SPRINGFIELD – In a move to support growth, outreach, and overall program quality, the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club (PVRC) has hired Scott Branscomb as Head Coach. Starting full-time in November, Coach Branscomb, who speaks Spanish and English, will work with PVRC Executive Director Ben Quick and organization leadership to continue PVRC’s post-pandemic recovery.
Branscomb rowed competitively for the University of Massachusetts, where he graduated with dual degrees in Spanish and Comparative Literature before earning a Master’s Degree in Teaching from the University of New Hampshire. In his fourteen years of rowing experience, Coach Branscomb has served community and club programs in a variety of roles. He worked the last four years in Connecticut as Director and Head Coach of Middle School and Development Programs for Greenwich Crew. Among his achievements there, Coach Branscomb operated an outreach program for students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Greenwich Public Schools.
“My rowing and coaching experience has reinforced the importance of building a team from which people can derive personal friendships, joy, and meaning,” says Branscomb. ”I try to frame my actions and decisions through the lens of, ‘What will make the community better?’”
At the Pioneer Valley Riverfront Club, Coach Branscomb returns to the waters of the Connecticut River where he first rowed and to his roots in the nonprofit world where he feels at home. “There are programs that want to win and those that want to increase accessibility. I envision PVRC as an organization that can achieve both,” Branscomb said.
“Scott is a great fit for our rowers, our mission, and our community on many levels, and we are excited to work with him to bring PVRC back to its pre-pandemic condition,” shares PVRC Executive Director Ben Quick.
Scott, his wife Anna Yamamoto, and dog Junior, are relocating to Massachusetts from Connecticut. Yamamoto has been hired as an Assistant Coach for Holy Cross Women’s Rowing in Worcester, MA.
PVRC welcomes adults of all ages and youth rowers in Middle School and above to learn, participate, and grow with healthy exercise connected to the sports of rowing and dragon boating. Year-round programs occur at the historic Rockrimmon Boathouse in Springfield’s North End. More information can be found at www.pvriverfront.org.