There are times when I step back and look at my career as a cox and coach. I did so while working on some projects related to The Down and Dirty Guide to Coxing’s 3rd edition and was so completely humbled I thought I’d share with you what I discovered. I started this project as a one-page crib sheet for my coxswains the very first year I coached. A novice coach working with novice coxswains I decided I wanted my coxswains to learn the tips and tricks that I had to learn the hard way. In time it grew to be about three pages of basic information, but the idea for more was percolating in the back of my mind. Fast forward to late summer 2000 when I had a bad experience with woodworking power tools and severely cut the fingers on one hand. What was a man to do but start writing a book one-handed, of course! Being laid up forced me to slow down and get to work. With help from one of my best friends, Paul Kay, The Down and Dirty Guide to Coxing was born as I typed away one-handed on a borrowed laptop. So, I went from this:
To have a written a book, created an audio CD, drill card, given clinics, written for Rowing Magazine, and advised hundreds of coxswains from around the world!
Holy cow, am I humbled. That map represents 785 unique locations that I’ve sent a copy of my book! That doesn’t even count the number of individuals who number in the thousands. I never imagined that when I started as a coxswain in high school that I would be helping and working with so many people that have put their trust in me. I want to say thank you to you all, and let you know I appreciate it. I am looking forward to new adventures and projects inspired by you and our sport! Cheers.