Coaching Team

Boathouse Manager & Senior Men's Coach- Adam Berry

Adam joined us from Boston Rowing Club, where he was appointed the head coach. Adam is well qualified after studying Sports Development and Coaching (Bsc) and is currently completing his Level 3 Coaching Award. He has been coaching for almost 10 years now, starting off as a Youth Leader aged 16.

He has developed a wide range of rowers including guiding a junior athlete to a bronze medal in the W1x at Coupe de a Jeunesse and a top 5 finish in the Champ 1x at National Schools. He has also led crew to Henley qualification including a top 10 finish at Ghent International Regatta in the W2x. He was a consultant coach for another Junior Irish Athlete who won silver in the Irish Championship in the JW1x & bronze in the JW2x & was also selected for the Irish Home International Squad in 2016. He has also had an athlete selected for the Irish Home International Senior Squad in 2015.

GB Start coach – Dan Cooper

Dan has been coaching the Start programme at Twickenham RC since the club became one of the ten GB Rowing Team Start centre across the country, in 2013.

Dan’s sporting background is in Rugby and Dance and he didn’t take up rowing, coxing and coaching until he went to Swansea University to study a BSC and MSc in Sports Science. Whilst involved in SURC he coxed the Swansea University RC men’s eight in the inaugural Welsh Boat Race.

Following his graduation from Swansea Uni, Dan worked with London Youth Rowing as an ARA Community Coach.  After a year he then took on the role of LYR Head Coach based at Lea RC, a position he held for five years. During his time at Lea RC, Dan was an Olympic Torch bearer for the London 2012 Games, having been nominated by the athletes at the club.

Dan’s major achievements include taking the Lea RC Champ W.J2x to win, in record time, at the National Schools Championships in 2013 and coaching Abigail Armstrong & Maddy Badcott to gold and silver medals in the women’s double scull at the 2013 Coupe de la Jeunesse.

Coxing development coach – Paul Davis
Paul is the current President of the Boat Club and was a member of the coaching team throughout the 1990s. Having learnt to cox at Tiffin School, Paul coxed at the newly formed Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association coming 6th at Head of the River towards their run in the Grand Challenge Cup in 1983. He then went on to represent GB, coxing the GB Men’s Lightweight Eight to 7th at the World Championships. He has long since taken a step back but remains a great asset to our coxing development squad hosting our fortnightly coxing seminars whilst acting as a guiding light to the dark arts of a coxswain. 

Head of Strength and Conditioning - James Evans

James is a personal trainer with qualifications in strength and conditioning and kettlebell training. He has coached at TwRC since 2008 with responsibility for senior men and women as well as introducing many novices to strength training.

Novice group coaching team:

Oliver Cobb
Ollie has been at Twickenham RC for over 15 years and has led the coaching of the novice group for 6 years. A great deal of the current senior squad have passed through his tutelage. 

Paul McCarter
Paul is the current Chairman of the club and keen to assist training the next group of novices to come through the system. Forever enthusiastic for anything TwRC.

Antony Cox

Antony is an ex-senior squad oarsmen who has begun coaching the novice squad from this season.

Liz Bushby

Liz has been coaching across the Novice, Junior, Intermediate, Recreational and Learn To Row groups since joining the coaching team in 2015. She is someone who both learned to row at Twickenham and carried on through to the Senior Women's first VIII, rowing at that level from 2012-2014. This year she is focussed on getting both the men's and women's Novice Squads (and Juniors in Years 8 & 9) fit and competitive for local head races and regattas, while introducing them to all aspects of rowing, including commitment, fitness, racing, setting and achieving both personal and squad goals together.

Junior coaching team:

Lucy Primmer
Lucy first took up rowing at the age of 16 at Guildford Rowing Club. She quickly found success, winning a number of regattas in her J18 year, as well as competing at both the 2011 Junior National Schools and the 2010 & 2011 Henley Women’s Regattas (HWR). Along with this, she began coaching the younger and less experienced juniors at the club, as well as some crews from the masters squad. At University of Bristol, she achieved a master in Chemistry and continued her development with medals at BUCS and Reading regatta as well as qualifying at HWR. During her time in Bristol, she was also involved in the organisation and coaching of a variety of university squads. Lucy is now a level 2 qualified rowing coach and will be the new lead coach of the thriving junior section, alongside her own competitive rowing training.

Amy Grieve
Amy has been rowing for 12 years training as a full time athlete winning international and national regattas. She is heavily involved with the youth sport trust and working with young people to encourage sports in schools throughout the North West of England and through this was selected as one of four young ambassadors to go to the 2008 Olympics with team GB. Amy has coached at a variety of clubs including Sir William Borlase, Wallingford and Liverpool university and taking all to national regattas and is now using that experience to support continued development of the junior section.