Cory Sanderson

  • Executive Director

  • Junior Men's Head Coach

  • Masters Program Director and Competitive Head Coach

What are three unique details about yourself?

  • Until moving to Nashville I had only ever lived in school dorms

  • The first time I went surfing it was 30 degrees and snowing.

  • I love to cook and bake, thanks to my mother and grandparents.

What brought you to Nashville?

In March 2014 I came down to visit Eric and see what he had been telling me so much about for the previous months. Nashville was a chance to join a program and family that has great potential. I wanted to take the skills I had gained as a teacher and coach and focus them all towards rowing and the youth of Nashville. The city and greater community has an exciting buzz of growth and potential.

Why do you choose to coach?

For as long as I can remember, athletics have been a huge part of my life, due to my father being an Athletic Director. The decision to start rowing in high school, and the coaches that pushed me to excel on the water and in the classroom ultimately led me to rowing in college and to where I am now. Being an educator, whether it is in the classroom or on the water, is an opportunity to bring out the best in those around me, like so many did for me before.

What three pieces of media (books, movies, etc) outside of rowing would you suggest to athletes looking to improve themselves? (and why?)


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Anne Campbell

  • Juniors Women's Assistant Coach

What are three unique details about yourself?

  • I also work in an H. pylori lab at Vanderbilt

  • In recent years I’ve discovered that I like gardening and building

  • I’m Batman

What brought you to Nashville?

I visited my sister in Nashville in 2011 and decided that this was the city I wanted to move to after college, so moved here in 2012 with a job at Vanderbilt.

Why do you choose to coach?

Rowing is a sport that I fell in love with almost immediately, but I didn’t start my rowing career until college. I enjoy being part of a community that offers the opportunity to learn the sport of rowing at a young age.

What three pieces of media (books, movies, etc) outside of rowing would you suggest to athletes looking to improve themselves? (and why?)

  • The Harry Potter Series (teamwork- working toward common goals, friendship- putting others before yourself)

  • Star Wars Series (choosing the right thing over the easy thing, the idea of pushing yourself past your limits)


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Emily Caflisch

  • Juniors Program Director

  • Junior Women's Head Coach

What are three unique details about yourself?

  • I recently picked up fishing but it has quickly become one of my favorite hobbies

  • I love cheese with a passion, being from Wisconsin and all

  • I never had chicken pox as a child, or ever

What brought you to Nashville?

Rowing! I have been involved with the sport for nearly half my life and love it as much today as I did when I strolled down to my first high school practice. After coaching at a variety of places and levels, the program here felt like a great fit to coach incredibly motivated athletes with a track record of success but also a wonderfully friendly and relaxed rowing community to be a part of. The recent growth of the junior program and club at large is exciting and promising. I am thrilled to contribute to Nashville Rowing's future success. 

Why do you choose to coach?

Coaching rowing affords me the opportunity to use athletics as a tool for teaching self growth, determination and passion; three attributes I find important when battling the natural ups and downs of life. Rowers undoubtedly exit their sport with a huge capacity to work, love, live and tackle whatever they so choose. I want the athletes I work with to not only accomplish rowing goals they never thought possible but also enter the world armed with gumption, poise, confidence and an unstoppable nature. Also, I just love being near the water and not having to wear dress pants to work, so coaching rowing seemed like a good fit. 

What three pieces of media (books, movies, etc) outside of rowing would you suggest to athletes looking to improve themselves? (and why?)

  • Watch Miracle or at least know the story! It is truly inspirational and so cool. It will prove that relaying on the strength of a team instead of individual talent along with having belief and the willingness to sacrifice can result in one of the greatest sports moments of all time. It is the ultimate underdog story!

  • Read the Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo. The book highlights the importance of patience, belief and trust in the process of life, knowing that everything often happens for a reason and many times we won't be able to understand or see that until after the fact. So cherish the peaks when you find them but keep your head up in the valleys as it will make you a stronger and tougher individual for things to come and maybe send you towards the right peak to stand on!

  • I think the poem "Self Pity" by D H Lawrence both fascinating and true.

I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself. 
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.



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Maddy Quinby

  • Juniors Development Coach

What are three unique details about yourself?

  • I have 8 younger siblings

  • I’m a Nashville Rowing Alumni and was team captain my senior year

  • I’m studying Photography and Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University

What brought you to Nashville?

I’ve lived in the Nashville area since I was in third grade, but I started rowing with Nashville Rowing my freshman year of high school. The team had just started. I had never really played sports but I figured it was a new team and a unique sport so the odds were that nobody else would know how to do it either and I wouldn’t be alone. I started December 2013 and instantly fell in love with the team dynamic and sport. I’ve been involved with the team ever since! 

Why do you choose to coach?

I choose to coach so that I can pass down the love I have for rowing and the character values it emphasizes (commitment, team work, self-improvement). I want to give kids the same opportunities that I was given that so positively impacted my life. It also gives me a way to stay involved with the sport I love even if I’m not competing anymore.

What three pieces of media (books, movies, etc) outside of rowing would you suggest to athletes looking to improve themselves? (and why?)

  • McFarland, USA – Success doesn’t rely on your equipment or circumstance but whether or not you persevere and decide to make the most of what you have.

  • Personal Gold: An Underdog Story – The importance of being a 24 hour athlete.

  • The Red Rose Crew – Stand up for what you believe in, fight for what is right, and don’t let anyone deter you from something you’re passionate about. (It’s also an important history of women in sports, especially rowing, and Title IX)


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Gracie Larkin

  • Juniors Development Coach

What are three unique details about yourself?

  • I LOVE ice cream.

  • I am a volleyball state champion

  • I am a full-time student at Lipscomb University and I also have a part-time job at Nashville Fabrication. 

What brought you to Nashville?

My dad found the sport of rowing by watching the Olympics. He was watching the races and told my mom that this is a sport that my sister Shelby, a current Division I rower at Oregon State University, and I needed to try. So my mom googled "rowing in Nashville" and Nashville Juniors Rowing popped up, we came to a developmental practice and never stopped coming back to my favorite body of water, Percy Priest Lake. 

Why do you choose to coach?

I choose to coach for three reasons. First, I want athletes to feel what it is like to get out of the boat or step away from the erg and know that what they were able to accomplish in a practice is something that a lot of people aren't able to do, physically or mentally. Second, I want athletes to experience the community and competition that this sport can afford them. And third, I love to see the development and love of the sport grow within each and every one of our athletes as they become more gritty, determined, and confident human beings. 

What three pieces of media (books, movies, etc) outside of rowing would you suggest to athletes looking to improve themselves? (and why?)

  • The book Bluefishing by Steve Sims

  • The movie The Greatest Showman [never give up on your dreams, don't take others for granted, face adversity] 

  • Quote by Friedrich Nietzche [voiced by my dad] "That which does not kill us, makes us stronger."