Now in his 19th year with the club and 11th 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 Henley Royal Regatta have won 11 events, including the Visitors, the Prince of Wales, the Prince Albert, the Temple Cup 3 times in the last 5 years and the Ladies Plate back-to-back. His crews are also the current holders of the HORR and multiple other Heads races across the country. The 2017 season also saw Brookes crews come 1,2,3 at Ghent International Regatta and at Metropolitan Regatta.
Bailhache-Webb rowed for GB at Junior, U23 and at the Senior World Championships in 2005, following on from his Brookes student days that culminated in 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+, 2 Silver medals in the LM4- and Gold in the M2-.
Allan French is now in his 6th 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, and took the U23 LW4x to 5th place at the 2017 World Rowing U23 Championships.
Ben Murphy began at BROOKES|Rowing in 2012, having never been in a boat before. As part of the novice programme, he was fast tracked into the senior squad, and has been a strong member throughout his time as a student. Ben is a two-time European university champion in addition to winning Intermediate 8 gold at BUCS Regatta. He joined the coaching staff in September 2017.
Ben has been praised for this work ethic since starting at Brookes by both coaches and fellow athletes alike, and is the only athlete ever to win the Taurus prize twice. We are excited to see where Ben can take his next steps in this sport through this coaching role.