Guenter Beutter (Technical Director) was educated at Giessen University, majoring in sports science and psychology. He published research in lactic acid production, oxygen uptake and the use of magnesium supplements among high performance athletes.He began rowing at 16 for the Rudergesellschaft Wetzlar in Germany where many world champion and Olympic athletes trained. He competed with this club for 4 years in every type of boat at the German championships. From 1984-1997 he coached Wetzlar’s intermediate and elite rowers, earning many medals during his tenure, and gaining recognition as one of the most successful young club coaches in Germany.

In 1988 he was recruited for the German National Team. From 1989 – 1997 he coached both men and women in sculling and sweep boats, taking his athletes to five world championships and earning four gold and one silver medal. In 1997, he was appointed head coach of the women’s lightweight Quadruple Scull which medaled at all the important regattas in Europe and earned a gold medal at the world championships that year.

In addition to coaching, his responsibilities for the national team included athlete selection, preparation camps, cross training at high altitude, nutrition advice, lactic acid testing, and calculating and monitoring work-out plans (one of the few coaches in the world with this expertise). During his tenure, he worked with Professor Uli Hartmann, an internationally renowned sports physiologist who consults for high-performance athletes and monitors the German Olympic teams in all sports. Mr Beutter continues his association with Dr. Hartmann who lectures at GMS camps in Europe.

Mr. Beutter came to the U.S. in 1998 where he began as technical director of coaching and head sculling coach at Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, CT. He founded GMS Rowing Center in 2004. His master rowers have competed and medalled at US Masters Nationals and Masters World Championships. His junior rowers have competed and medalled at the U.S. Nationals and Canadian Henley regattas. They have been recruited by, and rowed for Harvard, Yale, Brown, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Georgetown and many other universities.

Mr. Beutter is also a consultant for various other rowing clubs including Henley Rowing Club in England, Piermont (NY), Willamette (OR), elite masters at Princeton and Yale Universities and other master rowers around the world. He maintains his associations in Germany as a technical advisor for the rowing website and consulting for Rudergesellschaft Wetzlar.

    Interview with GMS head coach GŁnter Beutter
  Linda Leaden (Development Coach) attended Western Connecticut State University majoring in science. She has been working with children for over 20 years in many different capacities.

She is a certified personal trainer and brings this knowledge to assist her rowers in developing their fitness. Linda is the head of our cadet/learn to row program at GMS. She has been coaching and has been an administrative assistant for GMS for 4 years. Linda starting rowing at GMS when the club came to New Milford, and fell in love with the sport. Coaching and instructing people on their well being and fitness is her true passion. She plans to continue her education in the coaching field. Linda currently coaches our adult learn to row and novice program, middle school and high school learn to row and novice program, and private lessons.

  Kathleen L’Hommedieu, educated at Norwalk Community College and University of Connecticut, Kathy has been involved in coaching and rowing for the past seven years. She assisted the former Romanian National Team coach in running the junior program at the Saugatuck Rowing Association in Westport CT. Kathy has also worked closely with James Mangan, founder of the Saugatuck Rowing Association.
  Leslie Krichko We are delighted that Leslie Krichko has agreed to help coach the Juniors with Linda starting this fall. Apart from being a parent of one of our rowers Leslie has previously coached in Portland, OR. She has a BS in Exercise Science from Portland State University and studied Nutrition on a full athletic scholarship at Univ. of Vermont. She was a member of the US Ski Team for 12 years representing the US as a cross-country skier at two Olympic Games, two World Cup Championships and numerous World Cup events. We are delighted she is joining our coaching team.

  Abby Connery started to row at GMS in 2005 and went on to be awarded a half scholarship to Dowling College competing in numerous regattas including Dad Vails (the largest collegiate regatta in the United States). During her time at GMS she came second at the US Rowing, Junior World Trials and won numerous medals in many regattas. She has been coaching at GMS during the summer vacations since 2008 and we are delighted she has joined our full time coaching staff. Her primary duty is coaching the Juniors and supporting Guenter and the coaching staff.