Melbourne University Boat Club (MUBC) is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Rick van Hooydonk as Head Coach.
MUBC searched globally to find a Head Coach to lead its rowing programs and MUBC President, Peter Antonie, said: “We identified Rick as being strongly aligned to our core philosophies and he will now work alongside our new General Manager Prue Ottey, our existing coaches and members to deliver on our strategy.”
Rick has held a number of high profile previous roles including being a crew coach for Dutch National Rowing Team from 1988 to 2008, National Team coach of Hong Kong and also a coach at Sydney University Boat Club. As an engineer, Rick has also had a successful career in a range of industries from shipping to property and business management.
Rick came to rowing at Delft University in Holland. Holland’s successful rowing program is founded on the self-direction of student rowing. MUBC members will know this well, as many have had to race hard both in defeat, and sometimes in success, against Dutch teams. They punch well above their weight and row intelligently and with a strong will to win.
New Head Coach Rick said: “I look forward to the challenge of continuing MUBC as one of the great Australian and World clubs.”
MUBC welcomes Rick to the club and we wish him every success in his new role as Head Coach. We encourage all members and the rowing community to warmly welcome Rick, and his partner Micha, to Melbourne.