Coaches

Liz Trond – Head Coach

Liz Trond began rowing in 1989 as a highly competitive collegiate rower (and actually still trains and races on the master’s level, winning the Head of the Charles in the 8+ and Master’s Nationals in the 2x in recent years) and then moved into coaching in 1995 working with the crew teams at Sacramento State University, Orange Coast College, Fairfield University, and Norwalk River Rowing Association.

In 2005, Coach Trond joined Norwalk, CT based Maritime Rowing Club and founded the team’s competitive girls sweep team. In 4 years, her crews won the Head of the Charles, San Diego Crew Classic, and medaled numerous time at USRowing Youth Nationals.

In 2010, Liz then founded her own club, Connecticut Boat Club, where CBC boats then went on to win hundreds of races including National Championships in the 8, 2- and Ltwt 4+ in Spring 2016.

Coach Trond’s experience working closely with USRowing’s Junior National Team, which began in 2002, is equally impressive. Serving as Head Coach for the United States Junior Women’s Development Team in 2004 and 2005, Liz coached the CanAmMex teams, and in 2005 won the first ever USA Points Trophy. Those teams included Ari Frost, Elle Logan, Lindsey Meyer, Sara Hendershot, Helen Thompkins and Ashley Kroll who have since competed for USRowing on a U-23 and National Team levels. In 2007 Liz created the USRowing’s High Performance Team and set the framework for the training trip to Berlin. Liz served as assistant coach for the US Junior National Team from 2006-2010 coaching the 2- to a 6th place finish twice, the 4- to 8th & 6th place finishes, and the 8 to a silver medal and since 2011 has served as the US Junior Women’s Head Coach where she brings with her a passion for coaching, a competitive spirit, the knowledge of the complete junior team system, and experience of international level training and racing.

Coaches Liz and Pierrick

Pierrick Absolonne – Assistant Varsity Coach

Pierrick began his rowing career at the Laval Rowing Club in Canada in 1981.  As a junior rower, his boats won multiple gold medals at the Quebec Games, represented their province at the 1989 Canada Games, and won 2 golds, a silver and a bronze medal at the Canadian Secondary School Rowing Association Championships (1987,1988 & 1989)

After winning a gold medal at the Royal Canadian Henley in 1988, Pierrick raced at the 1990 Canadian Speed Order Regatta and won gold in the senior lightweight men’s pair. That same year, he rowed in the lightweight 4- at the World Cup in Lucerne and at the English Royal Henley Regatta.

Prior to joining Connecticut Boat Club, Pierrick served as the Varsity Boys Head Coach with Greenwich Crew and RowAmerica Rye.  He led both teams to multiple victories in the Northeast and to the club’s first-ever qualification of a Mens Youth 8+ to the Youth National Championships.
Pierrick is passionate about rowing, eager to teach and learn, and he shares his competitive fire and love of the sport by developing the next generation of athletes.  He is a certified USRowing Level III coach.
Pierrick holds a Master of Science in Landscape Design from Columbia University.  He is the proud father of two and lives with his family in Darien.

Coach Pierrick gives pre-race instruction

Jim Sweitzer – Novice Coach

Jim began his rowing career both as a Masters rower and coach in 2000 at Norwalk based Maritime Rowing Club. He was a founding member in 2000 of both New Canaan High School Crew, Inc and Maritime Rowing Club. Jim coached various levels of both boys and girls at New Canaan High School crew from 2000- 2008 and St Lukes School crew in 2007-2008. In 2009 he coached at Greenwich Crew and in the spring of 2010 joined Coach Trond at Connecticut Boat Club in its inaugural season.

As a Masters rower, Jim won a Gold medal at the 2006 World Masters Championship and continues to compete in a variety of races including the Head of the Charles and Head of the Schuylkill. He resides in New Canaan with his wife Diana and has 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Coach Jim with the 2016 CBC Novice eight after they won the Northeast Regional Championship

Coaches Liz and Jim inform the Novice eight that they won the 2015 Head of the Riverfront by 1 second!