Science of Rowing is the resource for coaches and rowers of all levels. Each month, we read across dozens of academic journals for rowing-relevant research, deliver summaries and takeaways from the most relevant articles, and discuss practical applications via audio roundtables, and supporting bonus content. Below are the bios of our three coaches, Will Ruth, Blake Gourley, and Joe DeLeo.

Will Ruth

BS Kinesiology, MA Sport Coaching, NSCA-CSCS, USRowing Level 2

Will is a former junior rower who found his way back to rowing via the weight-room. Will was the strength coach of the Western Washington University men’s program for six years, during which time he also completed a B.S. in Kinesiology, an M.A. in Sport Coaching, and earned NSCA-CSCS, USRowing Level 2, and USA-Weightlifting Level 1 certifications. He moved to Vermont in 2019, went full-time with consulting, coach/athlete-education workshops, and online coaching, and is a guest coach for the Craftsbury Outdoor Center sculling programs. Will is the author of the RowingStronger.com website and the book, “Rowing Stronger: Strength Training to Maximize Rowing Performance.”

Will’s CV (PDF)

Read More from Will at www.RowingStronger.com

Blake Gourley

M.S. Sports Performance Training, CFSC, FMS

With 12+ years of experience in competitive rowing as a coach and athlete, Blake understands what it takes to be a high-performing rower. He also understands what is needed when roadbloacks get in your way. As a Division I recruit Blake suffered a career ending back injury in his first year at UC Berkeley. He turned his injury and experience into a passion for coaching and helping other rowers avoid the same, all-too-common fate. Blake was the Performance Director and coach of the junior men’s team at Los Gatos Rowing Club for nine years, while also serving for two years as the strength coach for the Santa Clara University men’s rowing program. He’s completed internships at Stanford University and Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, and earned his M.S. in Sports Performance Training, while also collecting nearly a dozen additional certifications in strength training and movement evaluation. In 2018, Blake turned his attention fully to private training and rowing coach/athlete-education, including his new book series, “The Movement of Rowing.”

Blake’s CV (PDF)

Read More from Blake at www.RowingStrength.com

Joe DeLeo

MS New Media Management, BBA Sport, Event & Hospitality Management, NSCA-CSCS

Joe is a lifelong rower who has been involved with the sport since age 12. Joe was a varsity oarsman at The George Washington University, and was named team MVP in his senior year. He then spent the next three years as the graduate assistant coach for Syracuse Men’s Rowing under Head Coach Dave Reischman. Joe launched his business, LEO Training in 2014. Since then, Joe has consulted with junior, collegiate, masters, and national team rowing programs, as well as interviewed hundreds of rowers, rowing coaches, and strength coaches through his podcast, “LEO Training.” 

Joe moved to the Kansas City area in 2017 to be the strength and conditioning specialist for Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he works alongside physical therapists to provide continuous sports performance and rehabilitation services to athletes. In 2018, Joe was named Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Portuguesa de Remo. Joe assists with the physical development of the Portuguese National Team program via in-person instruction and remote programming for athletes at the U19, U23, and Senior levels.

Joe’s CV (PDF)

Read More from Joe at www.LeoTraining.io

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