Nik Kurmakov, the former Ukrainian and Soviet Union National Rowing champion, brings more than 30 years of rowing and coaching experience to the Simmons crew program. The 2015-16 season will be Kurmakov's 22nd 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 seventh 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. In addition, he's coached multiple All-Americans during his tenure with the Sharks.
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 gold medals at the Royal Canadian Henley Masters Regatta, the Masters U.S. National Championship, and the historic Head of the Charles five times from 2006-10.