Rob Baker to become Cambridge University Boat Club chief coach

PUBLISHED: 07:01 11 April 2018

Rob Baker is switching from CUWBC to CUBC. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

Rob Baker is switching from CUWBC to CUBC. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

Credit: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

Role change from Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club

Rob Baker has been appointed chief coach of Cambridge University Boat Club.

He has been in charge of the coaching at Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club for the past six years, but will make the step across to replace Steve Trapmore, who is becoming GB high performance coach.

Baker has built a high performance programme at CUWBC which has resulted in victories in the last two Boat Races, plus a multitude of success in a wide range of competitions.

“I am tremendously excited to come back to CUBC after ten years away,” said Baker.

“When I started at CUBC 17 years ago I was an apprentice coach. Returning to CUBC with international coaching experience and having led the CUWBC to Boat Race successes I believe that I have a lot to offer and will build on Steve Trapmore’s great work.

“I am looking forward to building the relationship between all Cambridge clubs and seeing success for Cambridge rowing across the board. I have received much support from old Blues and Goldies and I am excited to work with them again and to help create the winning Blue Boats and Goldies of the future.”

Reflecting on his time and success at CUWBC, Baker said: “The past six seasons with CUWBC have been challenging, rewarding and hugely formative for me as a coach.

“I’m extremely proud of the work we have done and where the club now stands in world rowing.

“I have worked with tremendous athletes, a great support team and have forged lifelong friendships with many people involved with CUWBC.

“I leave the club after two seasons of clean sweeps in the Boat Races and we stand at the top of university women’s rowing in the UK.

“I look forward to working with the next CUWBC chief coach and their team in my new role and helping both clubs to progress and win more Boat Races.”

As part of the changes, CUWBC have announced that they will be joining the performance programmes with Cambridge University Lightweight Rowing Club across the openweight women and lightweight men and women.

Assistant coach Patrick Ryan will continue to coach and develop the scholar athletes alongside the club’s wider professional team.

Recruitment for the newly-expanded position of chief coach to lead the combined programmes of openweight women and lightweight men and women will begin soon.

CUBC executive committee chair Cath Bishop said: “We wish Rob all the best in his new challenge working with the men’s team and thank him for his immense contribution to CUWBC and stunning Boat Race performances in 2017 and 2018.

“We are delighted that CUWBC could provide the environment for Rob to develop his coaching and be part of such a successful programme for women’s rowing in the UK.

“I and the rest of CUWBC are very excited about merging the performance programmes across CUWBC and CULRC to take things to the next level for the next generation of Cambridge University rowing talent.”

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