About Coach Joe May

Joe has more passion for the sport of crew than anyone we know! He can be found sculling on the lake at sunrise and sometimes again in the afternoon for a second row three seasons of the year. Over the past 15 years Joe, a US Rowing Level 2 certified coach, has coached hundreds of Masters rowers from the launch and the bow seat.

Joe is a tremendous ambassador for the sport of rowing and is involved in managing most of the regattas held on Lake Quinsigamond. Joe continues to provide excellent leadership for our club and is a well respected member of the rowing community.

Our favorite quote from Joe:

“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.”

~ Albert Einstein

Off the water:

In business Joe is Project Manager III at Clark University.

Joe was recently elected Vice President of Worcester Boat Club. He looks forward to continuing to serve the club and the rowing community as he has for the past 15 years.

A fun fact about Joe:

In his youth Joe was the paperboy for Mrs. Goddard, wife of American rocketry pioneer Dr. Robert Goddard. (Dr. Goddard is the inspiration for our annual 'The Rocket Regatta')

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A sport for a lifetime! 


Coach Joe May

About Coach Rob Leaver

Inspired by his experience as a Division 1 Rower at Northeastern University, Rob developed a passion for coaching. Rob is a US Rowing Level 2 coach and has been the Assistant Girl's coach at Worcester Academy for 3 years and coaches Masters at Worcester Boat Club.

As a rower, Rob started his career as a Juniot at T.C Williams High School (now Alexandria City High School). From there he was recruited by Coach Gary Caldwell to row for the Huskies at Northeastern University. Rob has sought excellence in his rowing for nearly 40 years and continues to compete today. in 2023 Rob raced and medalled for Worcester Boat Club and Endeavour Racing Alliance, and joined Northeastern University Alumni 8+ crew at the Head of the Charles.

Our favorite rowing quote from Rob:

“You can't fake sweat.”

Off the water:

In business Rob is an Outside Sales Representative for Gentle Giant Moving and Storage, a company founded by rowers! 

Rob was recently elected President of Worcester Boat Club. He looks forward to serving the club and the rowing community in 2024-2025.

A fun fact about Rob:

Rob was a two sport athlete in high school and was recruited as an offensive lineman for football by multiple colleges, all offering full scholarships. He chose rowing instead because he liked the sport and the camaraderie. Rob continues to row and race with his friends from Northeastern crew, proof that rowing is truly 'a sport for a lifetime!'