Alex Binkowski is in his eighth year at UMass as an assistant coach. He has worked to develop the talent UMass has in its novice program to move up and fill slots on the varsity. The novice boats have continued to race well and his fall recruiting has resulted in one of the largest novice squads in recent years.
He joined the program after a stint at Indiana University, where he served as a volunteer assistant during the 2003 season. In 2001, Binkowski was a Women's Junior National Team assistant coach. He coached the Junior Women's Single to a victory in the C-Final and 13th place overall at the World Junior Rowing Championships in Duisburg, Germany. He then joined St. Ignatius College Prepatory School as head coach/associate program coordinator for the 2001-2002 school year.
Binkowski joined the Oak Ridge Rowing Association and worked as a volunteer coach with its nationally competitive high school program after moving to Tennessee. He became the head coach at Girls' Preparatory School in Chattanooga, where he tripled the size of the program and oversaw the building of a new boathouse and dock. His GPS teams won three consecutive South East Region Junior Women's Points Trophies and qualified multiple boats each year for the Youth Invite.
After completing a Master's degree at the University of Illinois, Binkowski began coaching the Kansas State University high school squad and soon took over the duties as head coach for the collegiate team, where he helped revive the club. While in Kansas, he also began sculling and joined the Topeka Rowing Association/Washburn University team, where he coached collegiate and high school athletes.
Binkowski began his involvement in rowing as a a member of the last squad of varsity rowers at Wayne State University from 1982-84, and capped his undergraduate career rowing in the varsity eight at Dad Vails to a fourth place finish. As a member of the Detroit Boat Club, he earned four national championship medals competing in the U.S. Rowing Nationals in 1983 and 1984 in the Senior Eight, Senior Four, Senior Lightweight Four, and Elite Lightweight Four.
Binkowski resides with his wife, Donna, and three children, Emma, Anastasia, and Shannon in Hadley, Mass.
Last Updated: August 24, 2011