Rowing Ireland are delighted to announce Fran Keane as Operations Manager and Pathway Coordinator.
Fran originates from a strong Athlone rowing family with his Father and uncles all rowing for Athlone Boat club. Having started his rowing with Athlone Boat Club on the banks of the Shannon following the family tradition, Fran went on to spend a number of years rowing with both UCC and Cork Boat Club with a year rowing in Galway in between.
Having moved to Cork in 2002 Fran secured a job teaching in Presentation Brothers College in 2004 where he also had the role of Head Rowing Coach. Over the past 14 years in this job Fran has overseen the development of the schools rowing program to where it has nearly 100 boys participating in the sport at all levels on a yearly basis. In time he has coached a number of National Championship winning crews as well as preparing a number of his athletes for International selection.
From an International perspective Fran has coached successfully at all junior international levels since 2009 coaching at the Home Internationals, Coupe de la Jeunesse, Junior European Championships and more recently at the Junior World Championships.
In the past 3 years he has been involved in a voluntary capacity as Lead Sweep Coach, Lead Junior Men’s Coach to more recently Junior Lead Coach.
Following the appointment Fran said “I am delighted to be joining the Rowing Ireland team at such an exciting time for Irish Rowing and look forward to the challenge that this role has to offer”
Speaking about the appointment Chair of the HP committee Neville Maxwell said “Forward planning is key to our organisation not only with targeting Tokyo but also preparing for Paris. We believe that the appointment of Fran will fit perfectly with this strategy. Fran experience at domestic club level and with the junior team over the last number of years will hugely benefit Rowing Ireland as we build our clubs and crews in the upcoming years ahead”.