Jules P. Slim, Juniors Head Coach
Coach Slim undertook leadership of the Dallas Rowing Club Juniors program in September of 2007. His athletes have qualified for not only every US Rowing Youth Nationals regatta since he began coaching, but have qualified one or more boats in a grand final in each of those regattas, taking silver in the men's single in 2011, taking both 4th and 5th in the lightweight double in 2009, as well as 4th in the women‚Äôs single in 2008. No less than 13 boats have qualified for Youth Nationals competition, including 6 grand finalists, earning the DRC Juniors program a place of unique posterity in the 9-state Central Region.
Coach Slim's athletes stand as the defending 2011 Texas State Champions in the Men's Single, Men's Double, Women's Single (2 years consecutive), Women's Double, Women's Quad, and the Women‚Äôs Lightweight Double (4 years consecutive). They are the defending 9-state regional champions in the Men's Single, Men's Double, Women's Single, Women's Double (2 years consecutive), and the Women‚Äôs Lightweight Double (4 years consecutive).
The juniors have represented the Dallas Rowing Club internationally with one member representing the Swiss Junior National Team, another progressing to the semifinals at the esteemed Henley Royal Regatta in the UK, and recently as the strongest American junior men‚Äôs double at Canadian Henley semifinals, placing 11th overall against some 65 international crews. Nationally, the crew has competed at the Head of the Charles in Boston, MA, the highly competitive Club Nationals in Tennessee, and the US Rowing Youth National Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio, taking silver in men's single in 2011, gold in the lightweight girls double in 2007, and silver in the Women's Double in 2006.
Coach Slim‚Äôs ultimate goal has been consistently reinforced by a very high percentage of college recruitment and scholarships among graduating seniors, including both men and women. He is also a practicing civil trial lawyer, which is his full-time occupation in addition to his intensive coaching endeavor.
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Chip Bond, Juniors Assistant Coach
Chip has been an assistant coach with the Dallas Rowing Club since 2011 and is in his second year of coaching with the Juniors program.
He has spent his entire rowing career at the DRC where he learned to row from Coach Slim. His coaching focus with the juniors program is on the development of technique in novice rowers and on managing off-the-water strength and endurance training.
In addition to coaching, Chip also competes at the Masters level. He has raced with the Mens A Quad as well as in single and double sculls, medaling in the quad and single.
As a result of prior work in exercise physiology laboratories and his experience as a competitive distance runner, Chip has a deep familiarity with the physiological concepts that form the foundation of the DRC Juniors training regime and works closely with Coach Slim to maximize the competitive development of the athletes in the program.
Chip graduated from the University of Virginia where he earned degrees in Commerce and Biology and he is currently a consultant with Ernst & Young.
Brian Roberts, Juniors Assistant Coach
Brian Roberts has been with the Dallas Rowing Club since the spring of 2012. He came on as the primary sweep coach and worked with the Mens Pair. The pair was the first sweep boat the DRC ever entered at the USRowing Youth National Championship and they went on to take 7th place overall.
Brian began his rowing career as a high school sophomore at the Norwalk River Rowing Association in Norwalk, CT. He went on to row at the University of Michigan where he took home medals at the ACRA National Championship in the Freshman Eight, 2nd Varsity Eight, Varsity Double, and Varsity Pair. He currently competes at the Master‚Äôs level and has taken home gold in the Mens A Quad.
Brian‚Äôs coaching experience has also included Youth and Master‚Äôs rowing at the Norwalk River Rowing Association and at the Ann Arbor Rowing Club.