Meet the members of your rowing team. These are the specialist who will guide you and improve your rowing ability during your time on the rowing course.


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Dave Loveday

Course Manager

David Loveday joins the summer rowing team as the Course Manager for the third consecutive year. He is currently part of the coaching team at Leander Rowing Club and has previously held positions at Thames Rowing Club and St Paul's School.

David has taken crews to wins at the National Schools Regatta and finals at Henley Royal Regatta. He also brings extensive experience as a strength and conditioning coach. He has also raced himself at a high level, winning four Home International Regatta gold medals as well as a gold and two bronze medals for England at the 2010 Commonwealth Regatta.

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Jamie Brown


This is Jamie’s first year coaching on the Imperial Summer Rowing Courses. Jamie took up rowing at Monmouth School at the age of 12, before going on to row for Cambridge University. Having spent a year coaching at Cambridge University Women’s Boat Club, Jamie now coaches the men’s squad at Thames Rowing Club.


Eugene Coakley


Eugene started rowing in 1994, and after a successful career with Ireland, he retired in 2008 to became a senior assistant coach with King’s College School rowing club. Eugene has a massive amount of experience having raced at the junior world championship in 1997, but his highlight must be the final of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games where he finished 6th in the lightweight four.

As coach Eugene has worked with all ages and from J14 to senior level and knows the importance of rowing with the correct technique is vital to be successful. Eugene has worked with some of the best coaches in the world, and his philosophy is always ‘keep it simple and enjoy your rowing’.