Prep Rowing is a year-round coed sport, with fall and spring racing seasons and on-the-water training during the winter months. Both varsity and novice (for those with less than one year of racing experience) teams compete at regattas throughout the Northwest region and beyond (in locations such as BC, Canada, Ohio, Florida, Boston, and California).
Rowing is a full-time commitment. Each athlete participates in a rigorous training plan designed to develop character in addition to strength, endurance, skill, and grit. Crews are dependent on the consistent training of all members, so daily attendance is compulsory.
Prep Crew fosters a “team first” mentality, emphasizing the importance of whole-team development and success, rather than isolating a select few. Along with ample time spent in boats on Seattle’s waterways, practices also consist of indoor strength and conditioning training with a certified personal trainer, erging, and running. Coaches provide extra-sport guidance in time management, injury prevention, nutrition, and college recruitment/planning.
Every year, the Prep crew team has had athletes recruited by Division 1 colleges, oftentimes earning significant scholarships. The team has consistently won titles at the NW Youth Regionals and qualified boats to Youth National Championships.
Tom Kellett started his coaching career in England as the Head Women’s Coach at the Grange School. Tom was hired by Seattle Rowing Center in 2012 as their Head Novice coach, where his program won numerous regional championships and included an undefeated season. Tom has been the head coach of the SP rowing program since its inception in 2016.
Tom is also the Boathouse Manager at College Club Seattle, where the Prep team practices.