Canisius College rowing coach Joel Furtek has been elected to become the Vice President of Rowing at the West Side Rowing Club, with the term lasting through the end of 2015, the organization recently announced.
In this position, Furtek will head the coaching efforts of the club's various rowing programs from youth and junior rowers to senior programs, as well as overseeing summer camps.
"We are very pleased to announce that Joel was recently elected Vice President of Rowing at the West Side Rowing Club of Buffalo," said West Side Rowing Club President Richard Schaus. "As VP of Rowing, Joel will be responsible for overseeing the continued development of the competitive aspects of our rowing programs. His responsibilities will include oversight and direction of all of our coaches. Joel has an impressive rowing background. He brings a special array of talents, experience and enthusiasm to the position. Joel has been doing a great job building the Canisius College rowing program which has made great strides in a short period of time. West Side is proud to have Joel on our team and we look forward to all our competitive programs rowing even faster under Joel’s direction."
West Side Rowing Club has produced 17 Olympians in its over 100 years of existence as well as numerous competitors in the Pan-American Games and World Championships. Housed on the Black Rock Channel, the Griffs and West Side Rowing Club share the same home water.
"I am thrilled to be nominated and to accept the role of Vice President of Rowing at the West Side Rowing Club," Furtek said. "Over the next two years I will do my best with the rest of the Board and Officers to ensure the continued success of West Side's 100-year mission to develop the youth of Western New York."
Furtek is in his third year at the helm of the Canisius rowing program and led the Varsity Eight to be named MAAC Crew of the Year in 2013. Furtek previously coached at the University of Central Florida and North Carolina after graduating from Yale.
"I spent most of my collegiate career racing the fierce competitors who came out of West Side -- including US women's national team coach Tom Terhaar -- and I look forward to our young men and women enhancing their skills in the summer development camps at WSRC," Furtek said. "It's easy to envision both programs flourishing together on the Black Rock. On to Henley Gold!"