Clemens began his rowing career in Germany in the mid-1970's winning several gold medals at the German Scholastic and Junior Championships in the single, doubles and quads. In 1978, Clemens won the Junior Single event at the Thames Head Race in England. He was then invited to join the German Junior National Team and trained with world champion sculler, Peter Michael Kolbe. In 1979, Clemens medalled gold for Germany at an International Youth Regatta in Villach, Austria.
Clemens began coaching for the Ruderverein Wandsbek, Hamburg, in 1981 and completed his Coaching-B license from the German Rowing Association (DRV) in 1983.
In the United States, Clemens has coached masters at the Nereid Boat Club (1996-98). As co-founder of the Passaic River Rowing Association (1999) in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, he coached the first Youth Program in 2000. Since then until 2009 he continued to coach youth, masters, and college students at PRRA. Between 2001 and 2008, Clemens has been a regular guest coach each year at the Craftsbury Sculling Center in Craftsbury, Vermont. During the 2006 and 2007 High School seasons he was the Head Coach for the Don Bosco Prep High School Crew Team.
From 2008 to 2013, he was the Head Coach for the Teaneck High School Crew Team, established a new Crew Club at Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2009, and helped Leonia High School develop a new Crew Team from 2011 to 2013. From 2010 to 2013, Clemens developed programs for youth, collegiates, and adults with Teaneck Rowing Club, operating as Overpeck Community Rowing Association in 2013. Coach Clemens is a USRowing Level 2 certified coach.
Coach Clemens is available for private lessons.
$75 - one hour (for FDU members $50)
$100 - 1 1/2 hours (for FDU members $75)
To set up a mutually agreeable time please contact Coach Clemens via eMail (click here).
Clemens Reinke • Summer 2008
Clemens Reinke in July 1979 having received the gold medal at the International Youth Regatta in Villach, Austria.