NEW YORK - Nich Parker, a former assistant coach with the Columbia heavyweights, has joined the Columbia lightweight rowing program as an assistant coach and the freshmen team head coach.
"I am excited to have Nich Parker join the lightweight staff," head coach Scott Alwin said. "He knows Columbia, and he knows nearly every dimension and category of college rowing. His learning curve will be quicker in this new role because of his hands-on experience with the Columbia heavyweights, and because he is a very sharp guy."
For the past two seasons, Parker has worked with the Columbia varsity heavyweight team while assisting with the U.S. Rowing Boys Junior National Development team. With the junior team, Parker coached crews to two National Championship titles and two silver medal performances at the 2009 USRowing Club Nationals. At the same, Parker designed the team's physical training program.
From 2007-09, Parker also did double duty, serving as the program coordinator and head coach of the New Haven Rowing Club while assisting with the Yale varsity heavyweight crew. With the New Haven Rowing Club, Parker oversaw the entire program, coached, designed training programs, instructed on and off the water and maintained equipment. He alo recruited and managed the full compliment of coaches for their 2008 and 2009 summer programs.
During his time at Yale, Parker assisted with three Yale crews that placed among the top 12 at the 2008 IRA Regatta and led the third varsity to a fourth-place finish at the 2009 Eastern Sprints.
"Nich's background in college rowing spans across weight classes, genders, and experience levels," Alwin continued. "While that varied background will serve him well, it is notable to recognize his success with college lightweights. Nich is smart, energetic, and seasoned."
Prior to his time in Connecticut, Parker was the head freshmen coach at Purdue. In 2006-07, he led the Boilermakers' freshmen to regional gold and silver medals and the freshmen lightweight eight to a bronze medal finish at the Dad Vail Regata.
Parker graduated from Ohio State, where he also was a varsity women's rowing assistant coach in 2005-06. Parker holds a master's degree from Purdue in Sports Administration and Pedagogy.