Coaches

Wade Hall-Craggs (Head Coach)

Years at DUBC: 16

Rowing history: Started sculling on a canal near home where you had to pull your blades in to get through bridges so capsizing became a habit.
Won at HRR Special Race for schools, then Visitors with Durham, Queen Mother twice with TSS.
Won Wingfield's and Thames World Sculling Challenge
Won bronze at U23s and Commonwealth regatta, represented GB in 4x twice and once at Olympics in single.
Then coached GB U23 scullers, then senior scullers before taking M4+ to be World Champions.

Chose to work at Durham because: To do justice to the legacy of Eric Halladay

Aims for the club:To ensure our top athletes make GB teams and medal, to make DUBC proud to be palatinate

Laura Richardson (Men’s Coach)

Years at DUBC: 1 

Rowing History: Prior to working at DUBC I was the GBRT Start Coach for Yorkshire. I have also worked as a physiotherapist in MSK and sports injury clinics.

Chose to work at Durham because: 
I enjoy working as part of an ambitious, motivated, talented team
I’m passionate about the development of athlete and individual
I’m competitive and don’t like losing

Aims for the club: To attain the ultimate from all our rowers, ensuring top athletes achieve GB vests…and medals.

Ian Shore (Women’s Coach)

Years at DUBC: 1  Rowing History: Coaching for over 30 years and with a level 3 coaching award, roles have include:Chief Coach of Thames Rowing Club, Head Coach of Oxford University Women’s Boat Club and National High Performance Development Coach for Wales. During this time I have coached medal-winning crews at World University Games, Under 23 World Championship’s, Commonwealth regattas and European University Championships and has on two occasions been runner up in the Sport Wales Coach of the Year Award. I have also helped develop Performance Rowing Programmes in North Africa and the West Indies for FISA. Chose to work at Durham because:  For years DUBC has been one of the powerhouses of British rowing and when the opportunity arose in October 2015 I was excited to be invited to help develop the programme. I bring a wealth of experience and an infectious enthusiasm. Aims for the club: During the next year I look to run a large squad with a view of allowing individuals to develop particularly towards selection for GB teams whilst having a squad that will be targeting all the major events i.e WHOR , BUCS events HWR and HRR. I want to foster an environment where people can have fun - I’m here to help people go fast in rowing boats. Lets have the best fun and win.

Jon Boyle (Strength and Conditioning Coach )

Years at DUBC: 6

Rowing History: None, I lift heavy things 

Chose to work at Durham because: 
I have been strength training from the age of 15 recreationally and always wanted to pursue some sort of career using the knowledge I had gained. Durham University and DUBC offered me that opportunity, invested in my development and education resulting in me having the job I’ve always dreamed of. The combination of high academic as well as high sporting achievement makes Durham University quite a special place. The place is beautiful. 

Aims for the club: Support the coaching staff in delivering a program which develops and empowers DUBC athletes to be the best they can be. To annually help produce rowers who perform at BUCS and are capable of feeding into and tolerating the GB U23 Rowing Program. As well as have them shift some serious tin! 

Rob Fletcher (Boatman)