Quick has been the Executive Director of PVRC since the Spring of 2016. Before accepting this position, he was a parent-volunteer since 2012, a competitive rower with the Masters Crew since 2014, and volunteer Chair of the Marketing Committee since 2015. In the Fall of 2014, he first began Erg workouts and competed in the March 2015 Rockrimmon Ergatta. Racing that Spring in Masters 8, Masters 4 and Mixed Masters 4 crews he was selected for the Four entered in Head of the Charles. Taking the helm (coxing the Crew?) of PVRC is a fulfillment of a goal to share the PVRC experience with Pioneer Valley residents and beyond with a common passion for the river, the outdoors, and healthy living.
Scott began rowing at the start of his first year at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He spent the next four years training and racing with the team at regattas around the northeast such as the Head of the Charles, Head of the Fish, Dad Vail, and NERCs, earning medals at the Knecht Cup and ECAC regattas.
Upon graduating in 2011 with a BA in Comparative Literature and Spanish, he moved to North Carolina where he was Director of Rowing at a sailing and rowing club in the Charlotte area. Returning to the Northeast for graduate studies, Scott served as the Middle School Program Director and Head Coach at Essex Rowing Club. Scott’s most recent position was Director and Head Coach of Middle School and Development Programs for Greenwich Crew.
“My rowing and coaching experience has reinforced the importance of building a team from which people can derive personal friendships, joy, and meaning,” says Coach Branscomb. ”I try to frame my actions and decisions through the lens of, ‘What will make the community better?'”
Scott begins his position at PVRC full time on November 15, 2021
Interim Head Coach
Coach HB has been a part of the PVRC organization since 2017 when she chose to share her passion for rowing by coaching Novice junior rowers while working her full time job at BHN. A rower since her undergraduate days at Springfield College, HB is a crisis counselor by profession today. HB's belief in the PVRC community boathouse mission to work with any and everyone who comes to us is a strength that is carrying us forward for post-pandemic growth.
Dragon Boat Team Coach
Sue Gouin has over 20 years experience in Health and Fitness. She holds a Masters degree in
Exercise Science and Health Promotions from CalU, a Bachelors Degree in Health and Fitness
from Westfield State University and an Associates Degree in Food & Nutrition from Holyoke
Community College. She served as Program Director and Chair for the Professional Fitness
Trainer Program at Branford Hall Career Institute in Springfield from 2009 to 2018. She is a
Certified Medical Exercise Specialist with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a
Certified Personal Trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). Sue joined
PVRC in 2014 to learn the sport of Dragon Boating and to get back in shape after enduring 6
months of cancer treatments. She raced for 3 years with the Rays of Hope Dragon Boat team.
While undergoing treatments she became certified as a Cancer Exercise Trainer with the
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Cancer Society (ACS). In
2020 Sue was hired as Dragon Boat Team Manager and Coach. She works with our
Dragon Rays team to recruit and train new members and to organize, manage and coach our
current team members.
Bob "Bullet" Englehardt
With 30 years of rowing and coaching experience, Coach Englehardt brings versatility, utility, and the ability to teach the sport of rowing to adults and youth alike. First rowing for Springfield College, Bullet now rows competitively with the PVRC Masters when not coaching.
Coach Plummer has been coaching youth rowing at the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club since 2016 when he was an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts. He started rowing at Glastonbury High School, continued for UMass crew, and completed USRowing Level 2 Coaching certification. Plummer teaches in the Springfield Public Schools and coaches part-time for PVRC. He is an enthusiastic, versatile coach who shares his passion for rowing with PVRC youth and adult rowers.
Coach Hamza rowed as a lightweight for two years at Farmington High School, four years at the University of Connecticut, and four years for the Riverfront Recapture Men’s Masters Team. He has earned medals on all three teams and has competed in events such as the Head of the Charles Regatta, Dad Vails, New England Rowing Championships, and the US Rowing Master Nationals Regatta. While rowing with the men’s masters team, Hamza began coaching Riverfront's adult recreational rowing program. Hamza joined Avon High School in the 2017-2018 year as the Novice/JV Girls Crew Coach and transitioned to the position of Head Girls Crew Coach for the 2018-2019 year. Hamza is joining PVRC for the fall 2021 season to help our good rowers become great and grow the sport with his humorous enthusiasm. Hamza has a BS in Civil Engineering from UConn. After graduation, he performed bridge design and analysis for an engineering consulting firm in Connecticut for three years. He is currently a Ph.D. student at Georgia Tech studying Structural Engineering.
Aisyah grew up with 4 brothers which she claimed contributed to her competitive nature. Despite being the only girl in the family, she was the most active and passionate about sports, health and fitness.
Aisyah first explored the fitness industry by being a personal trainer. Her first career after graduation was being a Physical Education teacher and later, a Student Development Officer at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, where she took on both teaching and administration roles.
It was in 2013 when Aisyah decided to put her career aside and pursued her rowing goals. Aisyah went on to clinch Singapore’s first individual Gold medal in Rowing at the 23rd SEA Games in Myanmar. Although facing months of injuries and downfalls thereafter, she managed to pick herself back up and reached her ultimate goal of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Aisyah made history again by being Singapore’s first rower to qualify for the Games.
Currently, Aisyah is enrolled as a graduate student at Springfield College where she is pursuing her master’s degree in Athletic Counseling. She is coaching rowing at the nearby Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club when possible, as dictated by her academic schedule. She is conducting several research projects that focus on athlete identity and team cohesion. Her interests lie in contributing to the study of female athletes and high performance. Aisyah aspires to be a Sport Psychologist one day.