Above: Club member and VIS Coach Bill Tait with his silver medal winning pair in London.
We have a fantastic team of coaches at Mercantile with years of experience at the elite level. In fact, Mercantile has more coaches than any club in Australia. This means that you will be guided to develop as an athlete, and perform at your best to ensure you are able to make the most of the representative opportunities that Rowing Victoria and Rowing Australia offer.
High Performance Squad
The high performance squad is made up of the Youth Program, the Under 23 Program, and the Senior A Program. There is a graded and periodised training programme for all squads and it is monitored with consistent and detailed sports science support and data analysis. This squad is for our members with national team aspirations, and membership brings with it an expectation of work ethic and commitment to performance and progression.
In addition, there are designated coaches for each squad meaning athletes are guaranteed consistent and highly experienced coaching.
Nick Mitchell is the Head Coach and will rotate through all programmes but places special interest in both Youth & Under 23 Programmes, looking to develop the next generation of Mercantile athletes.
David ‘Chipper’ Colvin returns to the role of Women’s Senior Squad Coach and the Women’s Lightweight Squad. He has coached the Victorian Queen’s Cup, for many years, up-to 2014 and their record 12th victory in a row! He has spent the last 3 seasons coaching with the Lightweight Men including coach of the Victorian Penrith Cup Crew.
David Pincus is the Under 23 and Senior Men’s Squad Coach. He has had extensive experience coaching and managing high performance crews, including services to the Victorian rowing team as a coach and administrator dating back more than 20 years.
Brigette Carlile, David Fraumano and Zac Smith are the Youth Program Coaches. Between them they have coached multiple Australian and State Teams and bring significant experience to the role of developing underage athletes to the highest level.
Nick Mitchell has a long history of involvement with Mercantile, as a rower and administrator. He joined the club in 2003 and was Vice-Captain from 2004-2006. Nick rowed in the Mercantile elite program for a number of years before becoming a professional cyclist in Europe.
Nick returns to Mercs after being Head Coach of Banks Rowing Club from 2015-2018. He was coach of the Victorian Penrith Cup crew in 2017 & 2018, has coached a number of athletes onto the Australian Team and brings to the role high performance experience in both rowing and cycling.
David ‘Chipper’ Colvin
SENIOR WOMEN’S COACH – BOTH OPEN AND LIGHTWEIGHT
David brings to Mercantile tremendous understanding and experience from his time as an elite coxswain, having coxed the Australian Men’s VIII at the 1992 Olympics, as well as numerous World Championship-winning crews in all classes of boats.
Over the last ten years, David has developed some of Australia’s best Under 23, lightweight and senior women rowers, including coaching the Victorian women’s VIII. As a result, David is one of the most highly regarded coaches in the country. His technical knowledge is second to none, and he is a constant sounding board for rowers and coaches alike.
UNDER 23 AND SENIOR MEN’S COACH
David is one of our most experienced coaches. He has previously enjoyed great success at Mercantile with many State, and National Championship wins. At this time he also coached the Interstate Youth 8 on 5 occasions before moving to school coaching in 1992. In recent years David has been coaching our Under 23 men’s squads with great success, taking our rowers into National and State teams. He has also led the Club’s participation at Henley Royal Regatta. David’s record of coaching success is remarkable.
David also brings a deep level of other experience in the sport having served on the Boards of Rowing Australia and Rowing Victoria and being one of the most knowledgeable people in the sport on rowing events and regatta programming. He is a life member of Rowing Victoria.
YOUTH & JUNIOR WOMEN’S COACH
Brigette comes to Mercantile with a huge amount of coaching experience, working in the sport for over 10 Years.
Brigette has a degree in Exercise and Sport Science with the major in Physiology. She is currently a Physical Education and Health Teacher, and the Coordinator of Coach and Rower Development at St Catherine’s School.
Brigette has run the Youth Women’s program at Mercantile for the last three years, elevating it the most competitive Youth Womens Programs in the country. Brigette has assisted numerous athletes to gain selection on both Victorian and Australian teams.
She has coached the Victorian Women’s Youth Eight at the Interstate Regatta for the last three years and has coached on the U/21 Australian Team 2017 & 2018.
David Fraumano and Zac Smith
YOUTH MEN’S COACHES
Dave Fraumano has returned to the Mercantile U21 Men’s Program for the 2018-2019 season. He has a 17 years coaching experience and a Master’s degree in Applied Science ‘Sports Coaching’ from the university of Queensland.
Dave first commenced coaching Mercantile athletes in 2003 after finishing his coxing with the Victorian Youth 8+. During his time he has coached countless School, Club and National Championship winning crews, as well as athletes on to Victorian as well as Underage and Senior Australian Rowing Teams. He was the Victorian Penrith Cup coach from 2012-2015 and has been a resident U23 coach in at the Australian Institute of Sport preparing lightweight men for U23 Worlds and World University Games and coached at the U23 World Championships. He has also coached internationally at School level in the USA, and Club level taking Mercantile crews to successful campaigns at the Head of the Charles in Boston, and Henley Royal Regatta in the UK.
As Head of Rowing at St Catherine’s School in Toorak since 2012, Dave has built one of the most successful programs Schoolgirl Rowing programs in the country. In his time, St Catherine’s School Senior 1st 8+ has featured in 4 out of 6 Head of the Schoolgirls A Finals, won the 2016 National Schoolgirl 8+ Championship and achieved silver in the same event in 2018 and boasts one of the most talented coaching line-ups on the river bank.
Dave enjoys the challenge of building programs, and working with individuals to get the best out of themselves whether they be coaches, athlete’s or support staff. He believes firmly in a fun, challenging and supportive environment for all who he works with, assisting develop people holistically over the long term. He is very much enjoying the opportunity to work with Zac Smith, who he has known, coached and respected since he was at School and believes to be one of the foremost upcoming talents in rowing coaching.