Below are the current coaches and committee members of Reading University Boat Club.
Will Rand – Director of Rowing
Will is the Director of Rowing at RUBC, and has been the backbone of RUBC since he joined the coaching team in 2004. Will studied Environmental Science at Reading University, he rowed alongside his degree and captained the squad before graduating in 1998. His successes include winning at Henley Royal Regatta in the Wyfolds in 2001 and he reached the final of the Visitors Challenge Cup in 2007. He then came back to Reading to join the coaching team, which has gone from strength to strength ever since. He has a calm and relaxed approach whilst he oversees the running of club on a day to day basis. His coaching experience is paramount to the club and he enjoys coaching the whole squad from the novices to GB triallists - he’s also our resident boatman and trailer driver of the club. He plays a huge part in the organisation of our head race and regularly communicates with the students’ union and the university.
Charlie Taylor – Assistant Coach
Charlotte joined the RUBC team in 2017 straight from the GB rowing team where she had many successes in the lightweight double. Charlie is a team GB Olympian, European gold medallist (Poznan 2015), world silver medallist (Aiguebelette 2015) and former world best time holder (WRC II Varese 2015) bringing this experience to help the rowers at RUBC. Charlie is a passionate, hardworking coach whose commitment to the athletes at Reading is unfaultable. She will go above and beyond to ensure she gets the best out of every athlete, and has a keen eye for detail which has improved all of our techniques on and off the water. She understands the correlation between mental and physical health and is great at offering support for that side of the sport.
Chris Bartley – Performance Coach
Two-time Olympian Chris has been an invaluable member of the coaching team since he joined us as Performance coach in October 2016. Straight off the back of an incredibly successful rowing career himself in the lightweight men’s coxless four, where Chris picked up an Olympic silver medal (London 2012), a world gold medal (Karapio 2010), and a u23 world gold medal and world record in the lightweight pair (Hazewinkel 2006) just to name a few. Previously coaching at Pembroke college (2007-2008) and Sir William Borlase (2008-2015) Chris brings a lot of knowledge and both rowing and coaching experience to the club. Chris has transformed the programme over the seasons he has been here and really helps to push the standard of the athletes. As a keen cyclist, he writes excellent rehabilitation wattbike programmes to ensure athletes maintain fitness and positive spirits during the tough time of injury. He is passionate about the sport and the club and supports every individual at RUBC, ensuring we are the best athletes we can be.
Roddy Slater – Strength & Conditioning Coach
Roddy has been part of the RUBC coaching team as the strength and conditioning coach since 2011. He has been involved in the fitness industry for over 25 years and brings his knowledge and experience into the gym to help the athletes at RUBC. His personal sporting background is in athletics, namely sprinting, however he has trained many athletes from multiple sports including football, hockey and of course rowing. He is also an associate member of UKSCA, a member of Embody with his Sports Massage qualification, a fully qualified personal fitness, speed & core trainer, and a Neuro-Structural Integrated Technique (NST) Practitioner. Roddy is an incredible coach, making training fun and exciting, and is able to get the best out of every single athlete. From motivating us to do ten-minute wall sits, to spotting squats, to sorting out little niggles, Roddy has so many skills and is one of the best in his field.
Luke Reiser – President
Luke, a third year Business Management student, puts his leadership and organisation qualities into practice as president of RUBC. He does everything from arranging accommodation for events, to communicating with the students’ union, to managing his own rowing to a very high level and does so very well. As the leader of the student committee, Luke ensures harmony and unity within the club and keeps us all in check!
Rory Harris – Men's Captain
Second year student Rory leads by example in the standard he sets for his men’s squad. An exceptional rower himself, Rory is organised, hard-working and has an inspiring work ethic for his squad to follow. He does a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure the squad is the best it can be, and gets the best results possible when it comes around to summer racing.
Lucy Ryan – Women's Captain
Third year maths student Lucy is in her 2nd year as women’s captain and does a fantastic job. She’s hardworking, encouraging and caring for her girls! She’s a great role model on and off the water. Lucy is always smiling and helps give RUBC the family feel we all enjoy.
Hettie Horler – Treasurer
Business student Hettie keeps all of the club’s finances under control as Treasurer of the boat club. Hettie’s organisation and communication skills ensure the club is in a good place and she’s very good at getting prompt payment despite having to get it from students!
Emily May – Welfare Officer
Emily is a second year Psychology student and extremely kind and caring in nature. She’s very trustworthy and knows all of the right places to direct people to if they’re in need of extra support.
Rob McPherson - Fundraising officer
Third year Maths and Finance student Rob is the RUBC fundraising officer. Rob has created a fantastic flyer and is currently in the process of trying to secure some funding to help the club out.
Franky Bailey-Tate – Press Officer
English Literature student Franky has control of the social media. She does everything from race reports to Instagram stories and is currently pushing to increase our following even further.
Sean O'Mahony – Secretary
The secretary of the club is a vital role to keep the committee organised. Second year Economics student Sean writes detailed minutes for meetings and helps out the president if needed.
Sophie Lewis – Social Secretary
Psychology student Sophie is the RUBC social secretary for 2018/19. She makes sure we all have more fun around training organising events from nights out to our New Year’s hiking retreat in Wales. She is also in charge of organising our annual formal event.
Alex Badcott - Kit Officer
Alex is a second year studying Politics. He’s in charge of sorting out our kit, which this season has just moved to being supplied by Mizuno. Alex is great at organising and communicating with companies to ensure we have great kit.
Recruitment & Alumni officers - Kate Lyster & Chloe Knight.
Second year students Kate and Chloe are in charge of Recruitment. They attend events such as The Scullery and National Schools Regatta to recruit the next generation. They also have the role of keeping the alumni (Ortner Boat Club) in touch with what’s going on.