Linda Iqbal, Head Coach
Linda began rowing in her junior year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and earned a seat in the varsity 8+ the following year. Her first coaching experience was while a medical student at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine and from that time on she was hooked. After completing her medical training she was fortunate enough to be able to arrange her professional life to accommodate her real love. Although she has coached all ages and skill levels, for more than a decade with the St. Louis Rowing Club and more recently for the Shipley School and Philadelphia City Rowing, she enjoys coaching juniors the most. Her greatest reward in coaching high school athletes is the opportunity to see the personal development that occurs as a result of participating in rowing – the mental toughness, responsibility, perseverance, positive mental attitude, ability to work as part of a team, respect for others and self-confidence - that these kids develop. Her goal is to help each athlete reach his or her full potential. Her varsity teams have medaled at the Head of the Schuylkill, advanced to finals at Youth Nationals and medaled at Scholastic Nationals. The entire Iqbal family rows and one of Linda’s favorite activities is going out in the family 4X.
Ahsan Iqbal, Varsity Coach
Ahsan Iqbal has been coaching Junior, Masters and National Team crews over the past 35 years. He started rowing as a Freshman at MIT and rowed all four years and earned his varsity letter. Those four years saw some of the most successful lightweight crews at MIT with wins over Harvard, Cornell, Columbia, Rutgers, Coast Guard and Dartmouth. He started Washington University’s competitive program and later started the Junior Program at St. Louis Rowing Club and was the Head Coach. By the time he moved to Philadelphia, this had grown to be in the top 10 junior programs in the country with medals at Youth Nationals, Club Nationals and Canadian Henley. His Varsity Women won the prestigious Head of the Schuylkill three years in a row. Ahsan coached Masters crews at Fairmount Rowing Association in Philadelphia as well as Shipley School. Both those crews were on the medal stands at Masters Nationals and Scholastic Championships respectively. He also coached the Pakistan Rowing Team at the South Asian Games in Sri Lanka and earned the green blazer. His crews won six silver medals. Ahsan was the Ugandan Olympic Rowing Coach accompanying Kathleen to the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. He is keenly interested in scientifically training crews to their maximum potential both psychologically and physiologically.
Kathleen Noble, Asst. Coach
Kathleen is an athlete on the Ugandan National Rowing Team. She has competed in the 2016 U23 World Championships and Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as a single sculler. Kathleen started rowing in 2014 when she walked on to the Princeton Lightweight Women's Crew. She moved to Utah in 2018 to pursue her dream of working with teens in the desert as a wilderness therapy field instructor, which she did for a wonderful 9 months until visa requirements forced her to get a more scientific job. Kathleen was graciously adopted by Utah Crew in 2019 in the months leading up to the Olympic Qualifiers. After qualifying, she continued to train with Utah Crew until the Tokyo Olympic Games in July 2021. Since then, she has been coaching with Utah Crew and working with local rowing clubs back home in Uganda to repair equipment, organize rowing events, coach athletes and recruit new rowers. Outside of rowing, Kathleen is embracing the pioneer spirit of Utah and building a homestead with her husband in the West Desert as members of Utah OSR, Utah's first homesteading agricultural co-op.
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