-achieving athletes to continued success.

Prior to working with international-level crews, Sarah spent three years as the first assistant coach at Yale University. With 6 Senior National Teams, her accomplishments include being an A finalist in the Women’s Double at the London Olympics, winning a World Championship silver medal in the Women’s Quad, and World Championship silver medal in the Women’s Four. Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan before beginning elite training at Potomac Boat Club in Washington, DC.

Vesper Boat Club President Kirk Beckman says “We are happy to welcome Sarah to the Vesper family. We believe that she will continue to grow our high performance program, and will develop successful athletes”.

In 2016, Vesper’s lightweight women’s double competed at the Rio Olympics, finishing in 11th place. Vesper’s lightweight women’s single, racing at the 2016 World Championships, finished in 4th place. Also racing at the 2016 World Championships was Vesper’s men’s pair with coxswain, who finished in 5th place.