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Travis Gardner, Senior Coach


Travis Gardner In 2006, Travis Gardner founded Essex Rowing Club, Inc.—a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on advancing the sport of rowing. Since its inception, Essex has introduced over 1500 athletes to the sport of rowing and currently maintains a roster of over 240 middle school, high school and adult athletes. Today, Gardner serves as President and Senior Coach for the organization.

Prior to starting Essex Rowing, Gardner was Interim Head Coach for Greater Lawrence Community Boating Program, Inc., where he led the development and operation of the organization’s start-up rowing program. Within three months, Gardner built the program to over 50 youth and adult athletes, with his Women’s Novice 4+ taking gold in their very first competitive outing.

During this time, Gardner also served as a volunteer coach for the Boston College women’s program—supporting the development of BC’s walk-on novice athletes. Previously, he held coaching positions with the club program at Michigan State University and the University of Florida.

As an undergrad, Gardner rowed for the University of Florida, where he served as captain of the most successful novice team in the program’s history. While at UF, Gardner also trained and competed with Malta Boat Club in Philadelphia where he earned national titles in Intermediate and Senior Lightweight Quads and a win in the Senior B Lightweight Quad at the Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in Ontario.

Gardner also raced competitively for the New York Athletic Club—with whom he won his third national championship in the Senior Lightweight Double Scull.

Travis Gardner is a graduate of the University of Florida where he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis.

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Patrick Scott, Coach and Boatman


Pat Scott Patrick Scott joined Essex Rowing as Men’s Youth Coach and Boatman after serving for eight years as Varsity Coach and Boatman with Bromfield Acton-Boxborough Rowing.

At Bromfield, Scott qualified for the USRowing Youth National Championships for five straight years, earning a national title with the Men's 2- in 2011. Scott’s crews also topped the podium multiple times at the USRowing Northeast Junior District Championships, most notably earning gold in the Men’s 4+ in 2013.

Scott has coached numerous athletes who went on to compete for leading colleges including Boston University, Princeton University, University of Wisconsin and Yale University. Scott’s athletes have also earned seats on the prestigious USRowing Junior National Team, competing at the World Rowing Junior Championships.

Prior to relocating to Massachusetts, Scott coached at Aqueduct Rowing Club and Schenectady Rowing Club in NY. He also competed with Schenectady Rowing as a high school student.

Patrick Scott studied European History at Suffolk University.

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Michelle Toomey, Coach



Coaching Staff Development

As Essex Rowing moves through its sixth year of operation we will continue to develop our coaching staff extensively to meet the needs of our growing membership. Our organization was founded with the commitment to provide that membership with the highest quality of instruction possible, drawn from a core of professional coaches and supplemented with talented, up-and-coming part-timers and enthusiastic volunteers. Athletic participation requires enormous time commitments and our members can be confident that those responsible for their development are focused solely on that mission, and have the education and training to guide you to your goals safely, efficiently, and enjoyably. Return to Top >

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