Nik Kurmakov, who emigrated to the United States in 1992 and once reigned as the former Soviet Union's National Rowing champion, brings more than 30 years of rowing experience to the Simmons crew program. The 2013-14 season marked Kurmakov's 20th year at the helm of Simmons Crew.
As a coach, Kurmakov has mentored the Simmons program to one of the top squads in the region. The Varsity Eight rowed to a first place finish at the 2009 Seven Sisters Regatta, and was ranked as high as 7th in the nation in spring 2010. In 2006, Simmons earned medals at the New England Fours Championship, the ECAC Championship and the world-renowned Head of the Charles Regatta. Simmons also captured the New England Fours Women’s Division Championship 2007 and 2008.
Kurmakov coached the Ukrainian and Soviet Union national rowing squads from 1977-1992 and has also coached at the Riverside Boat Club in Cambridge.
As a rower, he has garnered first place finishes at the National Championships in the Ukraine and the former Soviet Union from 1973 to 1975. More recently, Kurmakov won a gold medal in the Senior Master Men’s Eight in the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Head of the Charles for Team Attager. Kurmakov's 2007 Eight also set a course record.