AUBC Appoints Head Coach

{gallery}Latest_News/Coach:::1{/gallery}The AUBC Committee is very pleased to announce the appointment of Sean Leyland as the club's first full-time head coach. Sean brings with him considerable enthusiasm for the role and experience from Canada, USA, UK and Australia. Sean will be looking to commence in mid-April. Below is a full bio of Sean's career to date. 


Sean started his rowing career at the St. Catharines RC (Canada). St. Catharines RC (SCRC) has hosted two World Championships and is considered one of the premier rowing clubs in North America.  He continued his rowing career at University being part of one of the best University programs in Canada.  As a lightweight he rowed with the big guys in his first year, and then coxed the 2nd Varsity and Varsity boat through his second year culminating in a win at the San Diego Crew Classic and a win in the Brown Cup (yearly dual match against University of British Columbia) breaking the course record.

Sean's coaching career started at the St. Catharines RC and Victoria City Rowing Club in his first two years of University.  Having been selected for an internship at Brown University he then moved to New England and assisted in coaching both the Varsity and Freshman groups for the year. From 1999 through 2001 Sean served as the Head Lightweight Men's coach at SCRC and winning 3 Canadian Henley titles in 2 years, placing all crews in finals in 2001 and having a crew named Crew of the Year by Rowing Canada.

In the summer of 2002, Sean interned at the London Training Centre (Rowing Canada) with the Canadian Heavy Women's program under FISA Coach of the Year Al Morrow.  Sean then moved back to Victoria, BC, Canada to attend the National Coaching Institue and assist with the Lightweight Men and Women at the Victoria Training Centre (Rowing Canada) where he helped prepare athletes for the World Championships.


Soon after his work at the Victoria Training Centre, Sean decided to take a little trip to Western Australia.  He quickly found a home at the West Australian Rowing Club (WARC) for their 2005 racing season helping crews win 5 state titles.  WARC then offered him the full time position of Rowing Manager and over the next two seasons WARC crews picked up another 20+ state titles before he moved on to working with the Western Australian Institute of Sport as the Junior coach.  His Junior Men's 4- in 2008 won gold at the National Championships and went on to be selected for the Junior World Championships achieving a 4th place finish in Linz, Austria.

Most recently Sean has been the Head Coach at the University of Edinburgh and Talent Development Coach for Scottish Rowing.  In just his 2nd year Edinburgh University had it's most successful season ever and Sean was selected along with Scottish athletes to team GB for the 2011 and 2012 U23 World Championships.

Sean's looking forward to working with everyone at AUBC to grow the club and continue improving on it's successes.