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Vesper Boat Club names Yohann Rigogne head coach of its High Performance Program
Vesper Boat Club is thrilled to announce that Yohann Rigogne has been named head coach of the High Performance Program. Rigogne has been a member of the Vesper Boat Club since 2010 — first as an athlete, and then as an assistant coach.
“Yo is an amazing athlete, coach, father, and contributor to our Vesper family. Our athletes are thrilled to have him. Yohann's contagious enthusiasm, supportive nature, individualized training plans, and keen eye for technique will help each athlete reach their highest potential,” said Vesper Boat Club president Melissa Hilton.
This is Rigogne’s fourth season coaching at Vesper, since his retirement from competitive rowing.
Rigogne represented the United States in the men’s single at the 2014 world rowing championships. He was the US single sculler the following year at the Pan American Games. In 2016, Rigogne and pair partner Tom Peszek narrowly missed an Olympic appearance in the pair, finishing second at U.S. trials. Later the same year, the two raced at the world championships in the pair with coxswain where they finished in fifth place. The following year, the two rowers were back together at the world championships in Sarasota, FL, in the men’s eight where they raced to a silver medal.
Rigogne moved to the other side of the megaphone in 2018, coaching Vesper’s Michelle Sechser to a fifth place finish in the lightweight women’s single sculls at the world championships. In 2019, Rigogne coached the United States women’s pair and women’s double at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. In 2021, Rigogne guided Vesper Boat Club athletes to a dominant win in the women’s pair, and also a very close second place in the lightweight women’s single sculls at the USRowing national championships.
“It means a lot to me to become the head coach at Vesper,” Rogogne said. “I've been a member of the club since 2010. As an athlete, this is the club that got me to the National Team for a few years. As an assistant coach, I learned a lot in the last couple years and now it almost feels normal to become the head coach.”
Working with a group of athletes focused on top performances domestically with an eye on international competition while enjoying rowing at the prestigious Philadelphia rowing institution, Rigogne is planning preparing athletes for competition at the next Olympics – Paris 2024.
“The current group is really fun and also really competitive. It will be good to see them growing as a team in the next few years and hopefully make the National Team one day,” Rigogne said. “The next three years will be focused on building athletes capable of racing in the Olympic Team, in Paris 2024. Step by step, going through World Championships every year.”
Saving Energy at the Club
We have been having some very high electricity bills lately, just experiencing our largest one ever in fact. We all appreciate having the club's AC while we use it, but we also have a number of very large "AC outlets" in the name of our boat bays and porch doors. 😁
In order to keep our energy usage as low as we can, please make certain to close all the club doors/garages after usage and ensure that any unneeded lights are also switched off whenever possible.
Every little bit helps!
House Committee - John Tierney
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