Q&A: College Rowing (and Coxing!) 101

Are you a high school rower or coxswain (or parent of one) thinking about rowing or coxing in college? Sit in on the College Rowing (and Coxing!) 101 panel discussion at Erg Sprints on February 1 at 10:00am in the Titan Den (in the T.C. Williams High School cafeteria, by registration).

Find out what you need to know about:

• Seeking out and getting scholarships
• The college recruiting process
• What to expect from a collegiate rowing experience
• Balancing studies and training
• U19, U23, Olympic/Senior National Team opportunities

Important: This is NOT a recruiting opportunity. Current collegiate coaches on the panel cannot talk one-on-one with prospective student-athletes nor their family members in attendance, and will not engage in any evaluations.


AC Chacon: Asst. Coach, Colgate University
A former collegiate coxswain, AC coached for a number of universities, including Notre Dame, University of Chicago, and North Park before being hired by Colgate in 2018 as an Assistant Coach. He has also coached masters rowers in Chicago and Long beach, and spent summers coaching 8-18 year-olds at Nasau Rowing Club in The Bahamas. AC can claim an impressive medal-winning record at Head of the Charles – both as a coach and coxswain – with masters crews and USRowing crews comprised of Olympic and National Team rowers. AC holds a degree in kinesiology.

Calvin Heimberg: Asst. Coach, Alexandria Community Rowing
A recent alumnus of both the T.C. Williams and University of Virginia rowing programs, Calvin won the 2016 Dad Vail Championship Regatta in the Lightweight 4+ category, as well as competed abroad at the 2017 Henley Royal Regatta in the Temple Challenge Cup. He joined the Alexandria Community Rowing coaching staff in 2019, and is working to build on coaching experiences from past summers with novice rowing at ACR and rowing camp at UVA.

Charlotte Hollings:
5-Time National Team Member, Co-Founder of Calm Waters Rowing
A graduate of T.C. Williams rowing, Charlotte rowed at the University of Virginia and went on to coach at Stanford before returning to T.C. Williams as a coach in 1988. In the 1980s and ’90s, she also coached at Boston University and Cornell, rowed on the US National team five times between 1985 and 1994, and directed the Florida Rowing Center. In 2001, Charlotte founded Calm Waters Rowing with her husband John Dunn, an accomplished rower and coach in his own right.

Pearl Risberg: Coxswain, Potomac Boat Club
As a walk-on coxswain at the University of Virginia, Pearl had no coxing experience and ended up coxing all four of her collegiate seasons, working her way into a first VM8+. At UVA she made trips to Dad Vails, SIRAs, ACRAs, and Head of the Charles. Since graduating, Pearl has steered two masters boats at HOCR and currently is a coxswain for Potomac Boat Club.

Want to ask the panel a question? Post a comment below.

Thank you to RowSource for hosting this event.

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