Colin first became aware of Hanover High School Crew when he began rowing with the Upper Valley Masters Men’s Crew in 2014. Several of his fellow boat-mates just happened to be coaches with the Hanover High School Crew. Before relocating to the area and jumping in with UVRF, Colin was a Social Studies teacher at both Essex High School and later, Woodstock High School in Vermont. In an interesting twist of fate, in the spring of 2013 Hanover High School was looking for a social studies teacher, for which Colin applied and was hired. Having never coached any sport at the high school level during his past eleven years as a classroom teacher, Colin loves to ply the waters in a coaching launch in whatever capacity he may be needed by Hanover High School Crew.
In high school he was a stand-out track and field athlete, being a 15 foot pole-vaulter, and varsity gymnast. Interestingly, Colin has his dad, who coached at both the university and high school level for 40 years, to thank for his love of athletics and coaching. Upon entering college, he took up rowing while a sophomore at UNC-Chapel Hill. During one summer of college, he participated in Riverside Boat Club’s pre-elite lightweight training camp, much to the surprise of his fellow oarsmen, who had never met an oarsmen from a school south of the Mason-Dixon line. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in history.
Colin’s coaching resume includes stints as an intern coach with the Yale University Men’s Lightweight Crew. While at Yale he was given charge of the 2nd freshmen pickle-boaters, who stunned the field (and Coach Tindall) by taking first place at the Eastern Sprints in 1999. Following his time at Yale, he coached the Williams College Freshmen Heavyweight Men to a couple of Little Three titles, and their best showings at the New England Intercollegiate Regatta to date.
In 2002 he graduated from UVM with an MEd. in Curriculum and Instruction and teaching certificate, and was lucky enough to secure his first teaching position at Essex High School. In his spare time he enjoys all the Upper Valley has to offer in terms of outdoor activities. He lives with his wife and two children in Weathersfield, VT.