The Riverside Boat Club High Performance Group (RBC HPG) is a year-round training opportunity for athletes aiming to represent their country in international competition.

For over ten years, RBC HPG has built a strong tradition of producing athletes who have gone on to represent their country at the World Rowing Championships, Pan American Games, and Olympic Games.

Riverside offers each athlete the opportunity to train amongst a group of elite athletes and experienced coaches. Comprised of lightweight and heavyweight men and women, the RBC HPG focuses on development in small boats, such as singles (one-person boats), doubles and pairs (two-person boats), and quads (four-person boats), as they provide the best platform for individual athletes to achieve excellence at the highest level of competition.


Our Standards

HPG athletes are expected to be independent and responsible representatives of the club at all times. Initial acceptance and continued participation in the HPG are based on a high level of day-to-day performance and commitment. Athletes are evaluated during on-the water time trials in singles or pairs, ergometer testing, and regatta results throughout the year.

Interested athletes should have ergometer scores within range of the following standards:

HW Men    
LW Men    
HW Women    
LW Women    

6:10    19:50
6:25    20:30
7:05    22:30
7:25    23:30

to join

Connect with the head coach and fill out the official Riverside Membership application.


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Mark Grinberg  

Mark began rowing at Brandeis University and has
since been an active juniors' coach and was awarded the 2014 US Rowing Junior Coach of the Year. In 2017, he founded the West Cambridge Rowing for junior scullers and has coached athletes to the Junior World Championships and to the podium at the US Rowing Youth National Championships. He is currently the Boys Varsity
Co-Head Coach at Boston Latin School. 

About our coaches


Judith Vogel
A 2009 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she joined the coaching staff at Riverside in 2010. She worked alongside Bruce Smith to prepare six members of the Iraq National Team for the 2010 Asian Games. The following summer, she and Bob Gillette coached the lightweight men’s pair to the 2011 Under-23 World Rowing Championships (9th) in Amsterdam. She spent the summer of 2012 at Vesper Boat Club, where she served as the head coach of the U23 Lightweight Men.

Judith coached the USA lightweight women’s quad to a 6th place finish at the 2015 World Championships. The boat was comprised entirely of Riverside athletes, three of whom made their international debut that year.


Tom Keister
A 1994 Bates College graduate, Tom was a member of the U.S. National Team at the 2000 World Rowing Championships in Croatia in the lightweight men’s pair.  In 1996, Tom joined Riverside Boat Club and has been involved with the High Performance Group since its inception in 2002.  Tom became a coach for the HPG in 2005 and coached the lightweight men’s quad at the 2005 World Rowing Championships in Gifu, Japan.

HPG athletes have been tremendously successful, with two athletes winning Olympic medals in the women’s quad and eight at the 2012 London Games. All in all, Tom’s athletes have won four lightweight medals at World Championships and five openweight medals. Most recently, three of the four Riverside HPG athletes in the USA lightweight women’s quad made their international debut at the 2015 World Championships, finishing 6th overall.


Liane Malcos Keister
Liane began rowing at age 15 for Groton School, where she won the United Kingdom’s Women’s Royal Henley Regatta in 1994 and the high school national championships in 1995.  A 2000 Brown University graduate, Liane won the NCAA National Championships in 1999 and 2000.  As a member of the U.S. National Team, Liane won a bronze medal in the four at the 1998 U23 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.

In 2002, Liane joined Riverside and the HPG.  After a successful season with the HPG, Liane became a six-time member of the U.S. National Team from 2003-2008.  She won a gold medal at the 2003 World Championships in Milan, Italy, and was a member of the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Teams as an alternate for the eight and sculling events.  Since returning to Riverside in 2008, Liane has been an assistant coach with the HPG.