Mitch McManus successfully led crews of a different kind before moving to coaching full time. As an internationally awarded Film & Television Director, he has written, produced and directed commercials for everything from hamburgers to Hollywood blockbusters, however his passion has always been working with sports, listing NFL, The Soccer World Cup and the Olympic Games among his many production credits.
Growing up in Sydney, Australia, Mitch first fell in love with rowing at arguably Australia’s most successful boys’ rowing nursery, the Shore School where he coxed the Junior 4+, 1V 4+ and 1V 8+. Upon graduating High School, he continued coxing with Sydney Rowing Club in both the Youth 8+ and the club Gold Cup 8+. Having completed studies at the Australian Film, TV and Radio School (AFTRS) in Sydney, Australia and Harvard University in Boston, Mitch followed a lifelong passion and undertook a full year’s intensive Post Graduate study at the Institute for Rowing Leadership, graduating as a Fellow of the IRL, Class of 2019.
In 2016 Mitch was introduced to CRI when his daughter Caitlin was selected to row on their Women’s Varsity Team. Unable to resist the draw any longer, Mitch began coaching Competitive Youth Skills Development & Adult Sweeps at CRI, in addition to being appointed Head Coach, Novice Boys at Bromfield Acton-Boxborough in 2018 where his crews won 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze and a State Championship title.
Mitch firmly believes that developing camaraderie, leadership & life skills in the athletes he coaches is just as important as teaching technical ability. His rowing philosophy is simple: Get fit, go fast, have fun.
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