Coaching Staff


Henry Bailhache-Webb

Head Coach


Now in his 10th year with the club and 8th year as head coach, Henry Bailhache-Webb has continued to take BROOKES|Rowing from strength to strength. After retiring from rowing in 2006, he joined the coaching staff at Brookes as the Freshers’ Coach, moving to Assistant Coach in 2007, and finally to Head Coach in 2009. Since taking the role, Brookes crews at HRR have won 8 events, including the Visitors, the Prince of Wales, the Prince Albert and twice the Temple Challenge Cup.
Bailhache-Webb rowed at Junior and U23 level for GB, as well as the Senior World Championships in 2005, following his Brookes student days winning the Visitors Challenge Cup at Henley Royal Regatta in 2004. He has coached internationally with the British U23 team seven times – with 3 Bronze medals in the M8+, Silver in the LM4- and Gold in the M2-.

Contact Details:

headcoach@brookesrowing.org.uk

07500 780650 



Allan French

Women’s Coach


Allan French is now in his 5th year coaching at BROOKES|Rowing, having started as Freshers’ and Women’s senior coach in 2012, after rowing as a post-grad for Brookes from 2006-09.
Allan’s development of the women’s program saw them attain GB High Performance Program status and, under his guidance, have since won Senior 8’s at WHR, and become British and European University champions in the W8+ for the first time in club history, with the strongest squad to date.
In the 2016 summer, Allan coached the GB FISU W4- to a bronze medal at the FISU World University Championships.

Contact Details:

allanjohnfrench@hotmail.com

07966 873688



Rory Copus

Assistant Coach


Rory Copus enters his second season with BROOKES|Rowing as Assistant Coach at the foundation level, as well as mentoring OBUBC’s coxes as Coxing Coach. Coming from 5 successful years with top Oxford colleges – amidst other engagements – while balancing his studies at Brookes, Copus has a proven track record of individual athlete development and big-picture coaching.
Copus graduated from Brookes in 2015, following a successful university career culminating in 4 British University gold medals, and winning the Temple Challenge Cup at HRR in 2014. He has coxed GB at Junior and U23 level, and is two-time World University champion in the M8+.



Richard Spratley

Director Of Rowing


Richard Spratley has been involved with BROOKES|Rowing for over 25 years – from becoming the Head Coach in 1991, and guiding the progression of Oxford Polytechnic Boat Club, to seeing rowers he developed go on to achieve Henley wins, GB U23 representation and Olympic medals.
Over the years, he has instilled a culture of encouragement and loyalty amongst the students at the club – many of whom are now international seniors – who still return to represent BROOKES|Rowing at major competitions. His protégés now extend throughout the country’s rowing clubs, and notably as High Performance coaches in their own right at major British Rowing programs.

Contact Details:

director@brookesrowing.org.uk

07836 235020