About Me

Neil Bergenroth

Athlete and USRowing Level III Coach


I have been involved with the sport of rowing for over 27 years. I started rowing in the United Kingdom at Kingston Grammar School at the age of 13. During my 5 year high school year, I won two national championships in the 2- at 16 and in the schools head at the age of 18. In addition to this success, I earned a place on Great Britain Junior National team and competed in the 1992 Junior World Rowing Championships in the 2- finishing 9th.

After graduating from high school, I attended Boston University and placed 5th at the IRA my freshman year. I was a member of the varsity eight in the 1995, 1996 and 1997 seasons. I was awarded team MVP my Sophomore and Senior Years. I graduated Boston University with a BSc in Human Movement Studies.

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After moving from college, I coached in the N.E.I.R.A. at The Gunnery School in CT. My crews earned top finishes in the Head of the Charles Regatta and climbed the rankings at the N.E.I.R.A regattas in late May.

Following my tenure as a coach in New England, I moved to Tulsa with my wife and in the summer of 2002 and became the Head Coach of The Tulsa Rowing Club Juniors (now the Tulsa Youth Rowing Association).

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Over the next 14 years, I served in the Head Coach position and built the program from 10 athletes, no equipment, and one coach, to 65 athletes, $200K+ equipment, and 6 coaches. I have coached crews that have been successful at Central District Regional Rowing Championships and served on the regatta committee for several years. In the summer of 2013, I led a successful effort to take the first junior crew from Oklahoma to compete in the Thames Cup at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in the UK. In 2015 I took over as regatta director for the Route 66 Regatta held in Catoosa, OK in April.I have also spend a great deal of time competing as a masters rower winning many medals along the way. I have also been successful in ergometer competitions winning the 30-39 age group at the SWEAT indoor ergometer competition for 6 years in a row.

In the summer of 2016, I stepped down as Head Coach from the Tulsa Youth Rowing Association, so that I could spend more time with my wife Cathy and my 2nd-grade daughter Emily and focus on my other passion of being a Chemistry teacher at Holland Hall in Tulsa, OK.

I created this blog because although I do not currently have the time to coach full time, I have learned a great deal during all of the time that I have spent participating in the sport. I believe that I have a great deal of experience to offer other coaches, especially coaches that are starting out at the beginning of their careers.

I hope that you enjoy this growing site and hope you learn as much as I am going to in this process.

Happy Rowing!