Florida Institute of Technology, BS Aerospace Engineering
D1 Varsity Rower. Placed top-15 in the USA at IRA Nationals
Meet Coach Woody
“Don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
– Muhammed Ali
What achievement are you most proud of?
I rowed in the Varsity 8+ for a D1 college, placing top 15 in the country while attaining a Aerospace Engineering degree.
What does hard work and dedication mean to you?
After highschool I got selected to be in a talent ID programme run by GB Rowing, this was a great opportunity to be part of a World class athletic programme. Right from the beginning it involved hardwork and dedication to a level I’d never been exposed to before. Wake up at 4am, drive to practise, train for 5-7 hours, get home, recover and repeat 6 days a week. It was a huge shock, however with great coaching, support, and collective vision, I managed to get to an elite level in the sport in 2 years. This led to getting a full athletic scholarship to Florida Institute of Technology.
Why are you passionate about coaching students?
I feel like I’m now in a position, after all my experiences, failures, mistakes and achievements, to be able to really help students power through challenges and struggles and help them be the best they can be. Furthermore, I’ve gotten great fulfillment in the past, when tutoring academics and coaching rowing.
“I feel like I’m now in a position, after all my experiences, failures, mistakes and achievements, to be able to really help students power through challenges and struggles and help them be the best they can be.”
What is a challenging experience that has defined who you are today?
I’ve lived in 4 different countries, so I know what it’s like to be in a completely new environment and meet different groups of people. It’s easy to think of the worst case scenario when things are unknown, but I’ve found that if you approach situations with positivity, confidence and an open mind, people are very welcoming!
What do you do when not coaching at gt.school?
I’m currently doing courses in Spanish and Yacht Sailing. I have a goal to sail across the Atlantic Ocean to South America within the next 5 years.
What is the most important lesson you have learned from a coach?
Presence of mind. Focus on the present moment instead of thinking about what’s already been or what might happen in the future.