Brown Leaps at Chance to Coach with Crew Club
by Nadia Klincewicz
This fall College of Charleston admissions counselor, Seaton Brown, agreed with enthusiasm to take the part as the new Novice Club Crew coach. Brown graduated from The College in 2009 with a bachelors in Business Administration and Hospitality & Tourism Management. Not only was he part of the rowing community while he was here at the CofC, but also a Charleston 40 campus tour guide, a founder of the fraternity Fiji, and even student body president. In 2010 Brown took the position as a full-time admissions counselor. His rowing experience dates back to his high school days where he started as a coxswain for the men and women’s 8 boats. After being whipped into top rowing shape by the tidal creeks and rivers near his high school, Frederica Academy, he decided to take a rowing class as a freshman at the CofC expecting to receive an “Easy-A.” It was after this class that Seaton Brown decided to get back involved with crew, but this time at the collegiate level.
We were able to get a few words with Seaton Brown regarding his new position as Coach at The College:
What do you hope to get out of this experience?
Crew was an awesome experience for me as an undergrad, so I hope to create an environment so that students have just as great an experience. Coaching is a unique position where in addition to working hard and managing a team, you have to provide the right amount of motivation to keep the team interested. This will certainly be a learning experience for me, and I can’t wait for the upcoming seasons.
What do you hope your rowers get out of this experience?
When I rowed for the CofC, there was definitely a feeling of family. I hope that through their practices and races, the crew sees themselves as more than just rowers on a team, but as a family.
What are you looking forward to most?
I’m really looking forward to being back on the water. There is nothing like being out on the Ashley in the early morning when the water is still and glassy, the crew is in sync dropping their oars in and out of the water, dolphins are chasing the shell down the river, and the sun is rising over Charleston Harbor. That experience you can’t find at any other school.
Any words to aspiring crew members?
If you’re looking for an incredible workout and the opportunity to make great friends, rowing is the sport for you. But, if you’re not willing to work hard, this sport isn’t for you.