Rowing

Coaches

Head Coach - Dave Cormier 

Dave began his coaching career in 2011 with the EAA Learn to Row Program in Lowell, MA. Shortly thereafter, he began coaching other learn-to-row programs for the Merrimack River Rowing Association. After graduating from UMass Lowell in 2012, Dave became the assistant coach at Westford-Littleton Community Crew. There, he coached both the novice boys and the novice girls, as well as the masters. In the summer of 2013, Dave became the head coach of UMass Lowell Rowing.

While attending UMass Lowell, Dave competed primarily in the Men's Varsity 4+, earning a bronze medal at the New England Rowing Championships in 2011. He now rows for the Merrimack River Rowing Association, competing in both a 1x and with the Men's Open Sweep Program.

Women's Coach - Mark Lewis

Mark recently moved to the United States with his family from Oxford, England. There, he was the Head of Design Technology for Claires Court Independent school in Maidenhead and a coach for J14 and J15 rowing. He also held the positions of Health and Safety Officer and Rowing Welfare Officer. Mark helped coach crews who have won medals and titles at both the British National School Regatta and the National Championship of Great Britain in 2013. He also previously coached an Oxford College women's crew, Marlow Rowing Club Seniors, and City of Oxford Juniors.

Mark has personally competed as a Junior, Senior and Master in both sculling and rowing, winning medals both Nationally and Internationally. Mark rowed for Wales at the Home Countries and the Commonwealth Regattas. He still rows today, most recently in England at both Marlow and Abingdon Rowing Clubs, where he has won the Henley Masters, the Fours Head and National Veteran’s Championships of Great Britain.

In addition to coaching the UMass Lowell Women, Mark is also an Assistant Coach at Hollis Brookline High School.

Men's Novice Coach - Denny Wirth

Denny began his rowing career as a novice at the College of the Holy Cross. He then competed for UMass Lowell in 2009 and earned a bronze medal in the Men's Varsity 4+ at the New England Rowing Championships in 2011. Denny is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in physics at UMass Lowell.