McLachlan gets Ireland coaching role


Rowing:The new Ireland lead coach will be Don McLachlan, a New Zealander who is at present head coach at Imperial College in London. He has coached crews in the very successful British system.

McLachlan (46) will take up his post at the end of April. He was welcomed into the system by Morten Espersen, the new Ireland high-performance director.

“Don comes to Irish rowing with an excellent track record as a coach at the highest level of Great British club rowing, and with the experience of coaching successful World Championship crews at senior and under-23 levels,”

Espersen said in a statement issued by Rowing Ireland. “I believe that he will provide excellent leadership to our high-performance coaching team and will work well with both elite athletes and key coaches in Irish rowing. His appointment will ensure that our international athletes will be provided with every opportunity to realise their full potential during his tenure.”

The appointment means that Rowing Ireland will now have New Zealanders in the posts of lead coach and chief executive. Hamish Adams began work as chief executive of the organisation yesterday.

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