The Florida Rowing Center's staff is a team of internationally-recognized sculling coaches. 

We specialize in helping you to improve your sculling and move your boat better with ease.

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 Gordon Hamilton- CHief Coach

Listen to Gordon Hamilton's Rowing Chat Part 1 March 2015

Listen to Gordon Hamilton's Rowing Chat Part 2 March 2015

Joining FRC in 2006, Gordon brings more than three decades of university, national, and international coaching experience to the Florida Rowing Center. His university coaching has included MIT Head Men’s coach for 20 years, Williams College, and University of Virginia. He has coached US women’s sweep and sculling national teams at the World Championships, Goodwill Games, and World University Games, in addition to international crews from Puerto Rico, Peru, and Brazil. Gordon is regularly a guest coach at Cambridge University Women’s Crew (England), Open Water Rowing Club (CA), Craftsbury Sculling Center (VT), and is the chief coach at Cambridge Boat Club in Cambridge, MA. Gordon was educated at Columbia University and Trinity College, Cambridge University. E-mail: ghamilton@floridarowingcenter.com

Gordon Hamilton is the author of Sculling in a Nutshell: A polemic guide to making your boat go faster, click the link below:

Sculling in a Nutshell

Harvey Rubenstein- Coach

Harvey learned to row at Wayne State in Detroit and went on to represent the United States in the 1962 World Championships in Lucerne, Switzerland in the men’s 4+ event. He also represented the U.S. in the 1961 and 1965 Maccabiah Games in Tel Aviv. Harvey recently retired from a 40-year career in teaching and coaching a high school rowing team in Michigan. He and his wife have now made south Florida their permanent home. E-mail: hrubenstein@floridarowingcenter.com

cindy shirts- COACH

Drawing on her background as a competitive swimmer and coach, Cindy prepared at the Olympic Training Center where she focused on technique and biomechanics. Cindy joined the FRC staff in 2014 and has applied her love for water and deep understanding of biomechanics to coaching rowing. Cindy continues to row and competes in sculling and sweep. You will probably see her on the water during one of your sessions! When not at the Florida Rowing Center, Cindy enjoys sailing, recently crewing a 40' sailboat across the Pacific. Cindy lives in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho near her children and 7 grandchildren.


Listen to Larry Gluckman's Rowing Chat August 2015

Larry Gluckman joins the FRC staff for select months during the 2018-2019 season. With five decades in the sport of rowing, Larry has touched nearly every part of the sport. Beginning at Northeastern University under coach Ernie Arlett, Larry rowed in collegiate crews, at the club level at Vesper Boat Club, and on several elite teams including the 1976 U.S. Olympic Rowing Team. His college coaching career had stops at Columbia University, Northeastern Univeristy, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Trinity College. At the elite level, Larry coached at the Pan American Games, the Olympic Games, and the World Rowing Championships at the senior and U-23 levels. His crews have garnered national and international medals. 

Larry has had summer coaching stints at the Craftsbury Sculling Center, Black Bear Sculling Camp, Navy Crew Camp, and the Northeast Rowing Camp. Recently, under the direction of Dick Dreissigacker and Judy Geer, Larry started the Small Boat Training Center at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. SBTC was created to improve single, double, and pair rowing amongst college age rowing athletes. During his tenure at SBTC eight crews represented the United States at the U-23 World Rowing Championships. Many of the alumni of this program have moved on to Craftsbury's Green Team for senior level rowing athletes.

For close to 12 years, Larry was the "coach" at Concept2 working in marketing, product development, and human resources. He has become a staple at many of the rowing conferences lecturing on coaching and crew development. He is know for his "free speed" lectures.

Larry lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont with Sara his wife of over 40 years. They have three adult daughters.

Marlene Royle- COACH

Listen to Marlene Royle's Rowing Chat January 2016

Marlene joins the coaching staff for weekends in April 2019. Weekends are designated as "Roylerow Get Together" weekends when Roylerow athletes have a chance to enjoy a weekend of  technique training with Marlene and the FRC staff. 

A full-time Florida Rowing Center coach from 2005-2009, Marlene is the FRC Marketing Director and Webmaster. Royle coaches privately, in addition to  her writing and work with Roylerow Performance Training Progams. Marlene was among the first coaches in the United States dedicated to masters rowing. Prior to FRC she coached for 20 years at the Craftsbury Sculling Center and was the center’s associate director from 2004-2006. In 1999, Marlene founded Roylerow Performance Training Programs to individually train rowers, designing their workouts and providing support via email. Roylerow.com was the first online coaching service for rowing.  Competitively, Marlene rowed for Boston University and Boston Rowing Club; accomplishments include a national collegiate title, a national sculling title, and winning the Head of the Charles. Her books include Tip of the Blade: Notes on Rowing and Skillful Rowing and newest publication Faster Masters, plus a training column appears monthly in the journal, Rowing Magazine.

Web site: www.roylerow.com. Amazon: Marlene's Author's page and publications E-mail: roylerow@aol.com. Subscribe to Marlene's eNewsletter The Royle Rower.


Doug is a USRowing Level 2 coach who came to FRC in 2016. A former EMT, his background and interests in the biomechanics of sculling and the prevention of repetitive motion injuries make him an excellent fit for FRC. When not at FRC, he coaches masters and juniors at the North Palm Beach Rowing Club. At NPBRC he has developed scores of enthusiastic and skilled young scullers, many of whom have had success at the national level.

In addition to coaching, Doug, "Cody", handles the social media communication for FRC and cares for our official greeter and launch dog, Maggie.

Roberta Jaro-Reservations Manager and Administrative Assistant

Roberta Jaro took on the role of Administrative Assistant for the Florida Rowing Center in September 2008. Roberta oversees our registration and scheduling of students attending the sculling center. She is also the Chief Operating Officer at United Cerebral Palsy of MetroBoston. Roberta is married to our chief coach, Gordon Hamilton. E-mail: info@floridarowingcenter.com or registration@floridarowingcenter.com.

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