About Mary Whipple

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9th Seat is the brainchild of Mary Whipple, Olympic gold medalist coxswain of the US women’s eight. Here you’ll find informative blog posts, tips and tricks, and opportunities to learn from the best!


2015 Coxswain Clinic Series–Cleveland, OH

Cleveland, OH is the bonus location for the fourth location of The 9th Seat’s 2015 Coxswain Clinic Series. The Cleveland Rowing Foundation is hosting the clinic and I can’t wait to see their boathouse and all eight of their rowing clubs and boats under one roof.

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Sruthi G.- Hi! I am a high school coxswain, and I was wondering if you would be hosting any other clinics

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2015 Coxswain Clinic Series–Springfield, VA/DC area - 01/15/15


Virginia and DC area is the second stop for the 2015 Coxswain Clinic Series. With the help of West Springfield Spartan Crew, The 9th Seat is headed back east. I’ve given many coxswain clinics in the DC area and the rowers and coxswains there never disappoint!

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Charlie- Are you planning to host any clinics in the Philadelphia area in 2015 - 2016? Would love to

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2015 Coxswain Clinic Series–Boston, MA - 01/08/15


Last year’s Boston clinic was a blast so it was a no brainer to come back. This year I’m adding a special second session for coxswains who want to take their leadership skills to the next level. The full day experience is designed to give coxswains a glimpse of what topics and skills are covered during my week long Coxswain Leadership Camp.

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Olivia Lonski- Hi! I am a junior coxswain,and I was wondering if you were going to be hosting another camp

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2015 Coxswain Clinic Series–Madison Wisconsin - 12/23/14


Winter is here which means for coxswains it is time to dust off their clipboards, get new running shoes, and brush up on your stereo management skills. Or it means to take the time to reevaluate your spring time goals, your leadership style, and your technical eye. I’ve designed a new and improved coxswain clinic format that I’m excited to share to the whole rowing community!

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Row in the Moment - 04/29/14

Row in the moment

Rowing is just as mental as it is physical. Racing season is here and being present each stroke will lead to fast racing. Is your team ready for racing with a winning attitude? Mental toughness and creating a boat identity will lead to fast races.

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Coxswain Leadership Camp: Spatial Awareness - 04/14/14

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I know many coxswains who are great motivators but don’t get boated because they can’t maneuver their boat well enough. It is very important to coaches to trust their coxswains. The coxswains who are in the right place at the right time are true leaders. Summer camp is a great way to take the time to study and learn the skills that coxswains never have enough time to practice during practice.

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Mary Whipple’s Rowing and Coxing Summer Camp FAQ - 03/31/14

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You’ve got questions about my coxing and rowing camps? I’ve got answers. This is a working page and I will update it with any new answers to all your questions.

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Tim- Useful info. Lucky me I discovered your site unintentionally, andd I'm surprised why this coincidence

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University of Washington Women’s Junior Rowing Camp - 03/24/14

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The 9th Seat is not just for coxswains 😉 I’m expanding my summer camp program to include two-one week rowing camps that will allow junior athletes a chance to train like a national team athlete at the University of Washington boathouse, Conibear Shellhouse.

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Fall Update: How to Avoid and Recover from Head Race Collisions - 10/15/13

Fall rowing means longer mileage and Head Races on tricky courses. Here is a fall update and advice for avoiding mid-race collisions and recovering with the cleanest line.

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Mary Whipple- Hi Tanya, The age range for my Coxswain Leadership Camp in Seattle is 14-18. Your daughter

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2015 San Diego Crew Classic Coxswain Clinic - 03/14/13

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I’ve always wanted to offer coxing clinics at the San Diego Crew Classic because it is a tough but rewarding course to navigate. I’m offering two options: (1) small group session and (2) One-on-one session. Kick off this racing season right and get dialed!

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