Hudson River Rowing, NY
Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2008
Pick: Editors' Picks
About: You could say Andy Mauer, who serves as boys' crew coach for both the Hudson River Rowing Association and Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie, won this award twice over. In May, Mauer, an IBM software engineer by day, led Lourdes to an appearance in the national scholastic championships in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In July, he saw his 16-and-under four-oarsmen HRRA boat capture a silver medal at the prestigious U.S. Rowing Club National Championship -- and the 18-and-under, eight-oarsmen boat miss qualifying for the finals by mere tenths of a second. Mauer humbly credits his rowers for the teams' triumphs -- I'm just there to provide the push in case they want to go to the mall or something, he says. But there's no denying Mauer built the foundation for their success: as founding member and president of the HRRA, he helped to conceive and oversee the establishment of the organization's community boathouse, which provides HRRA members, high school rowers, and other local crew-bies a facility to train in year-round. So what's left to accomplish? In the long term, Mauer hopes to see a Hudson-trained rower claim the biggest prize of all: Ultimately, the goal would be to fly that Olympic flag, he says. Given how far rowing has come around here since Mauer moved to the area in 1997, we wouldn't bet against a shiny medal or two in the Valley's future.
Best of Hudson Valley History:
2008 Editors' Pick — Best Coach