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  • Victor's Gaskin named director of rowing at U of R

  • The University of Rochester announced on June 19 that John Gaskin was named the director of rowing at the University of Rochester. In addition to providing administrative oversight to men’s and women’s crews, Gaskin will serve as head coach of the women’s varsity team.Gaskin has served as an as...
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  • The University of Rochester announced on June 19 that John Gaskin was named the director of rowing at the University of Rochester. In addition to providing administrative oversight to men’s and women’s crews, Gaskin will serve as head coach of the women’s varsity team.
    Gaskin has served as an assistant coach of the Rochester program since 2009. In the spring of 2013, he and assistant coach Nicole Felluca served as interim head coaches following the resignation of William Greene.
    “John brings a wide range of experience to this position,” stated George VanderZwaag, the University’s director of athletics and recreation. “First and foremost, his technical rowing knowledge is significant. Coupled with his successful coaching and business experience, he is uniquely qualified to lead our programs as Director of Rowing.”
    Rochester rose as high as No. 14 in the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association(CRCA)/US Rowing Division III national rankings in early May. The Yellowjackets were ranked No. 15 in mid-month. At the Dad Vail National Championships in Philadelphia, the First Varsity Eight women’s boat for the Rochester won the ‘A’ Division race, defeating Marietta College and Emory University. The Second Varsity Eight did not qualify for the A Division final. That boat won the B Division Final by three one-hundredths of a second over Haverford College.
    After the dual Dad Vail wins, Rochester tied for 14th place in the final Division III poll of CRCA/US Rowing.
    In his first season on the Rochester rowing staff in 2009-10, Gaskin served as the women’s novice coach. He was an assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs from spring 2010 through the fall 2012 semesters.
    He directed novice boats to strong finishes at the Dad Vails in the 2010 and 2011 spring seasons.
    “I am excited for the opportunity and for this upcoming season,” stated Gaskin. “We are returning all of the female athletes from the first varsity eight and a majority of women from the second varsity eight that performed so well last spring. Looking ahead, our goal is to get the women to a stronger competitive position where we will compete for an NCAA title and the men for an ACRA crown.”
    Gaskin came to Rochester after 10 years coaching at Forest Hills Public Schools Central High School in Grand Rapids, Mich. 
    Women’s rowing at Rochester operated as a club sport for more than 20 years. It competed as a varsity sport for the first time during the 2009-2010 season. By moving to varsity status, the women’s team became eligible for the NCAA Division III Rowing Championships. Men’s rowing is not recognized as an NCAA sport and therefore does not have an NCAA championship.
    Gaskin has worked as a project manager at Retrotech, Inc. in Victor since 2009. He lives in Victor with his wife, Robin. They are the parents of Jennifer John V.
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