*Spencer West in the 2014 Head of the Charles (top row, second from left)

Laker Navy Welcomes Back Spencer West

The Laker Navy welcomes back a familiar face with the return of Spencer West. Spencer, a recent graduate of GVSU, joins the staff of the club as an assistant coach.

Like all Laker rowers, Spencer brings tenacity and a hard work ethic. An accomplished athlete, he also served as a team captain and team secretary. Head coach John Bancheri had this to say about Spencer:

“‘Back to Where It all Began’ is a great song by the Allman Brothers Band. For Spencer he is indeed coming back to where he started his collegiate rowing career. Coming in to GV as a small guy, while working his way up to stroke seat; as well as captaining the team speaks volumes to his energy, guts, determination and persistence. Those qualities, as well as his executive board experience in the program make him uniquely qualified to coach a dynamic program like the GVSU Rowing Club. I look forward to his input and assisting him as he works with our varsity women’s team in 2016-2017.”

Welcome Home Spencer.






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