At ULBC we are very fortunate to have an extensive coaching team, lead by UL Chief Coach Phil Gray. Our three professional coaches are supported three S&C (strength and conditioning) coaches. Physio support is also available. In addition coaching & support is provided by a volunteer network made up of highly successful alumni and friends of the club.

Phil Gray – Chief Coach

Phil Gray joined ULBC in 2011 and was appointed Chief Coach in 2015.  Previously he was the World Class Start coach at Bath University.  Gray has coached at six U23 World Championships, coaching the British Lightweight Women’s Quad to a bronze medal in 2013. In 2014 he coached Emily Criag to Gold in the LW 1X at the World University Rowing Championships. Gray was appointed by GB Rowing as the Lead Coach for the British Team for the 2016 World University Championships, and coached the GB M4- to Gold. In 2017 Gray coached the GB U23 W8+ and in 2018 the GB U23 M4+.

Hugo Gulliver – Senior Coach

Hugo Gulliver joined ULBC in 2015, from a position as an assistant coach to the Harvard University Heavyweight Men’s Rowing Programme. Prior to that he coached at Latymer Upper School guiding a girls quad to win the Diamond Jubilee Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. Gulliver has coached at both the U23 World Championships and World University Championships, and with the Great Britain Junior team. He is also a graduate of the Institute For Rowing Leadership, in the USA. In 2017 Gulliver coached the GB U23 W4- and in 2019 the GB U23 M4+, winning a Silver Medal in Sarasota, Florida. In 2018 GB Rowing appointed him Lead Coach for the World University Championship. Gulliver directly coached both the GB M8+ and M4- to Gold.

Gen Bailhache-Graham – Assistant Coach

Bailhache-Graham joined ULBC from Sir William Borlase Grammar School in 2018, where she had lead the women’s programme to medals at the National Schools’ Regatta and athletes into the British junior teams. With a strong S&C background, she leads UL’s Strength & Conditioning programme.

Strength & Conditioning Coaches – Matt Cooper, Elliot Moon

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There are also a number of alumni and volunteers who coach and help with facilities & logistics, and without them the University Of London Boat Club would not be the successful place it is today.

Rusty Williams (Alumnus) – Coach

Having previously been Chief Coach of the club Rusty is in a unique position to help guide the club.  Rusty has been behind every UL success since he won the Grand for ULBC in 1963, as well as coaching numerous international crews. His coaching is invaluable in pushing the athletes to be the best they can be.  A British Rowing Medal of Honour recipient for services to rowing shows how much Rusty is valued to the rowing community.  He also runs the annual wine tasting.

Brian Young – Coach

Brian has been coaching at ULBC since 2009 and was Chief Coach between 2011 and 2015. He’s coached at the last seven U23 World Championships guiding the GB Lightweight Men’s Pair to a Silver medal in 2013, the GB Heavyweight Men’s Four to Silver in 2015 and 2016 and the GB Men’s Eight to Bronze in 2017.  He is a former international lightweight having raced for Ireland at a number of U23 and Senior World Championships.

Christopher George (Alumnus) – Coach

Chris has been coaching since the mid to late sixties where he began in Dublin.  His experience includes coaching at the Moscow Olympics and various coaching roles at Thames RC to name but a few.  He started coaching at ULBC in 2009 and in 2013 coached the victorious Wyfold Challenge Cup crew for Tyrian.

David Townsend (Alumnus) – Coach

David steadies the ship at ULBC from his position as UL Boat House Director.  The strong position the club is currently in is largely down to David since he got involved in the club in 2008.  Having won a Bronze medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics David knows what it takes to reach the top and looks to pass this onto all our rowers.

Uncle Stef – Executive Boatman

Stef spends his days working at Janousek Racing but has volunteered his time to keeping the ULBC fleet together for longer than most can remember.

David Sprague (Alumnus) – Coach + Trailer Technician