Peter Figgins, RSRC Head Coach
Peter was introduced to rowing in 1989 by his father, a former collegiate oarsman at Queens University in Belfast who was one of the founders of the Three Rivers Rowing Association (TRRA) in Pittsburgh, PA.
After rowing recreationally for five years, Peter joined the TRRA masters competitive program, and rowing quickly became one of the major passions in his life.
Peter became the TRRA Masters race coordinator in 1997. During his tenure, the club’s crews won plenty of hardware including five podiums at the Canadian Master Nationals in 1998 and four at the US Masters Nationals in 1999.
In 2000, Peter was drafted into the coaching ranks for his children’s high school rowing program and, over the next five years, his crew doubled in size and captured several medals including the Midwest Scholastic Championships and the CSSRA Championships at St. Catharine’s, Ontario. The juniors were also honored as the “Top of the Class” high school program at Three Rivers Rowing Association.
Peter relocated to Vermont with his wife Lori in 2005 and worked as Head Coach for the Men’s Crew at University of Vermont. Under his leadership, the team won the championship at the New England Fours Regatta in 2008 as well as three consecutive victories in the Men’s Varsity 4+. Since 2006, Peter has also served as a coach at the Craftsbury Sculling Center.
Peter was hired by Rio Salado Rowing Club in 2015, and relocated once again, this time to Tempe! Peter is married to Lori Bello and has three grown children, Erin, David, and Ryan, and two Labrador retrievers, Keeley and Beau.