Gehman '93, Whelpley '05 coach crews at under-23 worlds event

Aug. 3, WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College Olympian Hilary Gehman '93 and former assistant coach Steve Whelpley '05 both coached crews in Poland at the Under-23 World Rowing Championships from July 25-29.

Gehman, who works with the Princeton National Rowing Association, had a quadruple scull crew make the grand final and finish in sixth place overall. Gehman rowed in the quadruple scull at both the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics.

"I had previously coached the U.S. Under-23 women's quad in 2010 and that boat placed fourth at the World Championships in Belarus," said Gehman, who has coached collegiately at Cornell University, Georgetown University, and Lewis & Clark College.

Gehman is currently the events manager at the Princeton National Rowing Association. She has watched some of the top collegiate crews in the country race.

"I organize all the rowing events on Mercer Lake, which over the past three years has included national championships for the NCAA, the Intercollegiate Rowing Association, and the USRowing Youth Nationals," Gehman said.

Whelpley, an assistant coach for Colby head coach Stew Stokes during the 2016-17 academic year, coached the men's single scull and men's double scull in Poland. His single sculler finished fourth in the grand final. 

Whelpley, currently the head coach of the Green Racing Project (GRP) at Craftsbury (Vt.) Outdoor Center, rowed for the U.S. National Team in the Summer Olympic trials and raced at the World Rowing Championships. 

"The two boats that I coached at the Under-23 World Championships were members of the Green Racing Project Under-23 Team at Craftsbury," Whelpley said. "All three were part of the summer under-23 program with GRP."

Whelpley is working with elite rowers at GRP. He is very involved as head coach with the lives of his athletes.

"You have psychological, physiological, and technical changes that need to occur just like for collegiate and high school rowers," Whelpley said. "Here it is the main thing in front of each athlete and the day gets built out much more extensively around his or her rowing."