Brian Pack

Head Coach

Brian Pack’s rowing career started in the fall of 1999 when the
resident assistant of his dorm at Washburn University (Topeka, KS)
suggested he come out to the lake and try rowing. Since then,
Brian has been active in the sport as an athlete, coach and board
member for various organizations including the Topeka Rowing
Association, Washburn University Rowing Club, New York
Athletic Club, Kansas City Rowing Club, Cincinnati Rowing Club,
and most recently the University of Cincinnati Rowing Team. As
an athlete in those organizations Brian has raced and medaled at
USRowing Club National Championships, the Royal Canadian
Henley Regatta, and USRowing Master’s Nationals in addition to
numerous regional regattas across the United States.

When coming to UC as a doctoral student in the fall of 2014, Brian
joined UC Rowing as an athlete out of a desire to have the
collegiate “big boat” experience. After his first year of rowing
with UC, he was asked by then-Head Coach Rolf Linder to
transition into a coaching role. He took over for the next four years
as coach of the men’s varsity squad. During his tenure, the men’s program made the Varsity 8 Grand
Finals at the ACRA National Championship Regatta for the first time, while also medaling in several
other regattas and returning to the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta in the Collegiate Eight event.

During the past several years, Brian has also coached masters learn-to-row programs for the Cincinnati
Rowing Club.

Brian is most excited to bring his lifelong love for the sport to UC athletes. He describes his coaching
philosophy as “encouraging athletes to become true students of the sport and enjoying all the benefits it
can bring. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing people achieve things they did not previously consider
possible through diligence and hard work. That is true in our sport and of course in life more generally.
I don’t think there could be much greater privilege in life than being part of an organization that helps
students have an opportunity to experience the same things I have been so enriched by.”