Chris Flynn

Head Coach of the Norcal 8th Grade Development Program

Chris returns to Norcal after a brief hiatus as Head Coach of the 8th Grade Development Program, a program specifically focused on training development and sculling for younger athletes.  In addition to his work at Norcal, Chris has held previous coaching roles at Woodbridge High School, Hylton High School, Prince William Rowing Association, Community Rowing Inc., and Santa Clara University.

Sculling has been a lifelong passion for Chris and he is excited to introduce this new program to Norcal.  As an athlete, Chris brings over 30 years of successful competitive training and racing experience to the athletes he coaches at Norcal.  Chris’ rowing achievements are too numerous to catalog here, however, some of his more memorable experiences include medaling at the Australian University Games and on four occasions medaling at USRowing Club Championship regattas.

Chris began sweep rowing and sculling in the late-80s as a junior with Woodbridge High School and the Occoquan Boat Club (USRowing Sculling Camp at the time) and continued on to row with George Mason University and The University of Melbourne Boat Club while attending graduate school.  Upon returning to the U.S., Chris moved to Boston to train as a lightweight at a development camp at Riverside Boat Club but eventually settled into a newly forming rowing community with Community Rowing Inc. (CRI). Over time with friends and growing leadership responsibilities within the Boston rowing community Chris moved on to join Cambridge Boat Club and the Union Boat Club, where he continues to maintain memberships.

As a volunteer within the Boston rowing community, Chris has been a Club Captain at CRI and Cambridge Boat Club. He has also been the Regatta Director for the CRI Headless Halloween Regatta and the CBC Invitational Regatta.  Additionally, he has volunteered extensively with the Head of the Charles Regatta and has been Co-Chair of the Timing Committee (responsible or all race timing) for two years.

Outside of rowing Chris worked for a number of years as an institutional investment manager with State Street Global Advisors and later as a private wealth manager with Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management.  In 2013 Chris relocated to the San Francisco Bay area with his family and has volunteered extensively within the Palo Alto educational community. Chris is currently serving on the Board of Directors for Palo Alto Partners in Education and is responsible for fundraising and Leadership Circle giving to Palo Alto PiE.