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Former Head Coach
Nelson has led Utah Crew since the fall of 2014. He has set numerous firsts for Utah Crew. Under his guidance, UC has had two Grand Final finishes at Southwest Regionals two years in a row (M1x 2016, W2- 2017), four gold medal finishes at the Mountain West Championships, a semi-finals finish at the 2016 Henley Royal Regatta, a 2nd place finish at the Head of the Lake, and won all three team points trophies contested in Utah.
Linda began rowing in her junior year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a seat in the varsity 8+ the following year. Her first coaching experience was while a medical student at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and from that time on she was hooked. After completing her medical training she was fortunate enough to be able to arrange her professional life to accommodate her real love. Although she has coached all ages and skill levels, for more than a decade with the St. Louis Rowing Club and more recently for the Shipley School and Philadelphia City Rowing, she enjoys coaching juniors the most. Her greatest reward in coaching high school athletes is the opportunity to see the personal development that occurs as a result of participating in rowing – the mental toughness, responsibility, perseverance, positive mental attitude, ability to work as part of a team, respect for others and self-confidence - that these kids develop. Her goal is to help each athlete reach his or her full potential. Her varsity teams have medaled at the Head of the Schuylkill, advanced to finals at Youth Nationals and medaled at Scholastic Nationals. The entire Iqbal family rows and one of Linda’s favorite activities is going out in the family 4X.
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