November 19, 2013 Victoria (ISN) – Rowing Canada Aviron (RCA) is pleased to announce that Howie Campbell has been appointed to the position of National Training Centre Assistant Coach to RCA’s heavyweight men’s program in Victoria.
After a 23-year tenure as University of Victoria men’s rowing head coach, Campbell will be taking the next step in his coaching career to join Rowing Canada Aviron. Campbell guided the Vikes men’s program to six Canadian University Rowing Championship (CURC) titles and will now transition to becoming the Canadian men’s national training centre assistant coach.
“Howie will be a welcome addition to RCA’s coaching team at the Victoria Training Centre. Howie has had considerable success at the university level, and has been a great contributor to Rowing Canada’s performances at the Under 23 and Senior levels over the past years. He brings a level of coaching experience, knowledge and success that will help guide the athletes in our men’s program on the road to Rio 2016,” said Peter Cookson, RCA’s Director of High Performance.
“This is just the next logical step for me in my professional career,” said Campbell. “I feel like the university is at an excellent time for a new leader to build on what I have already helped put in place. I’ve always wanted to work with the national program and now I can put full focus on it.”
Campbell is no stranger to the international stage having coached off and on with a variety of Canadian national team programs since 1990. Most notably, Campbell was an assistant coach at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
The change won’t be a huge stretch for the Edmonton native as the Elk Lake waters are the training grounds for both the university’s and national team heavyweight men’s programs. Campbell has helped several others make the leap from the post-secondary stage to the international level and on the podium.
Campbell will officially join RCA on January 1, 2014.
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