Our Coaching Team
Sam started at Molesey as an athlete in 2015, and in his time as an athlete won the Thames Challenge Cup, The Wyfold Challenge Cup and GB Trials. Since he has stopped rowing he has joined the coaching team to help build the club group up.
Alongside his rowing and coaching of Molesey, Sam also heads up the University of Surrey Rowing Programme, which under his guidance has gone from strength to strength. Highlights include winning over 30 BUCS medals in the past 4 seasons, 3 consecutive Henley Women’s Regatta wins, 2 consecutive Head of the River Pennants.
In his time with Molesey as a coach, Sam has helped rejuvenate the ‘BK’ club squad, and has helped coach to back to back Thames Cup finals, resulting in a win at this year’s Henley Royal Regatta.
In his time coaching Sam has been the recipient of the UK Coaching Young Coach of the Year award and is the current British Rowing Coach of the year.
Sam, has now turned his attention to building up the women’s programme, in which we as a club have ambitious targets over the next few seasons.
Head Junior Coach
Helen Taylor rejoins Molesey from coaching the 1st VIII at Hampton School, having previously led the MBC Junior Programme from 2014-2018. Prior to MBC she worked for British Rowing, coaching in their Regional Development and England Talent Pathway Programmes. During her coaching career she has developed many crews and individuals including multiple National medallists, Henley Royal Regatta finalists and numerous GB Junior vests, most notably 3 Junior World Champions. Many athletes have since gone on to compete at university and gain further domestic and international success including several of the current MBC Senior Squad members. She is regularly involved within the GB Junior process and has coached crews Internationally at the Coupe de la Jeunesse, Junior World Championships and the Youth Olympic Games.
Helen has a MChem Chemistry from the University of Oxford and a PGDip in Sports Biomechanics from Brunel University.
In 2009, Helen became the first female to row land to land across the Indian Ocean from Australia to Mauritius