Coaches

ANGELO SAVARINO

HEAD COACH – ANGELO SAVARINO

Angelo’s arrival at NUBC in 2005 followed three successful years based at Italy’s Paolo D’Aloja National Rowing Centre at Piediluco, Umbria, where he was Coach and Co-ordinator of the Italian Junior and Senior Women’s national teams, and Assistant Coach for the Italian Federation Rowing College.

With Angelo as their coach, Junior Italian crews picked up five silver medals and one bronze at the World Championships in 2003 and 2004.

Prior to that time, from 1994 to 2002, he was Head Coach at Circolo Canottieri Lazio, where athletes under his tutelage collected two gold, two silver and two bronze World Championship medals, and no fewer than 14 Italian National Championship victories.

Since arriving in Newcastle, Angelo’s coaching has secured NUBC 3 Henley Royal Regatta wins, numerous head of the river pennants and several championship wins at BUCS Regatta. He has also coached many athletes to the u23 Great Britain team and several Alumni onto the GB senior team.  As Head Coach, he has overall control of the coaching regime here at Newcastle, but on a day-to-day basis he runs the Senior Men’s squad.

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SENIOR WOMEN’S COACH / BOATMAN – ALEX LEIGH

Alex took over the Senior Women role in 2015, after successfully coaching the Novice Men since 2013. Alex is a Newcastle alumnus graduating in 2013, with a degree in History. Learning to row at Yarm School, he spent time at Leander before joining NUBC. He has had a solid rowing career here, winning BUCS golds, pennants at the Head of The River, and being part of the Prince Albert IV that made it into the final of Henley Royal.

Since becoming Women’s coach, the squad has secured 2 Boat Race titles, multiple medals at BUCS Regatta, multiple wins at Henley Women’s Regatta and has also qualified women's boats for Henley Royal Regatta. He has also coached a Women’s eight to a Silver at the European Universities Games in Croatia.

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ASSISTANT COACH – CIRO PRISCO

Arriving at Newcastle University Boat Club in 2015, Ciro is the lightweight Men's coach and Angelo's assistant. Back in Italy, Ciro went to four World Championships which included Junior and U23 Championships. After this Ciro worked as an assistant coach under Antonio La Padula, who was the head coach of the Italian Lightweight team.

In 2009, Ciro began studying a Sports Studies degree at the University of Central Lancashire. Between 2011 and 2014 Ciro was a coach/teaching assistant at Lancaster Royal Grammar School. Before coming to Newcastle in 2015, Ciro spent a year as the Head Coach at Lancaster University Boat Club. 

Since his arrival in Newcastle, on top of supporting Angelo in coaching the Men’s squad and running the novice program, Ciro has seen great success within the Lightweight squad, winning BUCS regatta championship lightweight 8 along with multiple wins at other major events.

Recently, Ciro has coached two GB boats at the 2017 U23 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

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