Ben Quick

Executive Director

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. Contact: Ben.Quick@PVRiverfront.org


Renee Jones

Head Coach

Renee Jones joined PVRC as Head Coach in June of 2018. In the spring of 2018, Coach Jones completed her second season as the assistant women’s rowing coach and recruiting coordinator at Wesleyan University where her crews went undefeated in the fall of 2016, and the first varsity eight finished 2nd at Head of the Charles in 2017. Prior to Wesleyan, Jones served for three years as assistant women’s rowing coach, recruiting coordinator, then Interim Head Coach at Trinity College, where she coached athletes in three NCAA Championship events. Since first rowing for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1988, Jones launched “Reach Out and Row,” an outreach rowing program in Norwalk, CT; designed a competitive Master’s program at Hartford’s Riverfront Recapture; co-founded the Power 10 Indoor Rowing Center in Avon, CT;  and coached high school crews in Connecticut. Jones, who earned a bachelor's degree from UT-Chattanooga in Health/Physical Education, competes as a Master's rower and resides in Granby, CT with her husband, Chris, and her three boys.

Contact: CoachReneeJones@PVRiverfront.org

Jayson Pena

Dragon Boat Coach

Jayson brings many years of competitive paddling to the task of coaching our own Dragon Rays. From first racing dragon boats in the Philippines in 1995, to working for Riverfront Recapture’s dragon boating program since 2015, Jayson is trained in dragon boat steering and coaching. Jayson will be coaching the Rays, teaching our Introduction to Paddling sessions, growing the team, and assisting with the Springfield Dragon Boat Festival. Jayson lives in Avon, Connecticut with his wife and daughter. 

Contact: dragonrays@PVRiverfront.org

Bob "Bullet" Englehardt

Assistant Coach

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.

Ben Gatlin

Coach Ben Gatlin is a fitness enthusiast who has a passion for teaching others and showing them what they are truly capable of. He graduated with a BS in kinesiology from UMass Amherst in 2015 and is currently working on his doctorate of physical therapy at Springfield College. Ben has a background in personal and small group training as well as coaching for taekwondo and the martial arts. He enjoys using a blend of methods for his training and coaching, focusing on functional outcomes and trying to stay pain and injury free.

Mike Plummer

Assistant Coach

Coach Plummer is a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts where he is studying History and Education and rowed for UMass Amherst Men's Crew as an undergraduate. Mike has coached with PVRC since his Sophomore year at UMass, where he also serves as a Novice Men's coach for the Minutemen Freshman crew. Mike's rowing experience started at Glastonbury (CT) High School, culminating as stroke seat of the 1st Varsity 8+. 

Marisa Chamberland

Assistant Coach

Marisa recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts, earning her Bachelor's in Kinesiology. While at UMass she worked with athletes as an intern in the varsity weight room. Additionally, she rowed on the UMass women's team. Prior to UMass she rowed here at PVRC. Coach Marisa looks forward to getting back on the water and helping her athletes reach their fullest potential.

Nancy Mack

Assistant Coach

I started rowing 4 years ago with the Northampton Community Rowing evening program. I have attended the Dolphin Masters Rowing Camp in Jacksonville two winters in a row and they gave me the challenge to become a coach. Now, I have completed USRowing Level 2 Certification and am very excited to coach at PVRC

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