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This month things are ramping up at the Marin Rowing Association.
Another day of practice has been added and the 140 rowers and coaches
and parents of rowers are preparing for the spring racing
season. Founded in 1968 for the Redwood High School
crew and an alumni group called Cardiac 8+, the club is now
a nationally recognized boathouse producing champion
rowers. When the Sacramento-born rower Dustin Kraus stepped into the
role of coach for the men’s varsity team at the club this year, a lot was
expected of him. And Kraus didn’t disappoint — turning in a winning 2012
season and an impressive showing at last fall’s Head of the Charles regatta.
In addition to his novice A, B, C and freshman boats enjoying undefeated
seasons, his varsity crew of eight not only defended their two-time
champion position, but also were able to pull off another first-place finish a
full 30 seconds ahead of the next-fastest boat. MIMI TO WLE
1Why Marin? i moved here because of my job. i’ve been in Greenbrae for about a year.
2What does it take to win the Head of the Charles? As a coach, getting the guys well
prepared and keeping the rowers calm on race
day. As a rower, teamwork and showing up with
intention. As a coxswain, excellent navigating
and keeping the guys focused.
3What did you say right before the race? i like to keep things simple. Starting in
front is a huge advantage, and they knew they
were the target. my job is to keep them controlled and smart. i don’t remember what i said.
probably something like, “r elax, stay focused,
stay in control.”
4How do you motivate these kids? t heir success is largely due to the nature of the
program. t he culture at marin r owing sets a
high bar of expectations, which creates a sense
of purpose in day-to-day practices, and it makes
the coach’s life much easier.
5How did you get into rowing? o ne of my friends in high school suggested i start.
i didn’t really want to, but i tried it. At first i
thought it was weird; it took awhile, but i really
liked it once i got better at it.
6Whom does the sport of rowing attract? Kids trying to find a sport they can be really
good at by working hard. Some sports require
natural skills, but with rowing, you can be as
good as you want to be.
7Are there different personalities for the different seats? Yes, and part of the fun for
a coach is figuring which personalities fit best in
8What made you want to be a coach? i really enjoy watching the progression
of athletes and the learning process. i’m also
9How many hours a day do your athletes train? o n average, 3 to 3. 5 hours a day.
10Do you have any really good blister emedies? Keep them clean. After prac-
tices use Neosporin and keep them bandaged.
11Favorite lunch spot? michael’s Sourdough in San r afael; i love their
12Where do you go to celebrate? After egattas we adults like to go to m arinitas.
With the kids, we stick to the boathouse. M