PVRC STAFF

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

coachreneejones@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

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.

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.

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

gouinsm@juno.com

Sue Gouin

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 20018. 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).  Currently Sue is working with the South Windsor Community Center, managing their Fitness Center and offering various exercise classes and wellness workshops that cater to the Older Adult Population. Sue has recently signed on as our Dragon Boat Team Manager & Coach. She will work with our Dragon Rays team to recruit and train new members and to organize, manage and coach our current team members.  

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