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Linda Iqbal, Head Coach
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.
Ahsan Iqbal, Varsity Coach
Ahsan Iqbal has been coaching Junior, Masters and National Team crews over the past 35 years. He started rowing as a Freshman at MIT and rowed all four years and earned his varsity letter. Those four years saw some of the most successful lightweight crews at MIT with wins over Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Rutgers, Coast Guard and Dartmouth. He started Washington University’s competitive program and later started the Junior Program at St. Louis Rowing Club and was the Head Coach. By the time he moved to Philadelphia, this had grown to be in the top 10 junior programs in the country with medals at Youth Nationals, Club Nationals and Canadian Henley. His Varsity Women won the prestigious Head of the Schuylkill three years in a row. Ahsan coached Masters crews at Fairmount Rowing Association in Philadelphia as well as Shipley School. Both those crews were on the medal stands at Masters Nationals and Scholastic Championships respectively. He also coached the Pakistan Rowing Team at the South Asian Games in Sri Lanka and earned the green blazer. His crews won six silver medals. He is keenly interested in scientifically training crews to their maximum potential both psychologically and physiologically.
Adam Kreisel, Asst. Coach
Adam’s rowing career began at Trinity College in Hartford, CT where he rowed for all 4 years (1990- 1994) he attended. Adam’s sophomore-senior seasons were spent on the varsity team, where he stroked the varsity 4, and rowed in the 7, 5, and 3 seats at varying times respectively in the varsity heavyweight 8. Upon arriving in Salt Lake City after his graduation, Adam created the first ever sweep-rowing program on the Great Salt Lake, with the help of Wendy Whitney, who was running a club sculling program at the University of Utah. The start of this program ultimately also led to an off-season training program for the ski teams at Rowmark Academy. Both programs ran for several years but became defunct when Adam moved out of state from the years of 1998-2001. Adam joined the Utah Crew program as a part-time coach in September of 2018.
Anisa Iqbal, Asst. Coach
Anisa Iqbal has been around rowing her entire life. She rowed for Shipley Crew before being recruited by Yale to cox the women's team. She coxed the 2V8 and Varsity 4 during her years there and competed in the NCAA Championships all three years that she coxed for Yale. She won the Ivy League Championships in 2017 and 2018 in the Varsity 4 and in 2018 made the final of the NCAA Championships. She was named a scholar-athlete all three years. Her Club Eight took second place at the Head of the Charles in 2017 and subsequently she coxed the German National Team women in the Championship 4+ to a first place finish in 2018.
Cole Carrington, Asst. Coach
Cole Carrington rowed 3 years for Lake Braddock high school in Northern Virginia where he got first, second and, third place in states. In between those seasons, he rowed for another rowing team called Athletes without Limits where he volunteered to be the abled body rower in a sculling double placing 6th in Head of the Charles. Crew has shown him a great community where being a rower means something to other people, for example, being a hard worker, having a strong will to do your best, and treat individuals from other boats like friends. When he finished high school and picked a college to go to, he still wanted to be apart of the sport to share his experiences from crew to others
Sophie Shoemake, Asst. Coach
Sophie learned to row at the age of thirteen first starting at Nereid Boat Club. Transitioning into high school she rowed first for Mountain Lakes Rowing Club as a light weight rower and finished her last two seasons at Blair Academy where she coxed. Rowing has always been a huge part of Sophie’s life and she is excited be able to come back to the sport now. She is a senior at the University of Utah and can’t wait to graduate! She loves to spend time with her dog, Scout and her family!
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