The history of rowing at Tabor dates back almost a century to 1919 when Tabor was one of the first American prep schools to formally establish a rowing program. In 1951, Tabor was one of the founding members of the New England Interscholastic Rowing Association, the league it continues to compete in today. Internationally, Tabor boasts a history that is matched by few American schoolboy crews. The school has won the prestigious Thames Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta in 1936, 1937, and 1939 and the Princess Elizabeth Cup in the 1965 regatta. Due in many respects to this rich history, Tabor enjoys success as one of the top rowing programs in New England.
The strength of the Tabor program rests with the athletes’ and coaches’ commitment to excellence - on and off of the water. The athletes know that winning does not come easily, and they work diligently throughout the season. Many of the best oarsmen commit a considerable amount of their own time prior to the season preparing and it is not uncommon to see them up before the sun training on the ergometers. The addition of Tabor’s new Crew Alumni Rowing Center, which houses the program’s ergs and state-of-the-art rowing tanks, allows for excellent technical as well as cardiovascular training sessions. Though winning is nice, it is not what is most important about rowing at Tabor or rowing in general. Rowing teaches important skills that help lead to success in life. It is a sport that rewards hard work and commitment, it prioritizes the team over the individual, and it helps athletes push their limits beyond what they thought was possible. Due to their high level of dedication, many Tabor rowers earn the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level.
If you would like any further information about the Tabor boys’ crew program, please contact Coach Washburn.
Noel Pardo came to Tabor Academy in 1995 and began coaching crew and football. He currently directs the Summer Program and teaches American Government. Prior to arriving at Tabor, he coached JV Girls’ Crew for two years. He rowed for four years at the College of the Holy Cross, with three years in the first varsity boat. During his time at Tabor, he has coached and directed the program at all levels and taken the girls first boat to Women’s Henley in 1997 (inaugural trip) and 1999 and the boys first boat to the Royal Henley Regatta in 2006. Noel believes in developing each athlete's personal best.
Frank Townsend joined the Tabor faculty in 2011, after teaching Latin at both the The Williston Northampton School and School Year Abroad - Italy. Frank rowed for four year at the University of Rochester. He has been coaching JV crew and JV wrestling throughout his teaching career.
Wiley graduated from Tabor in 1968. He returned to teach Mechanical Drawing and Naval Science from 1973-1984. After a break from teaching he returned to Tabor in 1996 as an Associate Director of Admissions. In the spring season he coaches crew. He and his wife Michele are house parents in Bushnell House where they live with their three children, two of whom are graduates.
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