Community wellness through rowing

Kyle is no stranger to the Grand Rapids boathouse having rowed in the junior program in high school and coached a variety of summer classes and programs.

Kyle was a four year coxswain at Grand Valley State University under head coach John Bancheri. In his first year with the team, Kyle coxed the novice men’s lightweight crews which took bronze in the 8+ at the Dad Vail Championship and silver in the 4+ at the ACRA National Championship.

In 2013, Kyle led the Women’s Varsity 8+ to an unprecedented 10 second victory at the Dad Vail Championship in Philadelphia, beating out 30 division one programs, and a win at the ACRA National Championship regatta in route to the team’s sixth straight team national title. Kyle and crew then traveled to England to compete in the Henley Regatta where they advanced to the final round and finished runner-up to Oxford University. In 2014 Kyle coxed the Men’s Varsity 8+, winning the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic, finishing 5th at the Dad Vail, and third at the ACRA National Championship.

Kyle has a degree in Geography and Urban Planning and currently works for the City of Grand Rapids Planning Department.

Nick rowed for four years with the Grand Rapids Rowing Association and graduated from City High School in 2011. As a member of the GRRA junior team, he was part of a 4+ that reached high levels of success, and was given the opportunity to race in the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia during his senior year.

Nick then attended Grand Valley where, in the spring of his freshman year, he was part of one of the most successful Men’s Freshmen 8+ that GV has ever fielded, winning gold at the Lubber’s Cup, bronze at MACRA, and competing in the grand finals at both the ACRA National Championships and the Dad Vail Regatta, where they earned a 4th place finish, tied for the highest ever by a GV freshmen 8. As a sophomore, he achieved 2nd place at the Lubbers Cup, 3rd at MACRA, and again finishing in the grand finals of both ACRA and Dad Vail, all in the 2nd Varsity 8+. As a junior, Nick was able to compete in the Men’s 8+ at the Head of the Charles, and then was again in the 2nd Varsity 8+ in the spring, until ACRA when he narrowly missed out on a medal in the Men’s 4+. During his senior year, he competed again at the Head of the Charles, this time in the Men's Club 4+ event, finishing in the highest position a Grand Valley Men's 4+ had ever achieved at the regatta. He also served as the Grand Valley Rowing Club's President, working closely alongside Coach John Bancheri and the rest of the coaching staff.

Nick has a degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics with a minor in Environmental Education and teaches fifth grade at CA Frost Environmental Science Academy in Grand Rapids.

Glen was introduced to rowing when he attended GVSU in the early 80's where he rowed for 3 years. Glen started coaching rowing in 2000 when his daughter joined the rowing team at Forest Hills Central. He assisted with the women's novice program for several years and then took over as head coach for the boy's novice program and also helped with the varsity teams and the community adult learn to row programs. During this time he was also certified by USRowing in their coaching certification courses. He left FHC as a coach in 2010 after all his children completed the rowing program there.

After 5 years, his love for the sport and helping students learn this amazing team sport has drawn him back to the rowing scene once again. Glen has continued rowing at the Masters Level over the past few years, and looks forward to the exciting growth and opportunities for area students through the Grand Rapids Rowing Association. 

Glen and his wife Amy live in Cascade, and have 3 grown children living in Detroit, Iowa, and Colorado, and recently experienced the wonder of becoming a first-time grandparent! Glen is employed at Amway World Headquarters in Ada, as Director of the Global Creative/Communications Department.

Rosie is thrilled to be back at the Grand Rapids boathouse this season! She spent 6 years as a coxswain for the junior men’s, women’s, novice, and varsity teams while also coxing corporate groups and Learn to Row classes. She loved the competitive experiences she had racing in major regattas like the Midwest Junior Rowing Championships and the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, but was equally satisfied to help brand new rowers find a sense of accomplishment their first times in a shell.  

Rosie took a brief intermission from the rowing world, when she attended Kalamazoo College for 4 years, but has been eager to get back out on the water since returning to Grand Rapids in 2015. Currently, she works as a Project Coordinator at Williams Group, a strategic communications firm in Grand Rapids.

Rosie believes that her six years with the GRRA as a teen were formative in developing the confidence, leadership, and problem-solving skills she uses daily. She's looking forward to helping more athletes feel empowered both on and off the water.

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