The Coaches

Senior Men’s Coach

Bob Douglas

One of the legends on the Itchen, Bob has been involved in the sport for over 45 years. He is Senior Coach at BTC Southampton. Over recent years he has additionally spent time coaching the Senior Men at SUBC. He is an ever-present during morning outings, Wednesday afternoons and weekends. He has taken numerous crews to championship victories at all levels including Senior Champ wins in the South Coast Championships over the past 10 years. He has also coached crews for Henley Royal Regatta. Bob's coaching qualifications vary from winning the Coach of the Year Award to taking courses in Sports Injuries and Core Stability (amongst others).

Senior Women’s Coach

Michael Beresford

Mike started coaching at SUBC in 1974, coaching the men's squad for 21 years before moving to the women's squad in 1995. Mike rowed internationally for 7 years in coxed and coxless fours as well as in eights. During these years he won a European silver medal, a Commonwealth gold medal and was placed 5th in the coxless fours in the 1960 Rome Olympics. He held Olympic and European records in the coxless fours and a Commonwealth Games record which stood for 28 years. He rowed at HRR over a period of 13 years, being finalist in the Thames Cup, Stewards Cup, the Goblets and Grand Challenge Cup, winning the Grand once, and the Stewards twice. He has rowed in the HORR nine times with 5 wins. During his time with SUBC he has been instrumental in helping many students to the full potential. A number of students both male and female have gone on to represent Great Britain rowing team in Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games from 1985 to the present day.

Novice Men’s Coach

Tom Russell

Tom is in his second spell of coaching for SUBC, having previously coached the senior men's squad prior to 2008. This coupled with his time spent as an SUBC rower while studying at the university means he has a vast knowledge on how to develop rowers and how to aid the running of the club. Tom is primarily involved in the coaching of the novice men's squad. By working closely with the Men's Vice Captain, he has helped develop large numbers of promising beginners into senior squad, increasing competition for seats in top boats, even within their first year of rowing. This is made all the more impressive by the fact that Tom fits all this in around a full time job working in Southampton, making all weekend and a large number of morning outings for the club.

Novice Women’s Coach

Oliver Davis

Currently a student at the university Oliver balances coaching and managing the Novice Women's squad around his studies. Working closely with Mike Beresford, some of Oliver's Novices have already made the transition into senior boats. The club largely depends on newcomers to the sport progressing through the ranks, strengthening it's squads as a whole, something Oliver is meticulous in his coaching of technique and rowing philosophy because of.